The 15 best dog leashes of 2020


Comparison, opinions and buying guide

Throughout this post we will see the best dog leashes. You will find the content divided into 3 blocks:

  • Quick guide: in which we provide an initial orientation of the belts by talking to you about their key points.
  • Analysis and opinion: where we give you all the details about each strap and our opinion about them.
  • Buying guide: in which we tell you the factors to consider when buying a dog leash.

Quick guide: a first look at the best dog leashes on the market


  • Nylon dog leash ideal for daily walk

  • Strong, light and comfortable
  • Available in various widths and lengths
  • Available in various colors


  • Multi-position adjustable dog leash

  • Extremely versatile strap
  • Can be adjusted to 3 different lengths
  • With shoulder strap mode and for walking 2 dogs


  • Double strap ideal for walking two dogs at once

  • Special design for walking 2 dogs
  • It’s elastic and absorbs the pull
  • With padded handle and reflective stitching


  • Flexi type extensible dog leash for quiet dogs

  • Retractable and up to 5 meters long
  • Suitable for dogs up to 50 kg
  • Nylon flat rope


  • Double extensible dog leash for walking two dogs

  • Special design for walking 2 dogs
  • Retractable and up to 3 meters long
  • Only for quiet dogs up to 20 kg


  • Genuine leather dog leash

  • Made from genuine bovine leather
  • Length of 1.80 or 2.30 meters
  • Very elegant, resistant and durable


  • Double-grip dog leash

  • Strong polyester fabric
  • Reflective seams
  • Two padded handles for better control


  • Rope strap suitable for strong dogs

  • Very resistant: ideal for strong dogs
  • Length of 1.10 meters
  • Soft to the touch and flexible


  • Metal dog leash

  • Stainless steel chain and nylon handle
  • Available in different widths and lengths
  • Ideal for dogs that tend to bite the leash


  • Ideal training leash for dogs that pull

  • Designed to teach the dog not to pull
  • Comfortable, resistant and 2 meters long
  • For use with the HALTI pull harness


  • Extra long dog leash (up to 20 meters)

  • Great length: 10, 15 and 20 meter versions
  • To educate the puppy on first walks
  • Also ideal for training the call


  • Canicross leash ideal for running with your dog

  • Hands-free strap (belt type)
  • Specially designed for canicross
  • It is elastic and suitable for dogs up to 70 kg


  • 2-in-1 dog leash: standard and belt

  • For the daily walk and also for canicross
  • Length between 1.50 and 1.78 m and two handles
  • Elastic: absorbs pull


  • Strap for walking with dogs on a bike

  • Special design for bike rides with dog
  • Very safe and resistant
  • Also usable as a traditional belt


  • The most original leash for walking your dog

  • Funny design in the shape of sausages
  • Length of 1.08 meters
  • Transparent rubber coated handle

Nylon dog leash : Julius-K9


Main features

  • Made of high quality nylon
  • Strong, light and comfortable
  • Available in various widths and lengths
  • Available in various colors

Nylon dog leashes are probably the most popular. These belts are resistant, but at the same time light, so they are very comfortable for both the dog and his human guide.

This Julius-K9 nylon strap I propose is one of the best you can find on the market. This is a leash made of high quality materials with interwoven rubber threads, which provides an excellent grip, even when it is raining, and at the same time prevents burns in case your dog gives you an unexpected pull. The strap is really resistant and durable and it is also very easy to clean by wiping it with a wet cloth when you get home, if you arrive with some mud or dirt.

Another advantage is that it is available in two widths, 1.4 and 2 cm, and in many different lengths, either with or without a handle, so you will find one that fits your needs: there are even models that can be adjusted to various sizes. On the other hand, we also have several colors to choose from.

Who should buy the Julius-K9 strap?

The truth is, it can be an ideal leash for all types of dogs, whatever their size, so it’s a great buy for virtually anyone who needs a leash for their furry little one.

The price of this great nylon dog leash from Julius-K9 varies greatly depending on the size and color chosen, as there is a lot of variety. If you want to see all the sizes and colors available, or decide to buy it, you can do so through the following links.

Where to buy the Julius-K9 strap





Nylon dog leash adjustable in various positions : Happilax


Main features

  • Extremely versatile strap
  • Can be adjusted to 3 different lengths
  • Can be used in shoulder strap mode
  • Can be used to walk 2 dogs at a time

This multi-functional dog leash from Happilax, made of durable and resistant nylon, is very practical, because thanks to its two robust carabiners you can quickly and easily switch between three different lengths, which will allow you to adapt the leash according to your needs at any time: the total length of the leash is 2 meters, but you can adjust it to 1.70, 1.30 or 1.05 meters, depending on the situation you are in.

