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While there are a variety of important factors to consider when shopping for a dog collar, picking out a leash is a little easier. "You have so many types to choose from, but it really comes down to what’s most comfortable for you and for the dog," says PetSmart Buyer Sonya Constable. The most common choices include:
Nylon Leashes: A solid, cost-effective option, the standard nylon leash is both durable and washable – big plusses for many Pet Parents.
Fashion Leashes: A great way for Pet Parents to express their pets’ personalities, fashion leashes feature fun patterns and colors.
Specialty Leashes: Unique features like padded handles, quick hitches and traffic loops offer great options while walking your pet.
Leather Leashes: Durable and long-lasting, leather leashes are usually worth their slightly higher cost. Leather is easy to grip and softens from the oils on your hands, making these leashes increasingly comfortable as they age.
Retractable Leashes: You can control how much lead your dog is given with these handy leashes, which are great for well-trained pets. They make it easy to safely draw your dog closer or let him roam a little, which helps make walks pleasant.
Training Leashes: Usually made from washable, economical cotton webbing, long training leashes come in lengths between 15 and 50 feet and are useful in teaching a dog to come when called. The extra length allows dogs to roam, while you retain some control.
Tie-Outs and Stakes: If you’re big on camping and traveling, a tie-out/stake combo can be great to have on hand. The stake anchors in the ground and the tie-out attaches to it and your dog’s collar, allowing him to spend time in outdoor spaces without fences. These are not, however, designed for walks and are not a recommended containment method for dogs that are outdoors for long periods of time.