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How to Choose the Best Leash for Your Pooch

emppaw - July 6, 2020 - 0 comments


Choosing a leash for your dog takes a good amount of thought. You have to think about how big your dog is, and how strong they are. You should also take into consideration their level of training, activity levels and personality type. If your dog isn’t leash trained to begin with, it doesn’t matter what leash you use, you’ll probably struggle a bit until they are. But there are superior leashes when it comes to safety for your pooch. Being that we walk dogs all day every day, we wanted to take some time to explore secure and non-secure leashes.

Secure Leashes

The leash you choose for your dog is important. You want your dog to be safe, but also comfortable no matter who’s walking them. Sometimes, we even put fashion over function. But we can assure you that when it comes to walking your dog, you should be more concerned with function. Here are two leashes that are safe, secure and come highly recommended by our dog walkers.

This leash is equipped with a quick clasp. As you can see, there’s no locking mechanism. You have to push to release the clasp, making it difficult for your dog to get loose. This clasp style is also more durable than a traditional clasp as it’s not spring operated.

Other things to take into consideration are the width of the leash and the material it’s made from. Nylon is one of the most durable materials for a leash. We recommend, even if you have a small dog, that you don’t use any leash that is less than a half-inch in width. The smaller the width, the easier it is for it to slip out of your hands.

As professional dog walkers, being safe and secure while walking your dog is our priority. The leash that is pictured here is actually a personal favorite of our New York city dog walkers. The clasp you see here is a carabineer clasp. To secure the leash onto your dog, you must first unlock the clasp before securing the hook.

This type of clasp allows for complete security, which is good for both your dog and whoever’s walking them. You won’t have to worry about your dog getting away when you have one of these clasps on your leash.

Non-secure Leashes

Safety should always come first when walking your dog. With that being said, we think that you should stay away from these leashes. Here’s why. . .

This is the quintessential dog leash. If you’ve ever had a dog, you’ve probably owned one of these leashes in your lifetime. But we would be willing to bet that you probably don’t use this leash now, especially with all the other options available to you. If you’re anything like us, the clasp on this leash is the issue. Over time the clasp gets worn out and can stop functioning properly, leaving your pooch susceptible to squirming their way out of the leash. So we recommend that you stay away from this kind of leash.

A retractable leash may seem like a good idea, but it’s not necessarily the most functional or the most secure leash around. Consider for a minute, how this leash works. It is adjustable in length, it has a non-secure clasp, and it doesn’t give you a ton of control over your dog. Moreover, these leashes are usually only a quarter inch in width, due to the fact that the leash needs to fit into such a small space when retracted. Which again can pose a threat to your dog’s safety. There are also a ton of moving parts in this leash. If one of them breaks, you have to get a whole new leash. As far as safety and security goes, this leash is at the bottom of our list for a reason.

Safe New York City Dog Walkers

Security is important when it comes to your pooch, especially when they’re out on their walk. At Empire Of Paws, we don’t just walk your dog, we love and protect them. We are dedicated to walking your dog when you aren’t able to. Our New York City dog walkers are ready to walk your dog, even if you don’t have one of the leashes we recommend. Schedule your meet and greet today and find out why all the pooches love Empire Of Paws!

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