In addition, depending on your needs, you can wear the leash as a shoulder strap and have your hands free or also adjust it to walk two dogs at once, even if they are big and strong, as it supports a maximum load resistance of 500 kg. Moreover, it has a reflective seam that covers its entire length, so it is visible in dimly lit environments, so you can walk around safely at night.

Who should buy the Happilax strap?

Anyone who wants a multifunctional strap that can be used in different ways. Note, however, that if you are very tall, as I am, you may not be able to use it as a shoulder strap, especially if your dog is small.

If you want to see the Happilax adjustable nylon dog leash in more detail, or if you decide to buy it, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Happilax strap


Double Strap to carry two dogs at once | U-picks


Main features

  • Special for walking 2 dogs
  • Elastic: absorbs pull
  • Made of high quality nylon
  • Padded handle and reflective stitching

If you live with two dogs, and unless you are more than one person at the time of walking them, a double strap to carry two dogs like this U-picks that I propose will be really useful, because you can control both at once using one hand.

The strap in question is made of high quality nylon, and consists of a section of approximately 95 cm that is hooked to a double strap by means of a carabiner; this is attached to a ring with a 360° swivel mechanism, thus preventing the two straps from becoming entangled.

On the other hand, the two sections of leash that are attached to the dog’s harness or collar are made with a “bungee jumping” design, that is, they are elastic, which means that, if one of the two dogs gives a pull, it will be cushioned, since it absorbs the blow to a great extent. Each of the two leashes has a minimum length of 50 cm and a maximum length of 89 cm, so each of your dogs can go at his own pace, up to a point.

For added safety, the strap has a reflective seam along its entire length, making it visible at night. As for the handle to hold it, it is padded, for more comfort. In addition, a clicker and a bag dispenser for the stool are sent as a gift, along with the strap – gifts that, of course, always come in handy.

Who should buy the U-picks strap?

This is obviously an ideal leash for those who have to walk two dogs at once.

The double U-pick leash for walking two dogs is available in two versions, one for small dogs and one for medium-large dogs. If you want to see it in more detail, or decide to buy it, you can do so through the following link.

Where to buy the double U-picks


5m Flexi extensible dog leash for small, medium and large dogs : Cool Bud


Main features

  • Flexi-type retractable strap
  • Up to 5 meters in length
  • Suitable for dogs up to 50 kg
  • Nylon flat rope

Extensible or retractable dog leashes, known as Flexi, are very popular, although quite controversial and, in fact, many dog trainers advise against their use. While it is true that these types of leashes give a dog more freedom of movement in the first place if it cannot be released, they also have some important drawbacks.

As you know, in Flexi the leash is rolled up inside a plastic box, and it stretches and retracts automatically, depending on whether the dog is closer or further away. The box has a retention button, which serves to fix the strap in one position, in case we want to shorten it. All this sounds good in principle, but the bad thing is that, due to its own mechanism, the leash is always in tension, so the dog ends up learning that, in order to move forward, it has to pull the leash.

On the other hand, if for some reason you have to stop your hairy man, pressing the brake button will cause him to pull too hard, which can hurt him. Finally, they can also be a danger to any passer-by, as they are usually quite thin and easy to miss and trip over; in fact, they have sometimes caused cuts and injuries to other dogs or people.

The truth is that I, this kind of leash, would only advise them to walk with dogs that are very quiet, and when you are with them in areas where you can’t let them loose. If this is your case, this extensible dog leash I propose may be a good option for you. It is a flat nylon strap with a maximum length of 5 meters. Being flat, the danger of getting cuts or wounds is less than with corded ones, which are usually very thin.

The strap handle has a very comfortable grip, and is non-slip. On the top of the handle there is a brake button, to lock or release the leash, which has a stainless steel carabiner to attach it to your dog’s harness or collar. The leash is really resistant, being suitable for dogs of all sizes, up to 50 kg, come on, it will serve you from a Yorkshire or a Shih Tzu, to a German Shepherd or a Labrador, through a Poodle or a Beagle…

Who should buy the Cool Bud leash?

This leash is only good for you if you have a quiet dog and want to walk him in areas where you can’t let go. It is not recommended for reactive or impulsive dogs that have little self-control and can pull at any time.

