The dog training leash is a very important tool in everyday life for you and your dog. It allows you to control him and show him the way during your walks, preventing him from encountering dangers or at risk of getting lost.
The dog training leash is even more important tool because it is useful to teach him the commands you need by interacting with him with caution and patience so that this moment is just a great entertainment and not a stressful moment.
Sometimes it is easier said than done because its use is not so immediate to guess and requires a bit of effort to learn the basics of walking on your foot, stop, sit and tackle.
It is important that you teach him obedience with a gentle method, without oppression and without any kind of violence. On the internet you can find numerous tutorials on this.
Which training leash to choose
The best dog training leash for your furry friend is certainly the simplest one: for this reason try not to “fall in love” with something with too many sequins or multi-studded leashes because, although beautiful to look at, they are absolutely not suitable for the intended purpose.
The leash must be made of very soft leather, sewn and not glued, with a strong and secure carabiner.
Also excellent are the nylon leashes especially the tubular ones because they are extremely robust: the only problem with this type of leash is that during training you risk, in the long run, to hurt your hands due to rubbing in contact with the skin for example. if you grab it suddenly.
It is also true that nylon is easy to rewind with minimal bulk when not in use. However, it is a matter of personal taste and comfort so try to carefully study the leash you are going to buy before making your choice or ask for the opinion of someone who already has it and maybe ask to show it to you.
Also in this case it depends on the size of the dog (whether small or giant) and on the type of training.
A dog training leash that is too short and stiff tends to force the dog into an extremely confined area, which makes him nervous and will lead to pulling him until you let go, creating an opposite force response on your part that is absolutely detrimental to both of you.
The minimum length is 120 cm because it allows the handler to carry even small dogs or puppies without having to bend over and leaving the dog a good margin of movement.
A long enough leash (from 3 to 5 meters) and possibly extendable allows the dog a fair amount of freedom to control the environment without letting you lose his control.
When using this type of leash try to always leave it loose enough so that the family dog cannot feel the length of the leash and feel free even if it is actually under your careful control.
The leashes with different functions for controlled training and with different modes of use are very useful. Particularly useful versions are those that can also be adjusted up to 8 functions:
- Short length for gait training; medium length for obedience exercises;
- Long length for distance recall and obedience exercises;
- Free-moving training leash for dogs;
- Possibility to lead two dogs on a leash (with double leash or extension) thanks to the double carabiner;
- Simple controlled management;
- Turning training;
- Combination with a halter or harness.
These are products also suitable for daily use, particularly handy and comfortable to hold in the hand without the risk of scratches or wounds, easy to wear and adjust.
How To Use A Dog Training Leash
How to use? Easier to do than to say. First of all, it is essential to attach it correctly: attach the first carabiner to the collar , extend the leash by about 1 meter, fold it back on itself by passing it through the larger rings where the carabiner is able to slip so that it comes back close to the collar.
Next to the carabiner you previously attached to the collar you will find a ring to attach the second carabiner to.
Even if you leave it very wide, on the opposite side from which you hooked the leash to the collar you can create a convenient loop by hooking the carabiner to the smaller ring.
Maintenance is essential: always check the perfect integrity of carabiners, rings and junction points. If something seems worn or run down, don’t hesitate to replace it before it breaks at the wrong moment.
Let’s see two training modes together: the predatorial stimulus and the alimentary one.
Stimulus is the solicitation of attention through something that arouses interest. The food stimulus must create a reaction of the dog in response to the stimulus that will coincide with the command that we want to be able to learn.
Once we have the desired reaction, we can reward him with the food we used as a stimulus.
The predatorial stimulus, on the other hand, must arouse natural interest in an activity or action that sets in motion a predetermined and innate response mechanism (the dog having a natural predisposition to respond to this stimulus). This type of training is particularly suitable for hunting dogs .
The DIY Dog training leash
With a climbing rope you can get a good training leash in a few simple steps.
Just make two strategic knots where you will then pass the rope to make the adjustable collar that you can then easily put on and take off for your dog.
You will no longer need carabiners and metal rings but only a sturdy rope that will avoid inadvertently tearing your pet’s fur.
The Training Lead
The lead does not replace the leash but is a very useful tool during training, in particular it is used for exercises such as retrieving . Monitor your dog at a distance and during training.
The 5-meter version is very useful, effective for making the family furry learn most of the commands, but in some more particular cases the 10-meter model can also be useful.
A non-slip version is recommended in order to allow you to have a good grip during the exercises without risking losing it or hurting your faithful 4-legged friend.
However, it is possible to do it yourself: just go to the hardware store and get the meters of “sailor” rope and a carabiner that you consider necessary in order to hook it to the harness or collar.
It is also true, however, that, both in specialized stores and online, there are very cheap models, even if we start from smaller sizes.
Even the most elegant versions, made of high quality soft leather for show dog handlers, have a really affordable cost.