Ultimate guide to choosing the perfect dog lead for every adventure

Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll through your favourite park, or embarking on a challenging hike with your pup, choosing the right dog lead is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience for both of you. 

In this guide, we explore three different types of dog leads, and their uses, to help you find the perfect fit for your adventures. 

Traditional Dog Leads 

What is a ‘traditional’ dog lead? Well, to put it simply, it’s a dog leash that features a clip at the base and a handle at the top. These kinds of leads have been used for many years, and some dog owners might even wonder why you would need anything other than a traditional dog lead. 

Traditional leads are fixed at one length, usually between 4-5 ft in length (1.2m-1.5m). These leads can work well for general walks with your dog, and if you tend to stick to usual walking routes or leisurely strolls around the park. 

Typical materials used for these leads range from cheaper nylon webbing, to quality leather. The strength of such leads all depends on how they are made and the materials used. If you have a strong dog, it is recommended that you look at options such as biothane, which is a strong and durable waterproof webbing. 

Now, we’re not saying there is anything wrong with these leads, if they work for you and your dog then that’s perfect. But, if they don’t then you may be interested in learning more about the other kinds of dog lead available on the market. 

Long Dog Leads 

When it comes to long dog leads, there are many different options. Some owners like to opt for a retractable leash for convenience, since these give your dog the freedom to explore to a certain point. However, these leads have been linked to many dangerous accidents, from causing injury to humans, to the lead itself splitting due to force.

Therefore, unless your dog is not particularly strong, and very unlikely to ever bolt after something (we’re clearly talking squirrels here, if you know… you know!) It's recommended that different options are considered when it comes to a long dog lead. 

But, what options are available? Well, multi-way leads are perfect since they give you the option of changing the lead up based on your requirements. That means you can create a short leash for when it’s needed, and a long lead up to 3 metres in length - all in one lead! 

Another alternative for long dog leads is a longline. Some dog owners do find these less ‘convenient’ than a retractable leash, but these are a safer alternative to give your dog more freedom whilst remaining on the lead.

If you have already used a longline, but find them super difficult to clean then opt for an easy-to-clean one made from waterproof webbing. What’s more, if you’re worried about a long lead being difficult to lug around on walks, you can even grab super handy longline holders that make your longline easy to carry when it’s not in use. 

Hands Free Dog Leads 

Last, but by no means least, is the hands free dog lead! We’ve already mentioned the multi-way leads above, but not the full extent of what these leads to you. You’ve probably guessed that you can use these to walk hands free with your dog. Simply attach the leash securely around your waist or shoulder, and you can enjoy hands free walks with your dog. 

However, these leads offer so much more than just hands free walking. They come complete with a clip on either end, meaning you can create a short leash, a long leash, a medium-length leash or even attach it to two points on your dog for extra security and control should you need it! 

These leads far outperform traditional leads, especially if you are looking for something that can serve multiple different purposes without the need to carry around several different leads when heading out for a walk. 

What dog lead is right for my dog? 

Choosing the right dog lead is often personal preference, and there are no hard and fast rules about what kind of leash is the best for your dog. Much like people, every dog is different which means they bring different needs and challenges with them too. Finding a lead that works for you and your dog is, ultimately, the most important thing. 

Dog owners also have many different preferences when it comes to material. Some would prefer soft cotton rope leads for maximum comfort (we highly recommended Leadporium’s Big Boy leads here!), whilst others prefer leather because they like how it wears overtime. 

Our top pick is always a biothane dog lead as they are strong, durable, stink proof, low maintenance and come in an array of different colours to suit every pup. Plus, they're a happy medium between the two materials mentioned above, since they're soft and flexible to hold, and also extremely easy to keep in good condition. 

Buying a new lead for your dog 

Whether you’re wanting to try out a hands-free dog lead, or just upgrade your pup’s wardrobe with a new traditional clip lead, we offer a variety of different leads to suit every dog’s (and owners!) different needs at Liv Like Busby. 

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