Dog Leash: Being Attached to Your Dog

Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

Virtually every community has a dog leash law. The law requires that dogs be kept on a leash at all times when on public property. While on private property, dogs must be under control of their owners. The intent of the law is to protect the health and safety of the public and to protect your pet.

The use of a leash will benefit you, your neighborhood, and your pet. There are many good reasons to keep your dog on a leash.


  • It’s a great good neighbor policy.
    • Preventing your dog from trespassing on the neighbor’s property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance of being properly introduced.
  • Improved companionship.
    • A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk with.
  • Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease.
    • It is less likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
  • A leash is commonly referred to as “Your Pet’s Lifeline”
    • Protecting your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are greatly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law.
  • An obedient and well behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
  • Re-locating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is
    obedient and leash trained.
  • It’s a great way to reward your dog.
    • Your dog will immediately respond with a wagging tail the moment he or she sees you holding the leash.
  • It’s a great identification tool.
    • Symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to the dog’s collar to find you if you and your pet should become separated.
  • It’s a great relief to wildlife
    • Keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.
  • It’s the law!
    • The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury.

What type of leash is best for you and your dog?

Everyone has a special reason that they use and like certain leashes.

The standard flat lead

This is your common leash made of nylon. It’s the cheapest, fastest, one to grab to go. Since these are more cheaply made, a dog can chew right through them. Also when training, they can scuff up your hand easily.

Bungee and stretchable rubber leashes

This kind of leash is best with dogs that are running with you. The “bungee” part will give you both a little shock absorption. I would not recommend these for dogs that are reactive because when you try to pull them back towards you, there is still that “bungee” slack that you have to fight with. (This may lead to a slower reaction from the dog.)

Harness lead

These are made from rope and are made for a shorter time of wearing. It’s important to properly fit because the rope can rub the fur off.

Easy Walk harness lead

This is great lead when walking and still training the dog how to walk properly on a leash. (It’s best for the dog to already know basics of “Follow Me” or “Heel”.) How these work is if the dog tries to walk away from you, you can redirect where their body is going. (It’s like a head harness, but for the body.) These are great for dogs with the longer necks (greyhound, suki) or if the dog has had a previous neck injury.

Slip leads

This is an “all in one” leash and collar. The loop or “collar” goes around the head and is secured usually with an adjustable leather joint around the dog’s neck. You usually see these types in dog shows or if the dog is going be off leash. It’s simple and easy to use and store away. (I have one that I use for shelter dogs so it’s easy to transfer from one dog to another without using a clip or buckle.)

Retractable leashes

These are nice to have when you want control of your dog while having them at a longer distance from you. When they get closer to you, it automatically will retract into the handle. There is also a “pinch” toggle that you can customize how much length they get. These leashes come in different lengths of “cord”. I personally use this one when Chloe is running on the beach and wants to get into the water. Warning: if you hold onto the cord to pull dog back or as the dog is running, you can burn and can cut your skin.) Also, you need to pay attention to where the dog is if you have lots of slack on the leash. (I’ve personally have seen many people not pay attention to where their dog is and the dog ends up getting into a dangerous situation with other dogs.)

Traffic leashes

Leashes like this are short enough to have the dog right next to you. They are called traffic leashes because you keep your dog by you the whole time mainly passing other people or dogs. These are great for crowded areas. I’ve used this when taking Chloe into festivals so she’s stuck by my side at all times and I can correct her faster if she’s distracted.

Leather leashes.

Leather is great on your hands when you are working, training, or walking your dog. These are usually higher priced than a regular leash, but they are softer on your hands. They are more durable and last longer than a traditional leash.

Chain leashes.

The metal links are resistant to chewing, and the leash is heavy enough to slow down some dogs. It’s also very hard to snap or break a metal dog leash, so this is a great option for large, strong dogs. There are different sizes of metal links making the leash lighter or heavier depending on what kind of dog you have. (Example is don’t put on a think heavy chain on a chihuahua.)

Attachable waist leash.

Hands free walking/running, but still have the security of your dog by your side. These are great for runners or if you just need your hands free. There is a waist buckle for you and the leash clips onto it with rings. There is a bungie on the upper half to shock absorb any quick stopping or turning. Most have an extra handle closer to the dog when you need to pass a distraction or people. Some may also have a pack to keep your phone, poo bags, and ID/credit cards.

Frankie’s & Chloe’s experience with leashes

Going to a Halloween dog party. Little Farmer!!

Frankie has tried a couple of these. He was started on a regular leash, but it was rough on our human hands. Then he was switched a retractable leash to go out potty and short walks. He loved the “almost freedom” of a retractable leash.

On the West Coast.

I’ve had Chloe on many of these leashes. The BEST one is the waist leash. We can go walking and I’m not having to constantly hold onto the leash. Mine has a pack that I can keep my phone, poo bags, keys, and ID/credit cards. It makes me relax more and Chloe likes that she can walk into the grass when she needs and come back to my side. When we are at the beach, I have her on a retractable leash so she can explore. (She would run after seagulls if I let her loose!!)

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