Ready for walking! Different types of leads and harnesses

Ready for walking! Different types of leads and harnesses

Choosing the correct type of leash or harness that meets your needs is key in making your walks with your dog as enjoyable as possible.

August 13, 2020

Whether your dog got bigger, destroyed his last leash, or you’re simply in need of a style update, there are a variety of types of leashes and harnesses, perfect for every dog and their owner. 

Types of leashes

Nylon
Strong and practical, nylon leashes take up little space, are light and generally offer the best value. However, a very powerful dog who pulls too much may cause materials like nylon to cut or burn your hand, so some may need to look for a padded model and/or use it alongside a halter collar. Available in all sizes, colours and patterns, nylon leashes are perfect for dogs of all kinds. 

Retractable leashes
Practical and compact, retractable leashes are very popular. However, they should only be used on very obedient dogs who do not pull on their leash: a strong dog that pulls on the long rope may cause severe injuries to the owner, get tangled, and risks being in accidents with bicycles or cars. 

Metal leashes
Extremely solid but otherwise unpractical, metal leashes should only be used to discourage a dog who has the habit of biting or chewing their leash, and should only be used until the behaviour has stopped. 

Leather leashes
A much more expensive alternative to nylon leashes with similar results, leather leashes are generally a stylistic choice, but they can be very costly. Additionally, a firm tug on a leash that has been chewed on or that has gotten wet may cause the dried up leather to snap.

Types of harnesses

Y shaped harness
They can be identified by the shape similar to that of a Y they create on the dog’s chest. Available in all pet stores and in a wide range of sizes, these harnesses are the most commonly used by dog owners. They can be made of nylon or leather, with straps around the front paws that attach on the sides. 

T shaped harness
T shaped harnesses trace the shape of a T on either shoulder. Recommended for sportier dogs, they are often padded for comfort, but this can cause them to retain heat or take longer to dry when wet. These types of harnesses also often have a handle on the back, allowing for direct contact with the dog. 

H shaped harness
A classic for dogs that do not pull when on the leash. These are great for daily walks and are best suited for dogs with a calm disposition.

Head halter
More of a collar than a harness, head halters are very effective in controlling dogs that pull too much on their leash. By using a head halter, you can easily guide your dog with little effort. Although these require some getting used to, after a few times, the dog should start associating the halter with going for a walk. 

When in doubt, nylon leashes are a perfect choice for all types of dogs, but if you have any concerns, ask the experts in the pet shop.


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