Foam/Rubber Handled Leashes:
Don't let that handle fool you.
Sadly this nifty new style doesn't hold up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Before long either the foam/rubber apparatus goes missing, leaving your hand left with the uncomfortable nylon rope, or the leash is adorned with good old fashion duck tape (got to love that look!) in an attempt to hold everything together.
Save yourself from having to replace this leash by avoiding it.
Retractable Leashes (AKA Flexi Leads):
Step away from the flexilead!
There are far to many reasons to avoid using this type of leash to all be listed in this small blog post. I will simply say for the safety of you and your dog and for the sanity of your dog trainer please avoid using retractable leashes.
If you would like to learn exactly why check out these links.
Dr Becker - That Dog
Leashes Made with "Harsh" Material:
Think of your end of the leash.
99% of dogs will have some pulling going on in the beginning of their walking life. Be sure to pick a leash that is comfortable in your hands.
I recommend leather, cotton fabric or webbing and soft rope. We have a nice selection of leashes here at Active K9.
Avoid leashes made of chain, rough nylon (both flat and rope) and plastic type materials.