The Flexi extensible dog leash Cool Bud is available in two different colours: blue and red. If you want to see it in more detail, or want to buy it for your dog, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Cool Bud strap


Flexi retractable leash for two dogs : Pawaca


Main features

  • Flexi-type retractable strap
  • Special for walking 2 dogs
  • Suitable for 2 dogs up to 20 kg each
  • Up to 3 metres in length

If you like the Flexi retractable leashes, but you have two dogs and it’s difficult to carry one in each hand, this original double leash from Pawaca can be a good solution for you, because in its box are rolled two independent leashes, one green and one orange; each one comes out from one side of the drum, so they do not get tangled. On the top of the handle there are colored brake buttons to match the straps, allowing you to control each one separately.

The straps in question are flat and made of very durable high-density nylon. As for the handle, it is ergonomic and made of high-strength ABS plastic. It is a suitable leash to carry two small or medium dogs, no more than 20 kg each, from small breed dogs such as a Chihuahua, or a Maltese Bichon, to medium breeds such as a French Bulldog or a Cocker Spaniel, for example. Its maximum length is 3 meters.

Who should buy the Pawaca strap?

This leash can be very useful if you like Flexi leashes and you have two small or medium dogs that are quiet and docile. Remember that being a retractable type, it is not a leash that is advisable if your dogs are reactive, have little self-control or are very restless.

If you want to see with more detail the retractable leash for two dogs of Pawaca, or you decide to buy it, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Pawaca double strap


Genuine leather dog leash : Schnüffelfreunde


Main features

  • Made of high quality leather
  • Length of 1.80 or 2.30 meters (2 versions)
  • Very elegant, resistant and durable
  • Suitable for any type of dog

Leather dog leashes are usually a little more expensive than nylon leashes, but they are very strong and can last you for years and years. This great leash from Schnüffelfreunde that I propose is made of genuine, high quality cowhide and is ideal for dogs of all sizes, even if they are large and pull. In fact, it is a strap designed both for daily walking and for use as a training strap, and is prepared to withstand carts and wagons.

One of the main features of this leather dog leash is that it has a padded grip handle with leather lining; this makes it very soft and comfortable to hold, being less abrasive than nylon in case your dog pulls. Also, when you’ve been using it for a while, the leather will soften and fit your hand even better.

The belt is sold in two formats, with a length of 1.80 or 2.30 metres, and is 1.80 centimetres wide. Unlike some dog leashes, the finish is completely smooth and has no braided areas.

It is finished to a high standard, with very well stitched seams, and it is a very strong yet elegant strap. Also, since it is made from real cowhide, it does not fade or peel. It should be noted, however, that leather requires more care than other materials: you may need specific products to protect and clean this strap properly.

Who should buy the Schnüffelfreunde strap?

This is an ideal leash for dogs of all sizes and will be perfect for you if you are looking for strength, elegance and a luxurious finish.

If you want to see the Schnüffelfreunde leather dog leash in more detail – or if you want to buy it – you can do so via the following link.

Where to buy the Schnüffelfreunde strap


Dual Grip Dog Leash : AmazonBasics


Main features

  • Strong polyester fabric
  • Reflective seams
  • Two padded handles for better control
  • 1.82 metres in length

This double-grip dog leash from AmazonBasics will be very comfortable and practical, allowing you to have better control of your fur during your walks together.

One of the handles is located at one end, and is ideal for a relaxed walk, allowing your dog to explore its surroundings; while the other is near the attachment clip, and will allow you to control it better when in busy areas, and with traffic.

This is a very durable dog leash, made of a strong polyester fabric that will stand up perfectly to tugging, even if your dog is strong, and is also rain resistant. In addition, it has reflective seams along its entire length, something that will make it visible at night, for more security during your walks.

Who should buy the strap with two AmazonBasics handles?

Anyone looking for a leash that is tough, durable and comfortable, and that allows you to walk your dog in a relaxed manner, as well as offering better control when necessary.

The AmazonBasics dog leash with two padded handles is 1.82 m long. If you want to see it in more detail, or decide to buy it, you can do so through the following link:

Where to buy the AmazonBasics belt


Heavy Duty Dog Leash – Rope Type : Hunter Freestyle


Main features

  • Rope-type strap
  • Very resistant, suitable for strong dogs
  • Soft to the touch and flexible
  • Length of 1.10 meters

The Freestyle from the well known German brand Hunter is really durable because it is a dog leash with a rope design; it is made with a woven nylon that has a polyamide core, which gives it great resistance: even if you have a big dog that pulls hard on the leash it will hold, and I can vouch for that, because I have used it with my dog Rufus for a few years and it is like the first day, despite the many pulls that my furry dog has given throughout this time.

