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This post was originally published on May 18, 2015, and was updated on March 5, 2020.
We know that there are a variety of leashes to choose from, so choosing the one that’s right for your pup can be a challenge.
When looking for a new leash, it’s essential to consider your needs: Hands-free or something for training? Will you be walking a single dog or multiple pups? Are you shopping for something to use in the yard, something on a hike, or simply something with a little style?
Whether your dog is a loose leash expert or a freight train puller, we’ll help you find the best dog leash for your dog’s daily walk—and beyond—with this list of the best dog leashes for all sorts of situations.
This premium, genuine leather leash combines craftsmanship and is rockin’ metal clips that can withstand 500 pounds of pull force. Keep out of reach of puppies when not in use (you don’t want them chewing on your lovely leash), this stylish accessory should last for years to come—which is why the company even provides a 2-year warranty.Buy on Amazon
The Thunderleash is an everyday leash with one special property— a unique clip that allows you to connect the leash around the dog’s torso to give them harness-like feedback when pulling. A great training lead to give good control for any size dog. And if your dog does decide to be well-behaved for the day, you can always clip the leash to the collar for the walk (just like a normal leash).Buy on Amazon
Best for Hands-Free Convenience
A hands-free leash is perfect for trained dogs who enjoy running and hiking with their people. Pushing a stroller or carrying groceries? That’s no problem with this hands-free leash—just make sure your pup is a good listener, since you’ll have less control over how they’re walking. Though this model sports an extra handle in case you need to get a hold of your dog quickly, two bungee sections for shock absorption, and glow-in-the-dark tape for nighttime.Buy on Amazon
Best Eco-Friendly Option
Cycle Dog Recycled Leash
The Cycledog recycled dog leash is made from used bicycle tire tubes covered in reflective material. This leash is grippy, antimicrobial, and comes with a handy bottle opener, which is a great spot to attach your poop bags or keys. Get the story behind Cycledog here.
Another recycled leash brand we recommend is Krebs, which upcycles used climbing rope into sturdy and durable leashes.Buy on Amazon
Best Reflective Option
LED Glow Leash
This light-up leash is perfect when you want to take your pooch on an evening stroll and need some nighttime visibility (and you’re looking to buy more than a light accessory for their collar). This model combines a rechargeable USB-powered LED light with three light settings, and reflective fabric for maximum visibility. Yellow not your thing? This is available in five different colors.Buy on Amazon
A 25 to 60-foot long line leash can truly be a useful tool for working on recall training exercises with your canine. Distance command training requires a long leash so that your dog can practice behaviors at liberty without the possibility of wandering off. Though this tool offers a taste of freedom, it’s also made up of sturdy, high-quality materials that’ll stand up to your toughest pups.Buy on Amazon
This leash is perfect for your well-behaved (mostly) pup that needs to be on a leash, but deserves a little freedom. The super cushy handle makes this a dream to hang onto, and the included D-ring means your poop bag can conveniently hang close by. Not only is this sturdy leash popular with plenty of dog-lovers, but it comes with a 5-year warranty that ensures protection against issues—including the accidental dog-chewing incident.Buy on Amazon
Best for Dogs Who Need More Control
Often called a traffic leash or training tab, this leash consists of a short loop attached to a dog’s collar to provide close control in sticky situations. It can be used alone in off-leash situations as an emergency brake, or in addition to a regular 6-foot leash, for training purposes. This 1-foot nylon leash can be added to your regular leash, or attached to a harness. Great for medium and large dogs who need a little extra control.Buy on Amazon
The slip lead is a good tool for a dog that needs occasional light correction on walks, but isn’t a freight train puller. The leash makes a loop to secure around the neck like a collar, with a rubber stopper to prevent it from over-loosening. A more casual way to walk your dog—this option is best for pups who are on the mellow and more predictable side.Buy on Amazon
Best Basic Leash
This leash may not look like anything special, but it’s a solid (and very popular) option when it comes to taking your pet into the Great Outdoors. Crafted from 100% strong nylon fabric, this product is available in a rainbow of colors, so choose the one that best complements your pup’s scruff. Long enough to give them some freedom, but short enough for you to maintain control, this leash is perfect for hiking and camping—but also just right for a quick cruise around the neighborhood.
(For more great hiking leash options, check out our review of these three popular styles.)Buy on Amazon
Now that you’ve explored some great leash options, we hope that you’re inspired to take your four-legged friend out into the world using that one that’s best suited for them.
But don’t forget—here at Rover we’ve got plenty of dog-walking experts who are happy to take your dog out for a spin when you don’t have the time!
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