Features March 2011 Issue

Selecting the Correct Leash Length for Your Various Leash Training Exercises

A long line is great for transitioning your dog to off-leash walks. It is used to give him the feeling of being off-leash while preventing him from rewarding himself with an unauthorized off-leash romp – at least, until his recall on the long line is pretty reliable, even in the enticing atmosphere of a woodland trail.

Selecting the Correct Leash Length for Your Various Leash Training Exercises

Form enhances function when it comes to dog-management gear.

When you think “leash,” chances are you think of a four-to-six-foot strap made of nylon, cotton, hemp, leather, or (horrors!) chain, with a snap that attaches to your dog’s collar at one end and a handle for you to hold at the other. You use it to keep him close to you when you take him for walks or other places where he has to be under control. But a leash can be so much more than that! Let’s think outside the box. There’s no law that says leashes have to be a certain length, made of a particular material, or be limited to one snap and one handle. There are all kinds of things you can do with non-traditional leashes. Heck, there’s even a good use for the grocery store chain leash.

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