This is also a comfortable dog leash to wear, as its woven nylon exterior makes it soft to the touch and flexible. On the other hand, the two black leather reinforcements just under the handle, and in the area of the hitch, are very elegant, besides being perfectly sewn and really resistant. The carabiner that is attached to the strap or harness is made of high quality nickel steel and is very safe.

Who should buy the Hunter Freestyle?

This leash is ideal for dogs with strength and pulling, due to its resistance, if your hair is of this type, it is undoubtedly one of the best purchases you can make.

The Hunter Freestyle dog leash can be purchased in two diameters: 8 or 10 mm, both models with a length of 110 cm, and is available in a selection of different colors to choose from. Its price varies according to the model and color chosen. You can see all the colors, and consult their prices, through the following links.

Where to buy the Hunter Freestyle strap




Metal dog leash – chain type : Kaka Mall


Main features

  • Stainless steel chain
  • Padded nylon handle
  • Available in 3 different widths
  • Length of 1.20 meters

If your furry friend is fond of chewing on his leashes and has already broken a few, getting a metal dog leash like this one I propose could end your problem. It is a strap formed by a stainless steel chain with a padded nylon handle that is very comfortable and soft.

The strap is available in three sizes that have different widths, although the three models have the same length of 120 cm. The size you choose will depend on the size of your dog:

  • The size S is 0.2 cm wide and supports up to 30 kg weight, making it a leash for small to medium sized dogs, such as a Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Bodeguero Andaluz or Border Collie, for example
  • Size M is 0.3 cm wide and supports up to 40 kg of weight, so it is a leash for a medium to large dog, such as a Pitbull, English Bulldog, Bull Terrier or Pointer, for example.
  • Size L is 0.4 cm wide and supports up to 50 kg of weight. It is a leash for large dogs, such as the Labrador, German Shepherd, Rottweiler or Doberman, for example.

Who should buy the Kaka Mall strap?

This leash will be great for you, especially if you have a puppy that likes to play and bite the leash when you go for a walk.

The price of the Kaka Mall dog leash usually ranges from $10 to $12, depending on the size you choose, making it a cheap dog leash. If you want to see it in more detail, or decide to buy it, you can do so through the following link.

Where to buy the Kaka Mall strap


Dog Training Leash : HALTI HTL4


Main features

  • Adjustable to 3 different positions
  • Comfortable and resistant
  • Length of 2 meters
  • Designed so you can teach your dog not to jerk

The HTL4 from HALTI is a very popular strap, due to its versatility and comfort of use. This is a dog leash that can be adjusted in three positions, with three different lengths, and can be used in multiple ways.

With its maximum length of 2 meters, it is a great walking leash, but you can wear it with a medium or short adjustment if you need it (for example, if you are in a place where there are many people, or if you are going to take your dog by train or subway). You can also wear it as a shoulder bag or adjust it to your waist, if you want to carry your dog leaving your hands free, and its two carabiners also allow you to carry two dogs at once.

Halti Training Lead – Pocurull –

But this is actually a leash that has been specially designed to be used with the HALTI pull harness, as you can attach it to two points: one in the dog’s chest area, and one in the shoulder area. This will allow you to control and guide him gently, without the need to jerk him, and thus teach him to walk without pulling on you, making it a training leash for dogs.

In the following video you can see how to use the HALTI HTL4 strap in conjunction with the HALTI anti-pull harness:

Halti anti-pulling dog harness from The Company Of Animals

The strap is also really resistant and very comfortable to wear, as it is made of padded nylon, which is soft to the touch and does not cause chafing.

Who should buy the HALTI HTL4?

Who wants to teach your dog to walk without pulling, especially if you use it together with the HALTI anti-pull harness. Remember, though, that if your dog tends to throw a lot, there won’t be any miracle product to fix the problem overnight: the HALTI HTL4 will help you in your task, but you’ll have to use it correctly and be patient to teach your furry dog.

The HALTI HTL4 dog training leash is available in two colors: red and black. You can see it in more detail -and, if you wish, buy it- through the following links.

