Leashes: The Great Debate (12 replies)
As a pet sitter and dog walker, I have the opportunity to use a lot of different types of leashes and encounter a lot of different walking styles. I get dogs who heel beautifully and make me feel as though I am sailing across the green at Westminster...then I have others that literally take ME for a walk. Or a drag.
SO dog parents, this pet sitter is curious: Do you have a favorite leash type or one that you hate; and how important do you think it is to train dogs to walk well on the leash?
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Probably one of the worst is a little dachshund that I walk. They have a retractable leash and the thing is so strong that it pulls her in when it gets retracted. Not a good choice for a little doggie!
I always prefer body harness, and the most important thing is the length of the leash! I have realized that if the leash is too short, dogs tend to drag and behave even more uncontrollable! The leash should be long enough to make the dog feel unconstrained!
We don't have a dog currently, but our Pip always wore a collar and we walked him with a standard leash. I always wanted to try a body harness, just didn't. They look as if they don't yank on the poor dog's neck when and if the dog tries to pull or drag you (just for you, Melissa) Ha Ha!
I think it's very important to teach your dog to walk well on a leash. I think it helps establish the master/dog relationship and makes it a pleasure rather than a bother to take a walk with your dog. We've had foster dogs who zig zagged back and forth in front of me when I walked them. It's a trip hazard. I know because I've tripped on the road and in our yard. Leash manners matter :)!!
Just curious, Melissa...do you have any Greyhound clients? We volunteer with a Greyhound Rescue and all the dog parents equip their hounds with Martingale Collars. My friend Kim who has anywhere from 4 to 6 hounds (counting fosters) at any given time, has an entire collection of collars--all colors, all occasions, etc. She also makes her hounds wear holiday hats when we host Meet & Greets--CrAcKs me up every time!
No Greyhounds, but I do have a Whippet! She's great on the leash though, never an issue with pulling. She is the sweetest thing, I could totally see her tolerating a hat even if she didn't necessarily like it haha.
Bob, I agree that harnesses can be a lifesaver. I know they look like they pull on the neck, but in actuality a properly fitted harness pulls more on their body. It's the collars that yank and choke. Dogs tend not to like having their entire body be held back so they slow down, plus walkers can apply a little more pressure/firmness to the hold because it doesn't look or feel like we're choking the dog.
Properly sized leashes are important too - but it is part of the walker's responsibility to keep track of the leash and gather and release as needed so no tripping happens. I have one little 6 pound Shih Tzu that is blind and believe me, she's my most challenging walk - she will nip right under your feet if you're not looking, or walk into a ditch, a manhole, a tree, another dog, you name it. Plus she zig zags!
Hey Chris! What leash you elect to use depends primarily on your dog. A lot of dogs actually dislike the harness because of how it feels, but for the "pullers" it's a necessary tool. If your dog is great on the leash and you maintain control without a harness, then you'd likely be fine sticking with a regular leash.
I can't advocate for the retractables, though. I just don't think they give the walker enough control.
Chris, you've got that right - it sure would be a lot easier! But they do tell us via body language. Of course, some just hate the whole concept of the leash haha.
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