Over the years I've owned many dog leashes and depending on the dog, some worked, some did not. I've owned long leather leashes, shorter nylon leashes, leashes from Petco and leashes that were handed down from other dogs. I've also got some strong opinions on the type of leash based on type of dog too.
For example, if you have a small toy dog - owning one of these leashes listed above might be overkill. You might opt for one of those retractable dog leashes. Not my favorite for a number of reasons. Mostly I am not a fan of those because it gives your dog the ability to walk ahead of you, not next to you, where they should be walking. There are of course, much shorter and smaller nylon leashes.
This recommendation is mostly for those other than toy dogs - the labradors, dobermans or bulldogs in our lives. As of this writing, we're preparing ourselves for finding and adopting a doberman ...once we do, you'll be seeing a lot more from that dog in what he/she uses and tests for us.
ladoogo 2 Pack 5 FT Heavy Duty Dog Leash with Comfortable Padded Handle Reflective Dog leashes for Medium Large Dogs - Shown above.
Not only is it made of durable rock climbing rope, but it has a cushioned handle, a handy key ring to add your dog bowl, baggies, or a key. I also like the reflective thread in the rope.
I bought this 2 pack on Amazon for a really great price $1.99 for 2 leashes! If you need you can see the listing on Amazon in this link.
There's so many collars out there! Which one do you buy? Believe it or not, I too was so confused about which is better. After all it's been a few years since I bought a new collar. One of the first things you need to do is figure out the size of your dog's neck. You don't want to buy a collar that fits too snug on your dog's neck, but you also don't want to buy one that slips off either.
We've owned those simply nylon ones with two rings that everyone seems to have, we've also owned the prong training collar - which looks and is awful. We also owned just a simple collar that just went nicely with the silver Weimaraner coat. None of these are especially good choices really.
The Martingale Collar is a solid choice. Safer and more comfortable than choke collars, martingale collars tighten when pressure is applied, reducing the risk of a dog “backing out” of its collar and escaping. This collar also features a quick snap buckle for easy on and off. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors - so finding the right one for your pup should be easy enough.
Here's a video to show you exactly the right way to use this collar
I will be updating this section once we test out a few with our new rescue dogs. In the meantime, not all harnesses are the same. Your dog will need the freedom to run and play, but not be bogged down with an ill fitting harness. I'll be testing out dog harnesses that offer solutions for lift-and-assist, training, and leash pulling, and everyday adventures. Stay tuned!