Dogs have been by our sides for thousands of years, and for many of us, a home is not a home without a furry friend. But whether you purchase a puppy or rescue an oldie, teaching them to walk without pulling will make life much easier for both of you. And there are different leads available to help you let them explore, safe in the knowledge they’re having fun while also being under control.


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The bigger your pet, the tougher your lead needs to be or it could snap in half or at the clip. But it should also be lightweight to ensure walking is easy for you both, and have a comfortable handle so you don’t risk rope burn if your dog makes a sudden movement or pulls. Reflective materials keep you safe and visible at night. 

Nylon leads are popular as they’re strong, lightweight, and easy to clean. Shorter leads allow you more control over the animal while you’re training, and a fastening at either end allows you to either double clip the same dog if you’re worried about them escaping or walk two at the same time. Rings on leashes are also helpful as they allow you to alter its length or attach extras like poo bags.


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Once your dog knows its name, it’s time to work on recall and a lengthy lead is invaluable. Ten metres is ideal as it’s long enough for your pet to get away from you but not so long as to be cumbersome and get caught up continually. They’re also good for giving reactive dogs freedom while controlling free-running canines, so you can relax and not worry about unexpected situations.