Is There a Difference in Leads?

Many people ask me why it is so significant to have a high quality lead and what defines “high quality” when it comes to leads?  The lead is the line of communication between the handler and the dog.  Of course it is important to use proper voice commands to communicate with your dogs, but most people overlook the significance of the communication directed down the lead to the dog.

In a previous article, I explained that it was not important what you thought you were communicating to your dog, but only what you are actually communicating to your dog.  Many handlers do not realize that they are giving contrary commands to their dog between their voice commands and lead direction.  But communication goes both way.  Through the lead, the dog also communicates with the handler.  Moving forward, backward, leading in or out while walking, sitting or laying while standing still.  There are many situations that you can find yourself in where it is either not safe or not convenient to always be looking down at your dog.  With a high quality lead, this communication becomes possible.  But what is a high quality lead?

The most important aspect of a high quality lead is that communication must be able to run up and down the lead simply by touch.  The only way to accomplish this is to have a lead that is stiff.  Dunetos K-9 leads are constructed in such a way that they maintain a rigid manner about them.  This stiffness allows the handler to communicate with the dog and the dog with the handler by detecting movement in the other.  This also assists with giving correction to the dog when training.  An effective “pop” is vital to receiving the maximum effect with the minimum effort.

Another quality that is beneficial in a lead is a floating ring and clips on both ends.  This is not required, but it can be very beneficial.  With a floating ring and additional clip you can easily tie your dog to any solid object, make a loop large enough to wear over your shoulder, and you can even turn your lead into a rappelling harness to be worn by the dog during tactical operations or search and rescue.

The lead pictured above allows all this and more.  Feel free to contact us at joel@dk-9.com for more details.

Until next time, this is Joel with Dunetos K-9 helping sharpen your world…one dog at a time.

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