How to Choose a Good Leash For Your Dog?


Walking your dog is the most important time during your day. It’s the time that your dog starts to change his routine, see other people, pee, and connects with you. It’s called the Quality Time between you and your dog together, and that’s why this time should be spent happily and benefit from every second of it. 

Unfortunately, I often see the complete opposite of what I said. I see people always struggling walking their dogs and shout at them for being bad dogs. So, I thought about writing about one of the essential keys to have a pleasant walk with your dog, which is a good leash indeed. So, how to choose a good leash for your dog?

A good leash is a mix of quality, good design, toughness, and lightness. When you have a good leash, you can trust that it won’t get cut off suddenly, and your dog will run and never come back. A good leash should also be reliable in every environment, and in every medium, no matter how the climate it, your leash shout sustain any climate changes and never rusts or cuts off because of water, snow, or mud.

Disclaimer:

This post contains some names of great and popular leash companies. However, we aren’t paid by any means to promote any product. All of the information provided here is based on our personal experience and isn’t based on money.

Also, while this post talks about best leashes, it is not intended to show you a tutorial on how to walk your dog or how to train him to walk well beside you. It is intended to show some of the best companies that produced high-quality and top-notch products in their industry.

Different Types of Dog Leashes

So, how can you decide to choose a leash and abandon the other? Yes, it is according to your dog. In this section, I am not speaking about the quality of the leashes but instead talking about general types of leashes that we can summarize in the following list:

  • Standard flat leash: The most common one that almost every owner buys. It comes with a clasp at the end to attach it to your dog’s collar or harness and generally between 4 and 8 feet long. You should choose it in 80% of the situations, most common of them when you are sure that your dog is well trained to move beside you as this leash can slip easily from your hand if you were surprised by a running dog…
  • Bungee and stretchable rubber leashes: These leashes have pros and cons. The first one is the reduce stress on the leash because they are stretchable, so they will attract the dog towards you whenever he pulls. Making it easy for older or young people to walk their dogs as the leash will be very helpful. However, from a training point of view, all the trainers will tell you never to buy such a leash as you have to train your dog to move beside you instead of just trying to buy some aids.
  • Gentle leader headcollar: Uhhh, do I really have to speak about those leashes? Well, they’re the worst. Forgive me, but these leashes are treating dogs very bad. The theory of this leash is that you should put your leash around the dog’s muzzle that he will look like a horse wearing his harness, and whenever he tugs you, he won’t be able to breathe. It is self-reinforcing, and eventually, your dog unlearns pulling the leash. I am sorry, guys; I am against this. Most of the time, when you see a dog wearing this thing, try to be out of his way as he most likely will be very aggressive due to the stress on him (and his walk isn’t lovely at all).
  • Harness lead: The harness lead is one rope designed to be formed around the chest area as a harness, and the rest of it will be its leash. The leash helps to direct the pressure towards the dog’s chest instead of his neck, which can be useful. It gets tightened more and more whenever the dog tries to pull on the leash. However, it is not the best leash in everyday life, but it is considered one of the best leashes in Agility Training or competition training.
  • Slip lead (NOT FOR EVERYONE): Slip lead is for training purposes, and it is not intended for long time usage. Please, reread what I have just said carefully again!
    The slip leash acts the same as Harness lead, but instead, is formed around the neck, not the chest. Making your dog cough whenever he pulls, and he has to stop pulling as this hurts his neck. While this may be good for old-school training (which I hate), however, it is intended to be used during training sessions only, not for an everyday walk.
  • Retractable leash: While this leash is beautiful, I am not recommending it. The Retractable Leash is a leash of which you control the length — making it very long or very short if needed. While this may seem the best choice for all dogs instead of letting them off-leash, for example, this leash doesn’t give you full control over your pet, which risks your both lives.
    The mechanism of this leash works as follow, you have a button in it that you can allow the leash to have a variable length according to where the dog can go and when you need to return the dog back, you press the button twice (The first one to stop the leash from increasing its length, second one to reverse its direction -decreasing the length-). So your dog can come closer. The problem is in surprises; you need to do it very fast with no mistake! Otherwise, your dog can already quarrel with another dog, and you still can’t grab him. That’s why I don’t recommend it unless you trust your quickness.

What Is a Good Leash?

A good leash is basically a leash that you can depend on. A lot of leashes get really rapped off from the first walk, and we all know how hard it is to grab a dog who is playing in the mud without a leash. A good leash also must be suitable for any environment, no matter how muddy, witty, or hard it is.

Good Leash VS Cheap Bad Leash?

So why should you worry about buying a good leash when you can really buy a 10$ one and still have your dog attached to you in some way?

