A clip-on leash attaches to the collar that the dog might already be wearing.
A leash or a lead is a
rope or similar
material attached to the neck of a
pet (often a
dog) for restraint or
control. Some leashes clip or tie to
while others go directly around the animal's neck.
In many jurisdictions, laws require dogs and other animals to wear leashes at
all times when outdoors.
Purposes of a leash include: preventing animals from frightening or
biting people or other animals,
in inappropriate places, endangering traffic, digging up
lawns and causing
other damage, and getting lost. Leashes also provide a clear method of
communication and ensure control during training.
For dogs, leashes take many forms; for example:
- Very short tab leads; a clip attached to a loop handle or to a short
piece of leather with a knot or similar short handle. Allows very close,
tight control of a dog in certain competition or training situations.
- Short, soft, braided leather lead with a loop handle and a clip to
attach to the collar, usually about 4 feet in length, commonly used during
obedience training. The softness enables the trainer to fold the leash into
a shorter length and the braiding allows a firmer grip.
- Nylon webbing leash, usually 4 to 6 feet, with a loop handle and clip,
most commonly used for walking dogs casually.
- Extended-length webbing leashes, 12 to 30 feet or more, usually with a
loop handle and a clip, primarily for training at a distance or during
- Slip-lead, usually with a loop handle and an adjustable, slipping loop
at the other end that goes around the dog's neck. Often used in work or
agility—where the leash must be quickly removed and replaced.
- Retractable (brands include Flexi and Zenimal), a hook on a thin rope
that retracts automatically into a large plastic handle, allowing the dog to
wander 15 or 25 feet away while keeping the leash taut (in theory preventing
it from tangling around obstacles or the dog's legs) but still allowing the
handler to reel in the dog for closer control.
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| Dog Collar
| Elizabethan Collar
| Dog Harness
| Dog Tag
| Martingale (Fastener)
| Microchip Implant
| Dog Sled
| Dog Whistle
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