Dog Leashes also called dog leads lead lines or just plain leads are used for the training control and restraint of a dog. With a wide array of designer dog leads now available the leash has become as much fashion statement as functional equipment.
The various types of dog leads are simply rope or chains slip leads nylon or ribbon dog leashes leather leads retractable leads and a handful of specialty leads including bicycle hiking hideaway couplers and bark control.
While the most popular type of dog leash remains the standard loop handled nylon leash many of the specialty leads are gaining in popularity. Dog owners are finding that specific conditions and activities are more thoroughly enjoyed when the dog leash type is correctly matched. Combine the improving and specific functionality with the numerous local and regional leash laws and virtually any dog that ventures outdoors will require a dog leash.
Types of Dog Leashes:
STANDARD NYLON: Typically consisting of a single layer of fabric the nylon lead has a loop handle at one end with or without a clasp. The far end has whats called a Metal Bolt Snap. Other snaps sometimes used are Trigger Snaps Beefy Snaps or Lobster Claws
RIBBON NYLON: These are very similar to the Standard Nylon lead with the main difference being the layers of material used. For a Ribbon Dog Lead a ribbon pattern is sewn on to the Nylon Webbing
ROPE OR CHAINS: The most basic of dog lead the rope or chain lead sometimes does not even have a closure or loop component. Typically used for fixed point or tie down control.
LEATHER: Part fashion part function the leather dog lead blends the durability and quality of leather with a fashionable appeal. Constructed in much the same way as the standard or ribbon dog lead the leather leash usually has a loop handle and bolt snap. Another common leather lead is the braided or twisted leash. This is simply a braid of leather added mostly as a decorative element
RETRACTABLE: These have become much more popular in recent years as they allow control of the dog but still a degree of freedom for the dog to roam. The Retractable leash is made from a long rope or cord with a bolt snap at the end. The other end coils or retracts into a housing unit often made of PVC or other weather proof material. More intricate retractable leashes have a housing unit with a locking mechanism and spring to allow easy recoil. Even more intricate models add on elements such as doggie bag holders flashlights utility tools and other small utility objects.
SPECIALTY: A large number of specialty leashes have been introduced recently. These are designed for specific used such as hiking hunting biking and other outdoor activities.