What types of leashes are best to train a dog to walk on a leash?
A leash is a very important part of your relationship with your dog. The leash allows the owner to have control over the dog, but also allows the dog a certain amount of freedom depending on the length of the leash. When you are training your dog to walk on a leash, you’ll probably want to start with a shorter leash so that you can retain maximum control. As your dog becomes more accustomed to walks and is more obedient when walking, you can opt for a slightly longer leash.
Leashes are generally made out of nylon, leather or chain. A nylon or leather leash will be suitable for training purposes. Both are durable and relatively comfortable to hold. The most common leash lengths are 4 feet, 6 feet and 8 feet. The more energetic your dog is, the shorter the leash should be. As your dog gets used to walking and calms down, the leash length can be increased to give your dog a little bit more freedom.
Trainers often recommend a short leash, 4 feet or less, to begin with so that the dog is not able to pull at all and remains directly at the owners side during the walks. A leash this short will allow an owner to have complete control and properly guide the dog away from any distractions or potential danger.