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What Is the Best Dog Leash for You?

Posted by Claudia Bensimoun on

Photo: @mywildswiss
As pet parents we may sometimes have a hard time making choices when it comes to choosing the best dog leash for our dogs. When learning how to leash train your dog, you’ll need to consider your dog’s size, age and energy level.
Understanding that small dog breeds need to have lightweight dog leashes, and that larger dog breeds will be easier to handle with a stronger and much heavier leash is key to an enjoyable walk or positive dog training session with your dog’s favorite training treats.
With some leashes being hands-free, and shock-absorption a most important feature, traditional dog leashes are still popular with dogs that pull. Training dog leashes are available in a variety of colors, with nylon leashes used for both training and everyday use.
Leather dog leashes are also trending, and are both luxurious and durable. Dog training gear that includes a dog collar, harness and leash are important to properly train your dog. That said, let’s take a look at all the different types of leashes, and what they’re used for.
Dog laying on rocks with dog leashPhoto: @denver_englishspringer

Training Dog Leash

Using the correct leash during training or adventurous weekend hikes makes all the difference. Agility training on agility equipment needs shorter leashes because it involves obstacles, and the shorter training leash will not get caught up in the jumps. Shorter leashes are also more effective in young dogs that become over-excited quickly when around new dogs.
Function is an important factor when looking for the best dog leash for you with length, width, material construction, and hardware like the additional bolt snaps for extra security, and durability, being important features to consider. Dog training leashes can either be flat webbed nylon, cotton, leather or rolled with rope like material for extra grip. Some training leashes also come in waterproof biothane.
Leashes like the Wolf Republic’s Scout Leash are extremely popular and can be shortened to function as a training leash, as well as a hands-free leash, and are awesome for taking your dogs hiking, long walks and even for those early morning jogs.

Shiba Inu Hiking with Hands Free Dog Leash

Photo: @mywildswiss


Hands-Free Dog Leash

Hands-free dog leashes may be best dog leash if you are a runner who wants to run with their pup but not be limited in range of motion. Many popular hand-free dog leashes are made to be strapped around your waist leaving your hands free for outdoor activities or leaving your hands free to carry cups of coffee on your sunday walks in the city. 
Although a hands-free leash is ideal in most situations its always to take into consideration the size of the dog in comparison to the person walking the dog. If the dog is much heavier than the person, they could be at risk of being toppled or drug by the dog. This is why a quick release buckle is always important in a hands-free leash so you can easily remove in an emergency.
Choosing the most functional dog leash for your dog means understanding safety, function, and fashion. Durability, style, and function also come into play here with reflective strips or stitching. When it comes to dog leashes, the good news is that the hands–free dog leash is not only affordable, but comes in many different styles. 
The styles are as follows:
  • Crossboy
  • Waist belt
  • Convertible
  • Bicycle
Features to look out for with the hands-free dog leash include the following:
  • Durability
  • Shock absorption
  • Gliding clips
  • Good sizing adjustments on waist belts
  • Reflective


Multi-Way Dog Leash used as tether

Photo: @izmookie

Basic Dog Leash

A good quality dog leash that is durable, affordable, stylish, and functional with ease-of use is important for taking your dog on walks, and even jogs around the neighborhood. Since all dog leashes, including basic dog leashes are important dog training tools, choosing the best dog leash for your dog is important. Working together with a positive dog trainer during positive dog training sessions allows for you to discuss leash options for your dog.
The styles are as follows:
  • Adjustable
  • Standard
  • Retractable
  • Martingale
Features to look out for with the basic dog leashes include the following:
  • Durable material 
  • Affordability
  • Fully functional
  • Stylish with multiple color and size options
  • Featuring a high-quality clip at the end of the leash to clip on to the collar
  • Numerous material options from cotton, leather, cloth, nylon, chain to reflective

Multi-Way Dog Leash

Scout Multi-Way Dog Leash with Hands-free and adjustable length

Wolf Republic Scout Leash $38.00
A multi-way or convertible dog leash is ideal to take your dog from puppy training to a variety of outdoor and urban activities. Leashes that adjust in length are great for when walking in urban areas and you need a shorter leash with more control or adjust to longer length to give your dog more room to roam on hikes. 
One leash that does it all so you don't have to worry about which leash you bring with you, a multi-way leash works in every situation. With the ability to switch from hand-held to hand-free we love the buckle detail to use as a tether for keeping our pup close while we set up our campsite. 
Key Features:
  • Durable lightweight nylon webbing in military khaki
  • Ergonomic handle offers security and comfort during training and exercise for both dogs and pet parents
  • Features military grade stainless steel cobra buckle
  • Offers accessories loop
  • Leash can be used for hands-free walks while fitting snugly around your waist
  • Multi-functional, and can be used from puppyhood to adult dog
  • Affordable & safe
Convertible Multi-Way Hands Free Dog Leash
Featuring durable nylon webbing with two points of adjustment, the Wolf Republic Scout Leash offers an adjustable handle size, and is also a multi-way leash. Leash length adjusts for training sessions from 3’ to 6’ to allow for more control during those fun outings! 
When purchasing the best dog leash for your dog, opt for numerous different leashes, and try them out during training and exercise activities. See what works best for both you and your doggo! Not all leashes are created equal! That said, active dogs will need durable, high-quality material that’s sturdy and waterproof. Teaching your dog to be calm and friendly during walks is key, yet takes time and plenty of commitment to positive dog training with treats. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do this alone, and can always reach out to a positive dog trainer to give you a hand!


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