Where to buy the HALTI HTL4 belt

Extra long dog leash (10, 15 or 20 meters) – for training and tracking : Ploopy


Main features

  • Great length: 10, 15 or 20 meters
  • Made of high quality nylon
  • Ideal for training the call
  • Ideal for educating the puppy on his first walks

Long dog leashes, 10, 15 or even 20 meters, are tools often used by dog trainers and can be a great help to teach your dog a number of things that will be very useful in your day to day.

For example, a rope several meters long will help you teach your dog to respond to your call: with a long rope, you can get away from him and practice calling him with the assurance that he will not escape at any moment.

It will also be great for you to teach a puppy to walk the first few times you go out with him for his first walks: you can give him space to explore his whole environment and satisfy his curiosity, safe in the knowledge that he will not get lost. Besides, you won’t learn to pull the leash every time you want to go smell something interesting.

Keep in mind that puppies are very curious and can’t suppress their enthusiasm: if they’re on a short leash, it’s inevitable that you’ll get pulled in and have to correct them endlessly. However, with a leash of several meters he will be able to explore and give free rein to his curiosity and, when he is calmer, you will already be teaching him to walk in a more controlled way.

Another advantage of an extra long dog leash is that it will allow you to give your furry dog freedom in a park, on a beach, etc., but at the same time you can keep him under control, so that he doesn’t run off and get lost if he gets scared, or can’t get out on a road, for example, at a certain time.

For all these things, and some more, you could very well get an extra long strap like this one from Ploopy that I propose. Made of sturdy nylon, it is 2.5 cm wide and has a handle for a comfortable grip.

Who should buy the Ploopy strap?

This leash will be great for training your dog and giving him more freedom, but without giving up the security that comes from having your furry dog under control. Be aware, however, that this is not a suitable strap for normal walks, especially if you are in an urban area with lots of people and traffic.

You can buy this extra long dog leash in three different lengths – 10 meters, 15 meters or 20 meters – its price varies slightly depending on the length you choose. To see it in more detail, or if you want to buy it, click on the following links:

Where to buy the Ploopy strap

Canicross leash for running with your dog : Hundefreund


Main features

  • Special for canicross (running with your dog)
  • Hands-free (belt type)
  • Elastic: absorbs pull
  • Suitable for dogs up to 70 kg

If you like to go for a run with your dog or if you simply want to walk with him while keeping your hands free, this leash specially designed for practicing canicross can come as a ring to your finger.

This is a high quality product, made of tear-resistant nylon, which will allow you to walk dogs up to 70 kg. In addition to the strap itself, it has a padded belt that can be adjusted for an abdominal circumference of between 64 and 120 cm, and in which you can put a small bag (17 x 10 cm) in which you can put bags for your stool, some treats for your hairy friend, or even your mobile phone: it even has an outlet for headphones, so you can listen to music while you run.

As for the strap, it is 1.20 metres long, but it is elastic and expands to 2 metres. Because it’s elastic, if your dog pulls it will absorb the impact, so neither you nor he will get hurt: that’s why it’s ideal for you to go for a run together. It can also be great for a quiet walk, leaving your hands free to push a stroller or carry a bag, for example.

If at any time you need to hold your dog you have two handles to do so, one at the top, near the belt, and one at the bottom, near the carabiner. Finally, both the belt and leash have reflective stitching, so you and your dog will be visible even if it’s already getting dark.

Who should buy the Hundefreund strap?

Whoever wishes to run with their dog or walk with it leaving their hands free. However, it is not the most recommended product if you are looking for a leash to walk a dog that is very nervous and pulls very often; keep that in mind.

You can view the Hunderfreund dog running leash in more detail – and, if you wish, buy it – via the link below.

Where to buy the Hundefreund strap


Please note that in order to practice canicross with your dog, in addition to a suitable leash, you will need a pulling harness so that your dog does not get hurt. A good option is the Biozoo Doggallop canicross harness (see Amazon), specially designed for you to go running or cycling with your furry friend.

Two-in-one dog leash: standard and belt (hands free) | Pecute


Main features

  • 2 in 1: standard strap and hands-free
  • Elastic: absorbs pull
  • With 2 grip handles
  • Length between 1.50 and 1.78 meters

With this practical dog leash from Pecute you will have two products in one: on the one hand, a hands-free leash, that hooks to a belt and that will be great to go for a run with your furry, or to walk without occupying your hands. You can also attach it to a handle and it will become a standard leash for when you prefer to walk your dog in the traditional way.

