Let The Dogs Out: Our Top Dog Leashes

updated May 3, 2019
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Sometimes a joy, sometimes a chore, taking your dog out for a walk is a necessary part of pet ownership. There are a million and one leashes to choose from out there, so we’ve picked out a few of our favorites. And remember, every dog is different and has different needs so make sure you’re choosing the right kind of leash for your dog. Not sure what you need? Cesar Milan has a quick and informative guide for picking one out. Tell us your dog walking go-to in the comments!

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To me, this looks like the Platonic ideal of dog leashes. Simple and beautiful, “this Bridle Leather dog leash is 1″ wide and 5′ long. It’s made of the toughest saddle-grade hides, sourced from North America and tanned in the USA. This leather leash is built to retain its integrity, even after years of repeated twisting or bending.”

Patterned, washable and above all, shiny, this leash is eye catching while remaining practical. It’s available in two different lengths and made in Tennessee. There are a bunch of attractive colors and patterns available, but I just love how summery this one feels.

This highly reviewed harness does some cool stuff. “The harness features two leash attachment points: an aluminum V-ring centered on the dog’s back for everyday walks, and reinforced webbing at the dog’s chest for training or additional control. ID pocket keeps dog tags quiet and easily accessible.”

For those who want a retractable leash, this Tao Tronics leash is a highly reviewed, totally affordable option. It’s strong, weatherproof and comes with a bag dispenser, so you’re pretty much all set to go. “For any types of dog with up to 110lbs in weight, This Retractable leash works for powerful large dogs, as well as medium sized and smaller dogs, giving them maximum freedom while under your control.”

Lindsey, a member of our design team, said of her dog, “Colbie is all about the polka dots.” And understandably so, this leash is the cutest, Colbie has excellent taste. With four color options to suit your fancy and two leash lengths to suit the size of your dog,

A sturdy and basic hemp leash, this one came highly recommended form Randall one of our tech team members and owner of Dori pictured at the top. Read more about Hemp leashes and Good Dog products here.