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Leads That Are Comfy To Hold

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Kavik   

My name is Kavik and I am a lead collector (among other things) :o

2 x Fibre Tek leads

3 x Gripper leads (2 different lengths)

1 x Black Dog lead

1 x Kumalong lead

1 x Rogz puppy lead

2 x braided fleece tug leads (for the competition dog who doesn't tug at comps :o )

several old cotton leads I no longer really use, kept for extras, and other various uses (holding tunnel bags for one :laugh: )

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I was given a Ezy Dog Zero Shock lead by a rep, and I love it! It has the elastic in it which absorbs shock if she pulls all of a sudden but also has a handle near the clip that makes it traffic lead length.

It has neoprene in the handle too which is nicer than nylon!

I just checked it out online and it's way cool. :thumbsup:

Is it easy to control your dogs with these? Caesar's still a baby so he might just bolt when he sees fit, but other times he's ok.

Yea, I love it! I find it very easy to control Cleo (but I find she responds to small movements of the lead anyway), but if I need her close, I can use the traffic length section to keep her closer to my leg - I must mention that there are 2 lengths available, I have the longer one, 48 inches.

I was given an ugly brown one but it's so awesome that I don't care that it doesn't match (I like to colour co-ordinate collar and lead, I'm crazy like that)

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I'm still using some that are about 15 years old but that doesn't stop me buying more...I've got about 10 (for 2 dogs)! I sooooo want a k9pro syntek lead but my family looks at me funny when I ask for a lead for Mother's Day :rofl:

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I like rope leads for horses - nice soft cotton... cheap - usually under $10 and don't break when the dog decides to go after the speeding car.

I usually tie a big loop in the end and a few knots along the line.

Probably wouldn't be the greatest thing for a tiny dog though.

Oh and will endure more than thirty seconds of chomping too. Not like the flat webbing ones. Or the fleecy ones.

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I generally use black dog wear or rogz depending on the activity. I have a K9pro leather - haven't used it yet but it feels gorgeous. :D

It's time to upgrade to something stronger - clip and stitching wise - firstly you want a lead that WON'T fail, secondly you want a lead that feels comfortable and somewhere down the list is the price but good quality and cheap don't go together where leads are concerned.

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Zug Zug   

I have a K9Pro leather leash and it is pretty much the only leash I use now.

I do have a nylon long line and find it useful to train my dog around distractions, but I have stopped using my gripper long line since I got a very serious calf burn from it one day which took over a month to heal (it was very deep and very painful). My new long line is nylon (not much nicer on the skin to be honest) but shorter (7m - the gripper was 10m) and partially for that reason I find it easier to manage.

But based on my experience I don't think the gripper is easy on the hands and skin. Leather is much more forgiving and softer to handle.

I highly recommend the K9Pro leather leash in terms of softness on your hands and also strength and reliability. I have another really well made braided burgundy leather leash which I also love, but it just isn't as soft as the K9Pro leash and for that reason hardly ever sees the light of day. It was also nowhere near as cheap - my burgundy lead cost me $90 from a specialist leather merchant some years ago.

This is the K9Pro leash I'm talking about: http://www.k9pro.com.au/products/Premium-Leather-Leash-5%7B47%7D8%22-General-Duty-Leash.html

They are definitely not sharp. I've had leather leashes previously that have started out quite stiff, and softened very slowly over a number of years. These are different - they are soft on the hands from day 1, and get even softer again over time (I've had mine for 18 months now).

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corvus   

I'd look at paracord leashes. Heaps of people on Etsy make them for good prices and whatever length and colours you like. You can even get those lobster snaps, which I love. I've only played with one paracord leash in real life, but it was surprisingly soft and comfy. I was way tempted to buy one. They have a wee bit of give, but not enough to get into trouble with. Tough and super strong. E.g. Paracord leashes

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casowner   

I swear by EzyDog leads especially for pullers as the shock absorbing feature is great, we sell heaps and heaps of leads but I always get the ED ones for myself

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I've just made a paracord lead as I couldn't find exactly what I wanted anywhere so I figured I would make my own. I've just made a simple one to practice the weave and I'm now about to start an adjustable one. Might do a collar too.

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I start puppies off on a good ,fine chain leash .. similar to this 669630091_o.jpg absolutely no probs with leash chewing playing that way ;)

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I like rope leads for horses - nice soft cotton... cheap - usually under $10 and don't break when the dog decides to go after the speeding car.

I usually tie a big loop in the end and a few knots along the line.

Probably wouldn't be the greatest thing for a tiny dog though.

Oh and will endure more than thirty seconds of chomping too. Not like the flat webbing ones. Or the fleecy ones.

I too use horse leads the same way you have described, although at the moment I have an "actual" rope dog lead. Much prefer ropes to traditional leads.

Very soft, light and comfy to handle yet very durable. Dries quickly too. Because I like to be on the safe side when it comes to strength of equipment mine has a heavy duty bull snap. Absolutely nothing to complain about on the lead and not once have I doubted the lead's ability to contain my dog (which definitely has happened before with supermarket leads!).

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Cheap as Chips have good rope leashes - terrible to look at but really comfy on your hands! And I think they cost about $3.

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Frosty has broken more than one of the cheap as chips leads... The plastic clip at the top (dog end) just breaks apart when she decides she wants to say hello to the flappy squealy neighbour who loves her dearly...

Edited by Mrs Rusty Bucket

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I have 3 leashes.

1 of the long line gripper leashes from K9Pro and it is great for long line work.

I also have 2 Ruthless Leather leashes.

1 standard, which Ruthless gave me with my first collar purchase as a birthday promotion they were having and a 3 way training leash that I bought with Zig's second collar.

I have to admit, the 3 way leash is my favourite and I tend to use it much more than the others and it is so soft on my hands.

The quality is nothing short of amazing and Zig and I are pretty hard on his equipment, it stands up to everything Zig dishes out.

He can be a puller sometimes on lead when he gets excited and I know the lead isn't going to rub or burn my hands if he does this.

He will also take the lead in his mouth if he wants to go and he has never even marked it.

I have seen the K9 Pro leather leashes and they are pretty awesome as well.

Edited by Staffyluv

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