Let's Talk Leads - Which Lead do you Need?

Let's Talk Leads - Which Lead do you Need?

Let's Talk Leads - Which Lead do you Need?

With so many different types of lead available, it's hard to know which is best for you and your dog. Well, have no fear, we're here to help! In this blog post (our first ever one!) we'll talk you through the different types of lead and what they're used for, as well as our favourite small business recommendations for where to buy them if it's not something we stock.

 

So, let's get started!

 

Standard Leads

A loop at the top for your hand and a clip at the bottom for your dog. Nothing fancy, just your standard dog lead! Standard leads are ideal for most situations and are usually found in a few different lengths.

Standard leads also come in a variety of materials, ours are mostly made from a waterproof canvas, but we also do standard rope leads. Biothane is also a popular choice for its waterproof, easy to clean design.

Shop our Best Selling Tequila Sunset Lead - 

https://meandthebear.co.uk/products/tequila-sunset-waterproof-lead

Signature Biothane Lead by Liv Like Busby - 

https://livlikebusby.com/products/signature-leads

 

Traffic Leads

Basically a shorter version of a standard lead, traffic leads are designed to keep your dog nice and close to you in 'high traffic' situations; on the road, in busy public spaces, on public transport etc.

 

Twiggy Tags Customised Biothane Traffic Lead 

https://www.twiggytags.co.uk/shop/p/trafficlead

Leadporium Rope Traffic Handle

https://www.leadporium.com/product-page/traffic-handle

 

Training Leads

The ultimate in multifunctional design! Training leads have a clip at either end, plus metal loops at set points. Training leads can be clipped at these set points to make the lead longer or shorter, they can be clipped around yourself for hands free walking and they can be clipped to two points on your dog for more control.

Training leads are great for pretty much every situation, if you're stuck for which lead to buy, I'd go for one of these!

Our Attenborough Blue training lead. This is available in several colours!

https://meandthebear.co.uk/products/attenborough-blue-training-lead

A Sliding training lead is another option, with a slider to make your lead longer and shorter. This is our 'Magic Adjustable Lead'

https://meandthebear.co.uk/products/the-magic-adjustable-lead-hi-ho-silver

 

Slip Leads

Slip leads are designed to slip over your dogs head and sit loosely as they walk. These are not designed for dogs that pull or lunge as they tighten when pulled.

Slip leads are an essential bit of kit for brand new oversea rescue dogs, with some rescues requiring the use of a slip lead for brand new dogs. When shopping for this purpose, you need to make sure you've got a slip lead with a stopper. The stopper prevents the rope lead from loosening and acts as a final barrier for if the dog gets frightened and slips their harness and or collar.

Dog on a Log Customisable Slip Lead

https://www.dogonalog.co.uk/product-page/custom-slip-lead

 

Long Lines

Have a dog that can't be fully trusted off-lead? Then a longline is the lead for you! Long lines are designed to be attached to a harness, never to a collar, due to the pressure applied if the dog runs to the end of the line at full speed. Longlines are available in pretty much any size you could possibly need, ranging from 3m up to 50m and beyond.

Longlines are available in webbing, rope / paracord and PVC and it's very much down to personal preference.

Rope / Paracord is great for small dogs due to the lightweight nature, however it does have a tendency to get tangled and pick up muck.

Webbing is nice and strong and a more budget friendly option, but can be difficult to manage at the longer lengths and again, will pick up muck on a walk.

PVC is an easy clean, tangle free option if your dogs particularly enjoys the muck, but is often too heavy for smaller dogs and is challenging to handle at longer lengths.

Liv Like Busby PVC Longline

https://livlikebusby.com/products/waterproof-long-lines

Trinkety Paws Paracord Longline

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1057007412/paracord-rope-dog-long-line-leash-i?

 

Retractable Leads

The final lead type that I'd like to mention is retractable leads. Retractable leads are, in my opinion, dangerous and should be avoided. They can cause injury to dogs and humans if they get tangled (I've had the backs of my knees cut open by an excitable puppy on a retractable), and at their worst they can cause limb amputation and strangulation.

That said, if you're on a walk with a small dog and there are no other dogs around, a retractable could be safely used, but I'd always recommend a longline as a much safer alternative.

 

In Conclusion

If you're thinking of bringing home a new friend, you're probably going to need a couple of different leads to use in different situations! I'd recommend a training lead as a good starting point, but if you're bringing home a rescue, you're probably going to want a longline and potentially a slip lead until your dog is comfortable enough with you to be allowed off-lead.

 

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