The Dog Leash – Keep Your Pet Safe
If you are walking your dog in a public place, more than likely you will be required to have him on a leash. You should consider a dog leash as one of your first purchases to make when you get your new best friend. A quality leash should match your dogs breed, age, and size. The color of your dogs collar, harness, or coat will probably play a role in your decision also. What color really accentuates your dogs coat or other accessories? After all, you want to show off your dog just as much as getting the exercise you both need.
Leashes used for training are often referred to as training leads or simply leads. They are perfect for teaching your dog several commands. Common commands that will keep you and your dog safer while out in public, or even at home, are "come", "stay", "heel", or "sit". You should spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes reinforcing these commands and then continue the lessons daily until your dog gets the idea.
The traditional leash for walking comes in leather, nylon, or cotton. These leashes are the most common and are offered in numerous styles and decorations. Nylon leashes can have a reflective strip for added safety. These leashes come in various lengths however the six-foot length is what most local laws require.
Traditional leashes offer diversity in not only textures and colors, but they also come in single or double leash style. Remember to try to keep the leash loose at all times. Try to resist the instinct to hold on tight since this only encourages your dog to pull. You will need to use your body language and firm but gentle commands to communicate to your dog what it is you want him to do. Never jerk back on the leash to stop your dog from pulling while he is on the leash. A simple tug or verbal command will do.
Another popular alternative to the traditional leash is the retractable leash. This type of dog leash provides variable distances between you and your dog. Your dog will have more freedom when at the end of a retractable leash which you need to give careful consideration to. For one thing, you will not have as much control over your friend, so keep in mind your dogs temperament if considering adding the additional freedom these leashes provide.
Whichever type of dog leash you decide upon, you will need to check the leash periodically for any fraying, tearing, and overall wear. Remember, your friends life is truly in your hands.
Taking care of your pet is a hefty responsibility however one that has huge rewards. A dog on a leash is a simple solution to keep your dog beside you for many years to come.