Choosing the Right leash and Clipper for your Dog

Choosing the right leash and clipper for your Dog

Leashes are a very important accessory for your Dog as it plays a pivotal role in retaining control over your pet and also helps in training them. Choosing the right kind of leash for your dog can be difficult and confusing since there are so many different concerns about picking the right leash and clipper. When it comes to clipping with a leash, there are so many different styles and choices that can make it a little difficult to find your happy place. To avoid any confusion or confusion-induced accidents, We have decided to bring you a guide to choose the perfect clipper and leash for your dog. In this article, we will talk about the different types of leashes, how to choose them for different kinds of uses, the different types of leashes and more. 

What is a leash and how does it work?

A leash is a rope, chain, strap or similar material that is attached to a collar to control or lead a pet, or to harness, or manage them. Different lengths, widths, styles, and types of dog leashes are available to fit different breeds, temperaments, and uses in daily life and training. However, all dog leashes serve the same basic purpose: to keep your dog safe and under control while out in public, as well as to assist you in managing your dog during training.

Why do dogs need a leash?

1. Leashes are important for dogs as they help the owners to have control over them in public spaces like roads or parks. This is for their own safety, as a loose dog can cause accidents or become aggressive if their owner loses control.

2. A leash can also be handy during training sessions because it is a simple and effective technique to keep your dog under control.

3. It keeps your dog from chasing and frightening other animals, youngsters, or individuals who have a fear of dogs.

4. It also prevents your dog from wandering into inappropriate areas and going to the bathroom there, or from running into the road and harming themselves and possibly others if they cause an accident.

5. A leash is a device that allows you to temporarily tie your dog so that they are secure if you are unable to give them your full attention for a short period of time.

During the early stages of puppyhood, a leash is a crucial tool to keep your puppy safe while also assisting you in training. It's also a useful tool for management and control.

What should you look for in a leash?

Almost every leash is adequate for everyday use, such as walks or exercise. If your dog is having trouble with a particular behavior or you're trying to teach them a new ability, your choice of the leash may be increasing the problem or causing confusion in your training.

Consider the following factors while choosing a leash:

1. Check what you're planning to use it for.

2. Check the material it's made of and its type.

3. Check for the best length and width.

4. The leash's style and kind of fastening for attaching it to your dog's collar.

There's a lot to think about, which is why there are literally dozens of options.

Different types of Leash

Without considering the various materials used, lengths, widths, colors, and other factors, dog leashes may be divided into only a few major types, as mentioned below.

The standard dog leash

This is the most common form of dog leash that is used for basic training and regular walks. They're normally made of Nylon or leather, while other materials such as cotton and rubber are also available, but they're not as durable and therefore considerably less frequent. Both nylon and leather are durable enough to restrain an adult dog while remaining lightweight enough to be used with a puppy. They range in length from 4 to 8 feet, with 6 feet being the most popular. This length provides lots of space for movement while remaining short enough to provide the handler complete control of their dog in the event of an emergency. For everyday use, we recommend a 6-foot leather leash to all of our clients.

Our Recommendations:


Ruffwear Flat Out Dog Leash

Trixie Premium Leash

Retractable dog leashes

You may adjust the length of the leash you give your dog for freedom of mobility with retractable dog leashes. They're similar to measuring tapes in that they have a nylon cord that can extend anywhere from 4 to 30 feet and a locking mechanism in the plastic handle that allows you to secure the leash at various lengths. When you release the mechanism, they automatically collect any slack in the leash and retract the line into the handle. Although retractable dog leashes are becoming increasingly popular, they can cause rope burns or possible strangulation. 

Aside from these risks, using a retractable leash without first learning how to use it correctly could teach your dog to pull. Unless our dog is walking towards us, a retractable leash will nearly always have tension on it. They are "pulling" to stretch the leash to go to wherever they are wanting to go or get there while walking away. Once the dog achieves its goal, the behavior is rewarded.

Our Recommendations:

Flexi New Classic Tape Leash

 Trixie New Classic DUO Cord Leash

Adjustable dog leashes

Adjustable leashes are an excellent alternative to retractable leashes since they provide you with a leash that you can adjust the length of without causing a constant pulling feeling for our dogs, enabling us firm control while also giving our pups freedom at our discretion. The addition or removal of loops or extra clips along the length usually allows for adjustments between 3 and 6 feet. These allow you to use a shorter leash for training, such as heel work, when you want your dog to be near to you, while still allowing you to walk your dog freely.

