Slip Leads

Why use a slip lead?

For dogs with issues on the walk, the slip lead can be a great tool for correcting misbehaviors. If your dog is easily distracted by squirrels, other dogs, or just a strong gust of wind, the collar allows for quick corrections to get your dog back on track.

Give a quick, firm pull sideways on the leash. If you pull straight back, your dog will pull against you. Instead, by giving a quick tug to the side, you knock him off balance and get his attention. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections! If you are unfamiliar how to use the tool, talk to a local professional or ask someone at the store for help.

How to use a slip lead – correctly

When used correctly a slip lead is a straightforward and effective tool for dogs. It was created as an easy lead to carry so it could quickly be “slipped” onto a dog after work. However, I stress that a slip lead must be used correctly because I am horrified by the number of dogs I see out in with the slip lead on the wrong way round or pulled tight because it’s the wrong size.

The lead should be positioned over the dog’s head with the sliding ring nearest the handler’s leg; if it is on the correct way the ring will slide up and down the lead freely. This means that when the lead is slack, as it should be at all times, the ring will drop freely down the lead under the dog’s head. If you walk with your dog on your left side then looking from the front of the dog the lead will go over the dog’s neck in a clockwise direction, down the opposite side, under the throat to the sliding link near your leg. Or another way to look at it, hold the lead out in front of you and it makes the letter “P”, or if you walk your dog on the right hand side it will make the letter “Q”.

Choosing the right size

It needs to be long enough to have plenty of slack and be of good-quality soft rope or leather that is supple enough for it to slide freely. It’s easy to buy the wrong lead when shopping online. As a measure, a 1.2m slip lead on a spaniel is fine. Choose a brightly coloured lead so if you drop it in the grass it’s easier to find.

Where to buy

We have some in the shop now, or you can buy directly from our local supplier, And if you enter the code SIMPLYRAW at checkout you’ll receive a 5% discount simply by being a Simply Raw customer, you can also save on postage by using the code SIMPLYRAW299 and choosing COLLECT FROM SIMPLY RAW as the shipping option, and your lead won’t be posted, but delivered to our shop within 48 hours, free of charge!

Slip leads from Fynes Pet Products