Dog Leashes

Written by Sarah Provost
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Dog leashes are pretty basic: at one end there's something to clip to the dog's collar, and at the other end, something for you to hold. But within those parameters, there is actually quite a variety of leash styles and specialized functions. Besides the basic leather and nylon leashes, here are a few other options.

Specialized Dog Leashes

Hands-free dog leashes actually defy the above description because you don't have to hold on! This leash fastens around your waist, so you can control your dog without losing the use of one hand. It's especially recommended for training puppies, since you can keep them under constant supervision while going about your regular activities.

There are also dog leashes for training that have a nose strap, so that if your dog tugs at the leash, he feels the pressure at the back of his neck rather than in the delicate throat and windpipe area, thus preventing injury. This leash is useful for teaching the dog to sit, as well, since lifting the dog's nose will automatically make him sit, without you having to push his rump down. Note that these are specialized leashes, not muzzles. Your dog can still eat, bark and bite.

This next type of leash may look a little odd, both in itself and in use, but it's really a wonderful idea. This leash has two loops connected by a strap, which go around the dog's back legs. The idea is that arthritic dogs or those with hip dysplasia can be gently supported by the leash, sort of a butt booster. It's especially good for helping those dogs go up stairs who are too big for you to carry.

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