While you consider your options for leashes, you might also want to think about picking up a new collar to go along with it. We have round ups of the best designer collars and personalized collars, as well as the top five best collars in general to give you a place to start looking.
If the arrival of warmer weather has you looking for a new leash, start here with our top 5 best dog leashes.
1. Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash
Is your dog a bruiser? Could their sheer willpower easily defeat any normal nylon leash? This might be the one for you. Inspired by ultra-tough climbing gear, this leash is made of kernmantle rope, which is also used for parachute cords. This is meant for dogs who easily wear through leashes of lesser material. It has an easy-to-hold tubular handle, as well as a loop just below it for accessories like lights or pick-up bags. The attachment mechanism is a locking carabiner that will ensure a strong connection to your dog. Reflective trim is woven into the rope material to improve visibility. Available in both small and large thicknesses (both 60 inches in length) as well as four colors: Blue Spring, Obsidian Black, Purple Dusk, and Red Currant.
Need more options? Browse all Ruffwear products here.
2. Pawtitas Reflective Padded Dog Leash
If visibility is important, this Pawtitas reflective model might be a good option. The medium-large version is an inch wide, while the one for smaller pups is 5/8 of an inch — both wide enough to ensure good durability and provide enough surface area for the reflective stripe sewn into it. An excellent leash to use at dawn and dusk, it comes in a wide assortment of colors including black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, orchid, red, and teal. A good, standard leash option with added usability.
Need more options? Browse all Pawtitas products here.
Price: $14.99 – $16.99
3. Flexi Explore Retractable Dog Leash
This Flexi model is made for dogs up to 110 pounds and extends up to 26 feet. The locking mechanism is smooth and reliable, much more so than the push-push design other retractable leashes use. It’s available in black, blue, and red. A lot of pick-up bag holders won’t fit over the handle and it lacks an accessory loop, but if you get one with Velco straps, you’ll be good to go.
Need more options? Browse all Flexi products here.
Price: $14.42 (36 percent off MSRP)
4. Mighty Paw BungeeX2 Double Dog Leash
Naturally, if you have two dogs, you’ll need two leashes, right? Not quite. This clever bungee system makes it easy to walk two dogs without the hassle of two leashes getting tangled. Available in three sizes, this leash relies on a swivel attachment just above the split to seamlessly join two dogs to one leash handle. The bungee function helps to absorb some of the tugging that is certain to come from walking two dogs at once. As an added bonus, they include a wall hook for storing the leash. This leash also includes reflective material woven into the weatherproof nylon, but only comes in black.
Need more options? Browse all Mighty Paw products here.
Price: $17.99 – $24.99
5. Leashboss Free Range Leash
Looking for a bit of freedom? If a retractable leash won’t work for you and your dog, there’s also this option. Available in lengths of 20 feet, 30 feet, and 50 feet, this soft nylon megaleash is great for backyard training, giving your dog enough rope to move relatively far away from you even as you maintain control of them. Made for medium and large dogs, you can use this as a run in camping situations or while recall training. The handle is made of high density foam to give you better, more comfortable control. One drawback is that it lacks reflective material compared to the others on this list. Each of these super long leashes comes with a carrying bag for storage.
Need more options? Browse all Leashboss products here.
Price: $24.98 – $37.98 (32 – 37 percent off MSRP)