High quality nylon has been used for its manufacture. The strap itself is 1.50 metres long, but as it has an elastic part, it can be stretched to 1.78 metres. As for the belt, it will serve you if your waist circumference is between 72 and 124 cm.

The leash also has two handles so that you can hold your dog if necessary, one of them is on the upper area, near the belt, and the other is on the lower area, near the carabiner which is attached to the dog’s harness or collar. Both the strap and the belt have reflective seams, for added safety.

If you want to use the leash to go running with your dog it is important that you get a good special harness for it, such as the Biozoo Doggallop canicross harness, which will allow you to do so without hurting your furry friend.

Who should buy the Pecute strap?

You will find it ideal if you like to go for a run with your dog but want to use the same leash for your daily walks that you use when practising canicross; in other words, to use as a traditional leash as well.

If you want to see more details about the two in one leash for dogs from Pecute, or you want to buy it, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Pecute strap


Walking Dog Leash : Karlie Walky Dog Plus


Main features

  • Special for bike rides with your dog
  • Very safe and resistant
  • Made of stainless steel + Paracord
  • Also usable as a traditional belt

If you have a very active dog that needs a lot of exercise, going for a bike ride in his company will be an activity you can enjoy doing together, but for that you will need to have a special leash to walk dogs on a bike, like Karlie’s Walky Dog Plus, without a doubt one of the best hands-free bike systems on the market.

The system in question consists of a straight metal tube that is attached to the seat post and includes three springs inside it that absorb any sudden pull the dog may make, and a rope that is attached to its harness. This makes it very safe, both for you and your four-legged friend, as it will keep him at an appropriate distance from the bike and prevent him from knocking you over with an unexpected jerk.

The highest quality materials have been used to manufacture this belt. The metal parts are made of stainless steel with high carbon content, and the rope is made of military grade Paracord -or parachute cord- with a tensile strength of 250 kg, and an internal core of 7 strands of 44 mm diameter, which means that even if your dog is a brown beast pulling, it will be very, very difficult to break the Walky Dog Plus.

Walky Dog Leash review and demo

On the other hand, attaching and removing this accessory from your bike is extremely easy and quick, once you have installed the attachment bracket on the seat bar (which will take no more than five minutes): attaching and releasing the metal bar is a matter of seconds.

In case your dog is not very tall you have the possibility to adjust the length of the rope, lengthening it up to 16.5 cm. To do this, you must take out one or two of the springs that go inside the bar, something that is done easily and quickly. You can also use the strap and metal bar as a traditional walking strap, for when you are not cycling.

Who should buy the Karlie Walky Dog Plus?

This is an ideal leash for bike lovers who have a very active dog with whom they want to share their rides on two wheels.

If you want to see more details about the Karlie Walky Dog Plus dog leash, or you decide to buy it, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Karlie Walky Dog Plus


Note: if you want to see more alternatives to carry your furry dog when you get on the bike, take a look at our post on how to carry your dog on a bike, where we go into more detail on the subject.

EXTRA: The most original leash to carry your dog : Balvi Hot Dog


Main features

  • The most original dog leash
  • Sausage-shaped design
  • Transparent rubber coated handle
  • Length of 1.08 meters

If you’re looking for an original dog leash, one so original that it makes everyone stare at your dog as it passes by, this fun sausage string leash may be just what you’re looking for: your furry little dog won’t go unnoticed when you use it on your walks together.

Okay, clearly not the most practical leash in this article, but you’ll have to admit how much fun it is: it could easily rank number 1 in an original dog leash ranking. The sausages that make it up are made of plastic, it has a metal snap hook to attach to your dog’s collar or harness, and the handle is covered with a transparent rubber tube, to make it more comfortable to hold.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for a dog with strength and pull, but if you have a quiet dog, I’m sure this leash will guarantee you a good laugh at your local pee-pee.

Who should buy the Balvi Hot Dog?

Whoever has a quiet dog and is looking for something that is especially original and fun. Please note, however, that this is not a highly recommended leash for dogs that are impetuous and strong.

The original Balvi Hot Dog leash is 108 cm long. If you want to see it in more detail, or you want to buy it, you can do it through the following link.

Where to buy the Balvi Hot Dog


Buying guide: what to consider when buying dog leashes

Daily walks with our dogs are some of the most important moments we share with them: they help us to socialize (both them and us, let’s face it), to let our canine friends explore and smell their environment, to do their needs, to get some exercise and, in short, to strengthen our bond with our furry friends.

