Monday, February 20, 2012

Dog Leashes

Dog leashes are not all the same. Here are four types:

Standard leashes are use for everyday use and basic obedience training. They are typically in 4-8 feet in lengths. Most leashes found in pet stores are 6 foot long which is ideal for most dog walking. The materials used are nylon or leather.

Adjustable leashes are similar to standard leashes, however they have several loops along the leash that allow the length to be adjusted to be shorter or longer. Kind of custom fitted to arm length. This also allows better training handling. Adjustable leashes are nice to attached to things such as park benches or trees.

Martingale leads are a collar and leash combo. They are Commonly used for toy or small breeds in the show ring or for a dog that does not were a collar in the home. The collar portion slips over the head and tightens when the lead is being pulled. Larger sizes are available for medium or larger dogs.

Retractable leashes contain a cord of up to 26 feet that retracts into a plastic case with a handle. The way it works is similar to that of a measuring tape. The leash can lock in place at any length. Retractable leashes allow your dog to freely wonder about without letting your dog off-leash. When using these leashes, you dog should be trained to walk on a regular leash. If your dog is not trained he will be hard to handle on a retractable leash. These leashes can become tangled around you or your dog resulting in a hazardous situation.

New Safe Retractable leash coming soon.

Retractable leashes pose problems for people and their pets.
Most accidents appear to happen when the cord wraps itself around fingers or when it snaps out and hits the eye or other body parts.
Dogs darting into the street, owners unable to jerk them back from afar.
Cord can lock into place and snap the dog's neck.

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