As we have mentioned in many other articles, being outside with your dog is the best experience for you and your pooch. Bonding and exercise in the great outdoors is an awesome way of keeping your mental health in check and your well-being up. Unfortunately, not all dogs are well behaved when out and about. If, like Rupert, your dog barks at, or is scared of, everything then your walk can be less enjoyable. Also stopping your dog from pulling is also a difficult task if you haven’t trained your doggie properly.
Pet accessories are readily available in many different places and most provide different types of walking and support products such as leads, harnesses, collars etc. Slip leads are also widely sold in the pet industry and we wanted to discuss these in more detail.
Like Dog Shock Collars, which we reviewed here, Slip Leads are very controversial. Let us take a look at why people think they are cruel and inhumane.
Why Do Dog Owners Think Slip Leads are Cruel?
Many different aspects of dog training can be seen as cruel by many different dog owners, compared to others thinking they are correct. For example, Crate Training can be deemed cruel as locking a doggie in a cage is not seen as ideal. We trained Rupert in a crate because of how he had been mistreated in his early years and his training was much more difficult.
Cruelty to animals is not always as simple as “You should do this, you shouldn’t do that” All dogs are different and some require more training and tighter measures than others.
Shock collars are the only things we can think of that are pure and simple, CRUEL! They shock your pet for bad behaviour which is down right disgusting and we believe they should be banned.
What Exactly is a Dog Slip Lead?
Slip leads help train your doggie to remain close by and not lunge / run forwards. The loop on a slip lead goes around the dogs neck and gently tightens should your dog try to misbehave. Although they generally are a loose lead /collar combined the tightening is what is deemed to be dangerous to your doggie. Animal shelters / kennels use them to move dogs around as they prevent the dog from escaping.
Why Are Slip Leads such a Hot Topic?
When dogs lunge, it is because they have seen something they want. OR because they have seen another animal they wish to chase and show who is dominant. With a slip lead, as your dong lunges forwards the collar around your dogs neck tightens. This immediate discomfort to your dog is what is deemed as inhumane. The quick sharp punishment your dog receives can also be dangerous and cause damage to the throat, neck, and spine. If your dog is an aggressive lunger without notice then this can also become fatal and crush your dog’s windpipe. Be warned, these should only be used in extreme circumstances / if you feel extremely comfortable with your dog and walking.
These don’t always reduce pulling but generally speaking your dog will learn that when pulling they receive pain and will stop.
Are there any positives with a Slip Lead?
100% these leads have positives. Dogs who are already well trained to walk alongside you can benefit from these as they feel freer. This is because the loop is loose around the neck so they don’t actually feel like they are on a lead. They also train your dog not to pull on the lead quicker due to the pain they feel when they do.
Slip Leads are made from thicker materials to keep strong and secure around your hands and your dogs neck.
They also come with Anti Choking (as pictured above) allowing for a much more safer use.
Should I Start Using a Slip Lead?
Unless your dog is well behaved and walks by your side already then I would say no. Your dog should have been trained from an early age to walk with you. If they currently don’t then don’t bother. You will harm your dog by using this now.
If you have a very well behaved dog that ignores its surroundings and animals nearby and just walks nicely then absolutely. You may find this is more comfortable for the both of you and your walks become even more enjoyable.