Pulling on leashes

Leashes come in an assortment of styles, materials, widths, and lengths. The following are the most common materials:

Canvas: Canvas leashes are readily available in pet stores and through catalogs and Web sites. They come in a variety of colors, although olive green seems to be the most common. We get ours from Handcraft Collars

(www.handcraftcollars.com).

The best training leash is a six-foot canvas leash — it's easy on the hands, easily manipulated, and just the right length. It's also the most economical. For the average-size or larger dog, such as a Labrador, we use a canvas leash that's )2-inch wide. For toy dogs, such as a Yorkshire Terrier, we use a leash that's X-inch wide.

Nylon: For a training leash, our materials of choice are canvas or nylon. Both can be readily manipulated, an important factor for the method we use, and they're economical. Canvas, especially with larger dogs, is easier on your hands than nylon.

Leather: Leather leashes are also quite popular, although they're more expensive than canvas leashes. They're usually bulkier than canvas or nylon but do not readily lend themselves to our approach to training.

* Chain: We've never quite understood the purpose of chain leashes or why anyone would want to use them, but they exist. Chain leashes are often used with large dogs, but they're heavy, unwieldy, and hard on the hands. For example, if you wanted to fold the leash neatly into one hand or the other, as required by the training techniques we teach in this book, you wouldn't be able to do so without considerable discomfort. It's definitely not a leash you can use for training Buddy.

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