Choosing the Best Lead For Dogs

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Choosing the best lead for your dog will be based on a number of factors, from size and length to comfort and design. It’s important to consider the type of walk you’re taking and your dog’s behaviour – for example, how much freedom they need, and whether they’re a puller. You’ll also want to think about the aesthetic – does your chosen lead look good, and is it hardwearing enough for repeated use? Read more

Standard leads are flat, usually nylon and come in a variety of lengths. They’re ideal for basic training, and offer a solid amount of control. Some have heavy-duty rings for tethering your dog to a pole or their collar, and can be shortened or extended for different walks. Nylon rope isn’t as comfortable as other materials, however, so if your dog tends to chew, it may not be the best choice. Source

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Retractable leads allow you to give your pet more freedom of movement but can be dangerous if they get too close to other animals or the street. They can also snap easily if your pup runs out of slack, and can become entangled around your dog’s neck, causing rope burn or injury. The thin cords can also snag on tree branches, fence posts and lampposts, and we’ve heard of dogs losing tails and limbs to them.

Signs of lead poisoning include gastrointestinal distress such as anorexia, emesis, colic and abdominal pain; neurological signs like behavioral changes, ataxia and tremors; and, in severe cases, death from seizures and brain damage caused by encephalomal degeneration with swollen astrocytes and thickened meninges. If you suspect your pet has ingested lead, contact your vet immediately. Blood and x-rays will be required to diagnose and treat the poisoning.

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