What Leash Is the Best for a Puppy? (Solved & Explained!)

Every dog owner will need a leash for their furry friend, but they come in so many different types, materials, and styles that it can be very hard to know what is best for your dog. When it comes to puppies, there are even more things to consider to keep them feeling as comfortable and happy as possible.

The best leash for a puppy is one that is not too heavy or too uncomfortable, while also being short enough that they are close to you while you are leash training. You also want a comfortable collar or harness that allows your puppy to have the full range of movement without being loose around their neck or shoulders.

The rest of this article will go into detail about the different types of leashes, collars and harnesses that you might consider for your puppy, as well as the ones to avoid, covering what they are designed to do and how they might or might not suit a growing dog.

At What Age Do You Put a Leash on a Puppy?

Puppies can start wearing a leash at a surprisingly young age, around 4-6 weeks, but they won’t be actually going out for walks with a leash on until two weeks after their final vaccination. After about 4 weeks they can start getting used to wearing a collar or a leash indoors, so their practice can begin early.

Why Does My Puppy Need a Leash?

It is a legal requirement in many places that your dog is on a leash when they are out in public, but a leash provides many other benefits as well. It is a good way to keep your dog under control when you are training, to stop them from getting into danger, and to keep them by your side.

Do Puppies Need a Special Leash?

Puppies don’t really need a specially designed leash, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to smaller, younger dogs. Puppies will struggle more with weight and be more put off by discomfort, and they are also more likely to pull and chew on their leashes while they are learning.

What Kind of Leash is Best for a Puppy?

The type of leash that is best for a puppy, therefore, is one that is relatively lightweight but durable, and allows for you to keep them close by when you are training. There are a lot of different options of leash that match this description, however, so it’s worth looking further into what type is best for your needs.

How Does the Type of Leash and Collar Affect Training for a Puppy?

When you are training your puppy on a leash, you need to keep them comfortably close to you and stop if they pull, until they are calm and ready to move. With longer leashes, heavier leashes, or uncomfortable collars, they will find it hard to understand that being relaxed by your side is the desired behaviour.

Why Would I Choose a Standard Leash?

The most common leashes are between 4 and 8 feet long and made from either nylon or leather. They are durable and unlikely to be damaged, they are not heavy for you or your dog and they are just the right length to keep your dog within a safe and sensible distance from you at all times.

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Should I Put my Puppy on a Retractable Leash?

A retractable leash functions similarly to a measuring tape, in that the cord can be let out or retracted to increase or shorten the length of the lead. While these can be beneficial for older dogs, retractable leashes are likely to encourage poor leash behaviour in puppies, even encouraging pulling, and can yank dangerously at their necks.

Are Bungee Leashes Good for Puppies?

Bungee leashes have a stretchy section in the middle that reduces the shock of your dog yanking or pulling forwards. For puppies, this will make them more likely to pull on their leash and lunge towards things, so they are not recommended while you are still in the process of training.

Could I Use an Adjustable Leash for my Puppy?

A more comfortable way to allow your dog a bit more freedom in open spaces, but keep them close on the pavement, is to use an adjustable leash. You can usually change the length between around 3 and 6 feet and, because the lengths are fixed, your dog can get used to them easier without suddenly getting yanked backwards.

Is Nylon or Leather Better for Puppies

Nylon is a cheap and reliable option, though it is a little bit less durable than leather and can be a bit rough on your hands. Leather is softer and often more comfortable, and they are more resistant to little puppy teeth, but they are also noticeably more expensive.

Are Chain Leashes Good for Puppies?

Leashes made from a metal chain are not very commonly used but they are designed for dogs that are particularly rough about chewing. They are usually too heavy for puppies and most smaller dogs would also find them very uncomfortable, although very thin options are available if you are finding all of your leashes chewed to pieces.

Is a Collar or Harness Better for a Puppy?

For really small dogs, a harness is usually a safer and more comfortable option when they are out and about on walks, or during other outdoor activities. Not all puppies feel comfortable in them though and a harness is not essential, whereas you will definitely want a collar for everyday wear and to display their ID tag.

Can a Puppy Wear a Choke Collar?

Most collars are known as “flat” or “rolled” collars and they sit flat against your dog’s neck, attached at a comfortable width. Choke collars slip around the neck and tighten uncomfortably when the leash is pulled and, while they are designed to discourage pulling, they are painful and potentially harmful so they should not be used for puppies.