Your basic training leash should be four to six feet long and made of leather, nylon, or cotton webbing. Make sure your leash is lightweight enough with a small bolt snap for small dogs. Likewise, there is no need for a bolt snap big enough to hold a horse to be on the end of the leash, no matter how big your dog is. Too large a snap could hurt your dog's eye.

Retractable leashes are very useful. They give your dog more freedom, when it is appropriate, while avoiding tangling around a dog's leg. I find mine especially useful when I am traveling with my dog. They are great for leash breaking puppies and for working on the come command.

Another useful leash is a slip lead. This is a leash and collar in one. I keep one by the door so I'm always ready to prevent jumping up when someone comes to the door. It's easier to slip over a dog's head when the dog is excited than to search for a ring on a collar to which to attach a leash.

Most of the training that follows in this chapter should be done on a four- to six-foot leash.

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