For our dog to enjoy these daily walks to the fullest, it is essential that you equip him with the most suitable walking equipment: a harness or collar that is comfortable for him and a suitable leash. You should be aware that the leash is the link between you and your dog when you go for a walk together, as it is through the leash that you communicate with your dog.

For this reason, choosing a good strap, and knowing how to use it correctly, is essential. Here are some guidelines and tips to help you find the right leash for you and your dog.

What kind of leash is best for my dog?

When buying a leash for your dog you can choose from several different types, depending on the use you want to give it. Let’s see what the advantages and possible disadvantages of each are.

Traditional dog leashes

They are the most common, the ones of all life, so to speak. You can buy them in different materials, and they are available in a variety of lengths to choose from, although the ideal for a walk with your dog is to get a 2 or 3 metre one.

This type of leash has the advantage that you can modulate its length according to the needs of the moment: if you are walking in a city centre, for example, you can “shorten” it by twisting it around your hand, but when you get to the park or any other suitable area, you can give it the full length, allowing your dog to explore and sniff at ease, with a certain freedom.

Retractable (Flexi) dog leashes

This type of extensible dog leashes are very popular, and many people use them to walk their furry friends. Apparently they are great, as they seem to give the dog freedom to go more or less where he wants without having to let go; however, more and more dog trainers and ethologists are advising against their use. The reasons are as follows:

  • The leash is always in tension, since the dog has to pull it to make it extend. Because of this, you will learn that in order to move forward you have to pull the strap.
  • If you want to stop the dog for any reason you will have to press the brake button, and the dog will feel a tremendous jerk. That’s exactly what will happen if you run and finish the leash.
  • If there’s a lot of leashes out there and your dog starts playing with another dog, it’s very easy for them to become entangled (and then it’s not easy to untangle these kinds of leashes).
  • If the leash is long and you need to get your dog out of a difficult situation for any reason, you’re going to have to pick up the leash and pull it, which is much harder to do on a Flexi leash than on a normal leash.
  • If at any time you drop the plastic box on your leash, your dog could get scared and run away, with the added problem that the leash will make a lot of noise when you drag it around, which will scare him even more.
  • Finally, Flexi leashes, especially those made of cord, which are usually very thin, are a real danger to other dogs or human passers-by, as they can cause chafing and even quite serious cuts: I have personally seen the result of one of them getting tangled up in a girl’s legs, causing her a rather deep cut at the back of her knees.

Even so, it must be acknowledged that many people use these types of leashes with their dogs and are satisfied with them. In my opinion, it is preferable to use a normal leash, one that is very long: this type of leash gives the dog freedom to explore its environment without the need to pull and at the same time gives you more control over it, if necessary.

If, in spite of everything, you prefer Flexi, you can get one, as long as your dog is calm and docile and you are sure that he will not run away suddenly, when he sees a dog, a bicycle or a skateboard.

Multi Position Dog Leashes

The multi-position or adjustable straps are very practical, as they can be adapted to different lengths, according to the needs of the moment.

These are leashes that have two carabiners, one at each end, and that have several hooks, so you can leave it with its full length, fold it in half, or adjust it in the middle, which in many cases will allow you to carry it in shoulder mode, so that it will leave your hands free (something that is only recommended if you have a dog that knows how to walk properly, without giving sudden jerks, because otherwise it could end up pulling you).

These are leashes that will even allow you to carry two dogs at once, although there are also special leashes that allow you to carry more than one dog using only one hand.

Dog Training Leashes

Within this section we will find straps of different types and lengths, depending on what we want to achieve with their use. If you’re looking for a leash to teach your dog to walk without pulling, you can get one like Halti’s, which has two carabiners and is used in conjunction with the pull harness or head collar of the same brand.

If you want to teach your dog to come to your call, or to stay still in certain situations, you will need a leash of more than 10 meters, as these are orders that he must attend to while being away from us. These types of leashes are also very useful if you want to give your dog freedom but there is a risk that he may run away at some point, if he gets scared of something, for example.

Special straps for sport with your dog

If you like to go for a run or ride your bike and you have a very active dog that needs a lot of exercise, you’re definitely made for each other; however, for those needs you’ll need to use special leashes.

If running is your thing, you’ll want to get a good special leash for practicing canicross. These are straps with a belt and elastic parts, which cushion any pull your dog may make. Don’t forget that in this case you will also need to buy your dog a canicross harness.

