Your lead is the most vital and important piece of training equipment you can own, not only does have multiple uses, it is also an aerial to your dog.
Tighten it at the wrong time and you can send messages that could spark aggression, fear, or anxiety, use it to drag your dog around and it could damage his neck and spine.
It’s a piece of equipment we tend to take for advantage, which we shouldn’t, it’s correct usage is of the most importance. Used correctly, the dog lead can be almost the only training aid you will ever need.
All training including sit, stay, down, recall, sit stay, wait etc should initially be trained on a lead. Unfortunately a lot of the leads used are far too short to be effective and are of a material that hurts and can burn and damage your hands.
The lead should be at least 5 foot long irrespective of the size of the dog, this will help all training and lead work in the future. It should be made of something that is extremely strong yet very soft, Whatever you do avoid Nylon which is harsh and can burn and damage your hands.
You do not need to spend a crazy amount of money to find a good lead but you should do your research into what manufactures sell the best. It’s better to spend a little money harm yourself or your dog.