Any and all dogs enjoy getting outdoors to explore and smell interesting places. Different dogs and different situations require different qualities and features from a leash.
The first thing to consider are the dog's characteristics and the purpose of the leash. When choosing a lead, it is worth considering:
- The dog size. Is your dog small or big?
- The dog characteristics. Is your dog prone to pulling the leash unexpectedly?
- The purpose of the leash. Are you looking for a leash for city walks or forest trips?
A light leash for a small dog, a sturdier one for a big dog
For a small dog, a lighter leash with a lighter lock is sufficient. A leash that is too big makes it difficult for the dog to move and makes walking uncomfortable. A leash that is too heavy for the size of the dog can cause pain by putting constant pressure on the dog's neck.
When walking a large dog, the leash lock and leash itself should be strong enough.
The influence of the dog's characteristics on the choice of the leash
In addition to the size of the dog, it is worth considering other dog characteristics that influence the choice of leash, such as the activity and obedience.
An unsuitable leash can, in the worst case, provoke the dog's behavioural problems. Pulling and restraining are challenges that the dog's leash also plays a role in solving. Keeping the leash loose, rather than pulling hard, keeps things more relaxed. It is also worth paying attention to the tensile strength of the leash: it must be able to withstand the dog's pulling and tugging.
If you need extra security when walking your dog, choose a leash with an extra handle to control the dog in trickier situations.