If, on the other hand, you like to ride a bike, you can do so with your dog as long as you buy him a special leash to adapt it to the bike. These leashes keep your dog at a safe distance so he doesn’t bump into the wheels or get in front of you and throw you off. If this is your case, be sure to check out our article on how to take your dog for a bike ride, where we tell you everything you need to know to take your furry dog with you on your bike rides, whether it’s running alongside you, or in a comfortable basket or trailer.

Loop, choke or slipknot straps

It’s a leash that’s supposed to stop your dog from pulling. To use them it is not necessary that the dog wears a collar, since it has a ring through which the rope is introduced, thus turning it into a kind of sliding loop. If the dog pulls, the loop closes, drowning the dog: the idea is that the poor dog stops pulling to avoid drowning.

It goes without saying that this type of leash is absolutely inadvisable, as it can do a lot of damage to your dog. If he is not very stubborn, he may stop pulling, for fear of getting hurt, but there are many dogs that end up getting used to it and keep on pulling, even causing significant injuries to their trachea, vocal cords and neck, and even causing chronic coughing and intraocular pressure.

Apart from this, there are also psychological risks, making your canine companion suffer from chronic stress, even causing aggression problems.

The truth is that there are better methods to teach your canine friend to walk properly, without pulling. That’s why (and because of the damage they can cause to our furry dogs) we don’t recommend any dog leash in this article.

What is the best material for a dog leash?

Belts made of a variety of different materials can be found on the market. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s see the main ones.

Nylon dog leashes

In my opinion, nylon straps are the best choice. They are light and comfortable, and we can find them in a wide variety of colours. We got them flat, and we got them on a string, too. When choosing a nylon dog leash we must take into account the size of our dog, to choose one that has an appropriate width.

They are also usually strong and washable straps. They have the disadvantage that if your dog gives you a sudden jerk, and the leash slips out of your hand, they can cause you a chafing burn, quite painful, although we always have the possibility to choose a rubberized leash, which solves quite a lot of this problem.

Leather dog leashes

They are elegant, resistant and very durable. They are also very comfortable for us, because the skin is soft and will not hurt us in case of pulling. However, they tend to be heavier than nylon straps and are usually somewhat more expensive. Leather, too, is not so easy to clean and may need special treatment. Of course, a well-maintained leather strap can last you a long, long time, so it’s an interesting option, too.

Metal / chain dog leashes

I would only recommend them in case you have a puppy that has become fond of playing with the leash during walks, biting it and breaking it. A chain strap will take the urge away and he will learn that the strap is not a toy.

However, they are usually heavier than other types of straps, and quite uncomfortable to hold, although they usually come with nylon handles. If you carry it around in your hand and your dog pulls on it, you can do yourself quite a bit of damage, so you should be especially careful when using these types of straps.

What is the ideal length of leash for walking my dog?

As I mentioned above, when you go for a walk with your dog, it is best to do so on a two or three metre leash. Although some people think that a short leash can teach your dog better not to pull, the reality is that the opposite is true.

Realise that dogs “see the world” through their nose, they need to sniff out their surroundings, and if they sense an interesting smell they will want to get closer at all costs. If your dog is on a short leash, every time he wants to get close to a tree or a bush to smell the steps other dogs have left there, or to explore, he will pull you to get there, and will end up assuming that to get to the interesting places he has no choice but to pull.

It’s best to keep the leash free of tension: try to keep it loose at all times, and let your dog sniff around as much as he likes during your walks: after all, the walk should be his big moment of the day, a time when he can exercise, socialise with other dogs and have fun, after hours of being cooped up in the house. Take it easy, and let him enjoy it, without any tugging or excessive control on your part.

Of course, there are situations where you won’t be able to use a long strap. For example, if you are going to take your dog on a train or subway (in cities where it is allowed), you should use a short leash. On the other hand, remember that if you have a dog of one of the breeds considered potentially dangerous, the leash cannot, under any circumstances, exceed two metres.

And so much for our tour of the best dog leashes. I hope I have been helpful to you in finding the right leash for you and your dog.

If you want to complete your basic accessory kit for your dog, don’t forget to take a look at the following posts, too:

  • Dog Toys
  • Dog drinking fountains
  • Dog feeders
  • Dog kennels
  • Dog beds
  • Antiparasite for dogs
  • Muzzles
  • Carriers

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I love animals, especially those that live with me: my dog Rufus and my cat Ronno. I like to give them the best, and I want to help you choose the right accessories for your pets.

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