Well, you can buy a very bad cheap quality leash and still have your dog connected to you. However, if your dog saw a squirrel and decided that he must run after it right now, will you be confident and sure that the leash will be trusted not to be cut off easily?

That’s why you should worry about the leashes you buy because it matters, especially when your dog isn’t trained to come back to you when he runs
With no further discussions, let’s start to look at our top leash companies in 2019! However, the leash companies aren’t ranked from the best to the worst, all of them are great, and they are in random order! No company is better than the other!

Best leash companies in 2019 and their products.

Mendota Pet.

Mendota Pet was founded in 1994 and is considered one of the pioneers in this field. No matter how many leash companies are out there, Mendota Pet must be a remarkable name among them. You can visit their website here.

Leashes

Mendota Pet offers a wide variety of leashes with really a beautiful design and top quality. Most of them are made of waterproof, vibrant, long-lasting multi-filament polypropylene rope. Some of them are made of leather. Their leashes are known to be well made and never rip off easily. No client has ever said that their leash ripped off, and the dog went off! It never happened. They are also offering a wide variety of leashes that we have covered earlier in this post!

Guarantee

The unique thing about Mendota Pet is that they offer a guarantee on the leash, what!!!??

Yes, they say,

If you are not fully satisfied with any of our products you purchased on our website, we will cheerfully refund your product purchase price, no questions asked (within the United States and Canada only). If you purchased on our website, you could simply return the merchandise to us within 30 days. We will refund to your credit card on file. (You are responsible for the cost to return)

Mendota Pet

I don’t think that they will offer a bad quality leash if they allow for a refund with no additional charges, won’t they?

Special Deals

While they don’t have any discounts at the moment, they are offering free shipping for any order that exceeds 35$ in the USA! So head off to their website and grab your order now! Your pet must be excited!

Contacting

Luckily, Mendota Pet is available on all Major Platforms. Do you think they will never answer you? I have contacted them, and they reached me back in the same day! That makes them very special too.

You can reach them through the contact form on their website. 

They are also available on social media platforms like FacebookInstagram, and YouTube. You can buy their products directly from their website too!

Atlas Pet Company

GUARANTEED FOR LIFE, EVEN IF YOUR PUP DESTROYS IT®

Atlas Pet Company

Simplicity and Beautifulness have their title, which is Atlas. I can figure an Atlas product out of 100s of other leashes. Their beautiful simple leashes and collars are outstanding. Let’s give an overview of them.

Leashes

Atlas Pet provides high-quality lifetime guaranteed leashes that differ in form, shape, and material. Their leashes are known to sustain huge and strong dogs, which are really suitable for the little beasts we have.

Guarantee

They too provide a refund guarantee, we can see what they say on their website:

ATLAS PET COMPANY PRODUCTS ARE BACKED BY A 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. IF IT’S NOT YOUR NEW FAVORITE, SEND IT BACK FOR FREE.
TRY RISK FREE

Atlas Pet Company.

I like these companies and how they offer you to return the products for free if something goes wrong, so you never think that you get scammed!

Special Deals

While they don’t have any discounts at the moment, they are offering free shipping for any order that exceeds 75$! So head off to their website and grab your order now! Your pet must be excited!

Contacting

Luckily, Atlas Pet Company is available on all Major Platforms. Do you think they will never answer you? In fact, I have contacted them, and they reached me back in the same day! That makes them very special too.

You can reach them through the contact form on their website here. They are also available on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. You can buy their products directly from their website too!

The Bark Co

While this may amaze you, however, this fantastic new company has really made its way to sell one of the highest quality and most fashionable leashes of all the time. They are in Barcelona, and they sell their products all over the world.

They are known to have light and high resistant leashes, which make their leashes the perfect mix!

Leashes

They offer high-quality light products that are known to be fashionable.

Refund and return.

They offer high-quality light products that are known to be fashionable.

Contacting

Luckily, The Bark Co to is available on all Major Platforms. Do you think they will never answer you? I have contacted them, and they reached me back in two days! That makes them very special too.

You can reach them through the contact form on their website here. They are also available on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. You can buy their products directly from their website too!

Conclusion

That wasn’t that long to read. However, we have put a lot of effort in it contacting all the companies to provide an honest review of all that we’ve covered in this post. Buying a good leash is one of the most important things that you should never forget!

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Author: Soheir Maher

Hi, I am Soheir. I have always been passionate about dogs. My first dog was Leo who was a wonderful Golden Retriever after that I got Kira another Golden Retriever who is wonderful too.My passion for dogs made me read a lot about them. Training them personally made me become an expert in everything related to them, that's why my writing is always a mix of experience and science. My writing about dogs isn't for the sake of earning a living but instead, for the sake of benefiting people around the world.