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Dog leashes

Dog Leashes

If you have a dog, you’re going to need a leash. In fact, you might even need more than one leash. There are many reasons why and equally as many uses for dog leashes.

Many areas have leash laws that require you to keep your dog on a leash when using public areas. The law applies whether you’re going out for a walk, attending a dog show, or merely having a picnic in the local park. Where such laws are in effect, and you are found not in compliance, you can be cited for breaking the law and have to pay a fine. In extreme cases, your dog can be seized and taken to the local doggy jail, where you will have to pay to get him out. Break the law enough times, and you could even face losing your precious pet. So it’s important to take leash laws seriously.

Even if you live in an area that doesn’t have such a law, there will still be times you’ll need and want to control your dog. If you’re in the process of training your dog, a leash is a necessity. Obedience schools and classes will require you to have a leash, and even if you are training on your own, you will need a leash to be able to train effectively. And then even the best-trained dog can be distracted and require control at times. For instance if you are out for a walk and encounter another dog, you will want to be able to restrain yours to protect both him and the other dog, as well as keep peace with other people. No one appreciates someone else’s dog attacking their pet. A leash can be indispensable in keeping your dog from running off chasing dogs, rabbits, or cars. And if your dog is a service dog, then of course a leash (or handle) is absolutely necessary, enabling you to stay in contact with him and effectively communicate according to his training and your needs.

First you need to decide what you want one for, then look around to see what’s available, and finally choose the right product for your and your dog’s needs. All you need to do is go to your local pet store and pick one up, right? Well yes – and no. There are actually a lot more choices than you might realize, so it’s a good idea to take a little time to familiarize yourself with what’s available and what will work best for you before you make that purchase.

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