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Trixie 3 Stage Classic Adjustable Leash

Chain leashes

This sort of leash can be used in place of a normal leash and is especially good for dogs who chew and destroy their leashes. They come in a variety of weights and thicknesses, making them perfect for dogs of all sizes. When using a chain leash, it's critical to keep an eye on your dog. If your dog does not soon learn that the leash is indestructible and stops gnawing, he or she may suffer tooth damage.

Our Recommendation:


Trixie Dog Chain Leash With Nylon Hand Loop

Bike Leash

If you have an energetic dog, you might want to try utilising a dog bike leash to accompany you on your exercise path. This style of leash is fastened to the frame of your bicycle and allows your dog to move at an adjustable distance from the bike. With proper training, your dog will be able to work beside you while you ride your bike without running away. It can be tough to use this style of leash at first, but once your dog has become used to it, it's a terrific method to get both you and your dog some exercise each day.

Seat Belt Leash

Seat belt safety leashes are short leashes with a clip on one end to link to your dog's collar and a seat-belt clip on the other end to keep your dog secure in the rear seat of your car. This keeps kids from crawling all over the place and disrupting you while you're driving. It also keeps them from walking away in the event of an accident because they are fastened to the vehicle. It's usually preferable to travel with your dog in a car crate, but if that's not an option, a seat belt safety lead is the next best thing, and it's certainly better than not securing them at all.

Martingale Collars

This type of leash combines a conventional style leash and a martingale collar into one.  When attempting to prevent a dog from pulling, they are used as a training aid. When your dog pulls, it tightens around his neck, not choking him, but providing just enough pressure around his neck to function as an aversion, making it uncomfortable if they pull and so discouraging the habit.

Our Recommendations:


Trixie Stop-the-Pull Chain Collar

Ruffwear Chain Reaction Dog Collar


While some may not consider a harness to be a form of dog leash, it most certainly is! Many dogs will benefit from wearing a harness rather than a regular dog leash since it allows the owner a better grip on a dog that need guidance. Furthermore, dog harnesses are regarded to be more comfortable and easy to adjust for dogs, making them a win-win situation for many owners. One of the most popular accessories for owners of large dogs who prefer to pull is a no-pull harness. Back clip harnesses and front clip harnesses are the two types of harnesses available.

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Ruffwear Hi & Light Dog Harness


Trixie Premium Nylon H-Harness

Types of dog leash materials 


Nylon has the advantage of being a reasonably inexpensive material that is also durable and robust. So, for a very little price, you receive a good, long-lasting leash.  Since nylon is a man-made fabric, it comes in a broad selection of colours and even multicolored patterns, giving buyers the most freedom to express themselves if they want a unique leash. When wet, nylon does not shrink and dries quickly. It's also simple to clean, making it an excellent all-around material. Nylon leashes have the following disadvantages: they aren't the toughest to gnaw through. If your dog is a puller and rubs against your skin, they can be pretty hard on your hands, causing friction burns.



Ruffwear Flat Out Dog Leash


Leather leashes are more expensive than nylon leashes. However, the higher price tag comes with a little more class and style (if that's your thing) as well as an extremely sturdy and long-lasting leash. Nylon dog leashes tend to fray over time, however a well handled leather dog leash can last a lifetime. They are not impervious to chewing, but they are extremely durable. However, along with this strength comes the lovely little fact that as they age, they soften and alter shape to fit the hands of the handler who uses them. This makes them a lot easier to handle. Leather is also less abrasive on the skin than nylon.


Metal chain leashes are the least popular of the leashes available, but they are ideal for dogs who will not stop chewing their leash. They can be rather heavy depending on their size, but this isn't a concern for such a powerful breed as the Labrador Retriever.  However, if you're using it with a small puppy, keep in mind the weight. Make sure the chain is as light and thin as possible. However, as your dog develops, you'll need to update to a heavier, tougher one so it doesn't break when they pull as a strong adult.



Trixie Dog Chain Leash With Nylon Hand Loop

How to choose the right width for dog leash?

The width of a leash may not seem relevant to most people, but it is. If your dog chews or pulls hard, the last thing you want is for them to snap through the leash. And, especially with thinner leashes, this can and does happen. So purchase a leash that's wide enough for your dog and strong enough for them.  On the other hand, if you have a little dog or a young puppy, you don't want a really wide leash because it's typically too heavy and restrictive for them.

