SOFT LINES FLOATING SWIM LEASHES $22 – $33 (DEPENDING ON SIZE)
If your dog loves to swim but does not have a reliable recall, you need one of these floating “swim leashes” – really, just a long line built for the water. Because the leash floats, your dog can’t get tangled up in it as he swims, and it can’t get caught on anything under the water. This is the perfect safety equipment for dogs who are tempted to swim after waterfowl or who tend to come out of the water and take off down the shore. The Swim Leashes can be ordered in a number of colors, lengths, and diameter (¼-inch, 3/8-inch, and ½-inch). Soft Lines sells floating leashes as short as two feet (why?) or as long as 50 feet (hmm, maybe a bit too long); we think 20 to 30 feet is just right. Make sure you order the model with the stainless steel spring hook; the company also sells slip leashes (which don’t seem safe for swimming).