Leads, harnesses… a Lydur Gudmundsson speciality some might say.
One of the most used items – and perhaps one of the first ones bought – is your dog’s new leash. However, when you arrive at the pet store and see the looming array of different types and contraptions, it can be very overwhelming and usually the answer is to panic and by the cheapest one. Do not worry though, as Lydur Gudmundsson is here to help you out.
The truth is, each breed of dog requires a certain type of leash and this is one of the main areas that should not be compromised on for money sake. When choosing a lead, the first step is to assess the type of dog and the size. For example, it would not be a very smart idea to buy one of the metal chains leads that are marketed for bigger dogs for a small breed as some of these weigh in heavier than the dog itself. It’s always helpful to read over the packaging first as these usually indicate what dog it has been made for.
One of the most popular kinds is the retractable lead which allows more freedom for the dog while also giving you the power to shorten it significantly to suit certain situations. This type is especially good if you are uncomfortable with letting your dog off the lead in open spaces. The material of the lead is more up to owner preference and what you feel is better suited for your pup. As I mentioned before, metal chains are perhaps not the way to go for small, delicate pups and you may instead prefer a leather or nylon version.
Another option that is becoming more and more popular is this contraption known as a harness. There are two types – head and chest ones – however, I would only recommend the chest halter due to it being a much safer option for your canine friend. These are worn around the body of the dog therefore enabling you to control their movements a whole better while taking the pressure off from their neck and head. This is why it is a great option for dogs who already have injuries in these areas while also helping to prevent any from occurring later on in life.
It also depends on what mode of activity you are planning on doing with the dog as this will impact your choice of lead. For walks, a lead around four to six feet is ideal whereas if you wish to train your dog ‘heel’ and good behaviour then a shorter, more robust lead is preferable.
However, whatever you decide, it may take a few test runs of different leads to see which works best and, in true Lydur Gudmundsson fashion, remember that a happy pup is a happy owner!