How to choose the clips for dog leash?

Since the best and strongest leash in the world is useless if it doesn't stay attached to your pet's dog collar, the clip must be sturdy and trustworthy. You'll want to choose a leash with a strong metal clip. Because the leash will be exposed to water on a regular basis, it should be made of stainless steel or brass to prevent corrosion and weakening with time.

Because there may come a time when you and your dog are pulling in opposite directions with all of your might, the clip must be strong enough to withstand a lot of strain. In this case, the clip must never break when they try to bolt! The two most frequent clip types are the 'bolt snap' and the 'trigger snap.'

Bolt snap clip

This clip contains a little spring within a shaft that you slide open to create a hole through which you can feed a collar ring. The spring in these clips is fairly reliable, which is why they are so popular. However, with time, the spring weakens, and the clip becomes loose, allowing your dog to escape the leash. As a result, I consider the ‘trigger snap' to be more trustworthy.

Trigger snap clip

This clip is spring-loaded and has a small trigger that you use to open it. These clips, however, are larger and more durable than bolt snap clips and have a greater spring, so they don't get weak as quickly. Furthermore, because they open inwards when your dog pulls, the strain created actually holds the clip closed with greater force. As a result, they're much less likely to open and allow your dog to escape his leash.

So, our advice is a trigger snap clip, but bolt snaps are also a great option; just check the spring strength every couple of weeks to make sure it's still strong and will stay closed.

How do you choose the right leash for your dog?

Consider where and how you'll be utilising the leash before making a purchase. Is it suitable for everyday use? Is it better to teach your dog on a leash inside or outside? Are you thinking about getting a leash to aid with your distance command training?

When working indoors:

A long, thin, rounded nylon leash is the ideal dog leash because it's incredibly light and won't get caught in your home's furniture.

When working outdoors:

A nice 8 to 10 foot Nylon leash is recommended for outside training. Unless you're practicing distance instructions, in which case a 30 to 50 foot long line should be enough. A nylon webbing leash is best in both circumstances, but wearing gloves to minimise ‘rope burn' if your dog pulls and you hold the leash, which slips through your hands, is a smart idea.

For everyday:

A standard, 6 foot Nylon or leather leash is the best dog leash to use on a daily basis. 6 feet is long enough to allow you to walk freely while still keeping your dog near and under your control. Whether you choose nylon or leather is entirely up to you. Other materials, such as fabric and rubber, aren't as sturdy or long-lasting.

Tips for buying the right dog leash

1. Nylon leashes are a fantastic option for those on a budget and are ideal for usage in damp winter weather. You may use a leather leash in any condition, but you'll need to apply a leather conditioner on a regular basis to keep it from rotting and to help it last longer.

2. Pick the correct breadth and strength of leash for the dog or puppy you have. It's possible that you'll have to upgrade as your puppy develops, but that's to be anticipated. Get a light leash for smaller dogs so they may move around freely, and a thick, robust leash for your fully grown larger dog.

3. If your dog chews on its leash, you'll have to replace it frequently if you don't use a chain leash. They come in a variety of thicknesses, just like nylon and leather, so choose one that fits your dog or puppy.

4. Choose a clip that is strong enough for your dog's size and strength, as well as how much force they would have if they were to pull at full strength. You can't afford for them to get away. 

6. You should always buy at least one spare leash in case the main one is damaged, breaks, or is misplaced.

7. Keep your leashes clean, and if they get wet, hang them up instead of putting them in a drawer to allow them to dry completely. This will enable them to survive longer.


8. Check the leash for any damage on a regular basis, and make sure the clip is sturdy and secure. At the first indication of fraying, tears, or the clip becoming loose, replace the leash.

9. Finally, attach a carabiner to the handle to make tying your dog a breeze. Simply loop the handle around any pole or post and attach the leash to itself with the carabiner. This is far better and easier than tying and untying knots, and unlike some knots, your dog will not be able to break it and escape.

10. When picking out your dog's gear, choose a leash that keeps your dog secure and is comfortable for you to use.

Having a leash that is easy to use makes your adventures with your dog much more enjoyable! We at want to ensure the very best for your pets. Shop for dog leashes, clippers, collars, harness and more at our website and get them delivered fast and safe. Check out our Dog store for all your dog supply needs. 

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