The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training Leads: Teach Your Pup Obedience, Heel Work, and Recall

Teaching your furry friend to walk on a lead is a crucial part of their training. Not only does it provide control and ensure their safety, but it is also a legal requirement in many places. With so many options available, finding the best dog training lead can be overwhelming. These leads are typically longer than standard ones, allowing your dog some freedom while ensuring you have the ability to retrieve them if they disobey the recall command. One example is the long-line, which can be as long as 20 meters and is specifically designed for recall training.

Another type of training lead is the slip lead, which is great for teaching your dog not to pull. It applies pressure around the neck when your dog pulls and loosens when they correct their behavior, rewarding them for doing the right thing. Some slip leads even have a “figure of eight” design that distributes pressure on the muzzle as well.

While there are other leads that require specialized harnesses or training collars, this guide focuses on straightforward leads that can be used with a regular collar. These leads are simply tools and cannot change your dog’s behavior on their own. However, when used correctly, the best dog training leads will help you teach your precious pup to behave appropriately and walk obediently by your side.

What’s the Best Choice of Dog Training Leads?

Spaniel wearing a figure of eight training lead

Dog & Field Training Lead

  • Training focus: Anti-pull
  • Length: 200cm
  • Size: One size fits all breeds
  • Colours: Red or blue
  • RRP: £14.99
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This figure-of-eight lead is highly effective and proven to make walking any pulling dog a breeze. It goes over the muzzle and around the neck, applying pressure when the dog pulls hard and releasing when they stop. Made from super-soft braided nylon, it fits all breeds and muzzle shapes, eliminating the need for a collar.

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TagME slip dog training lead

TagME Slip Lead

  • Training focus: Anti-pull
  • Length: 182.9cm
  • Sizes: S, M, L (diameter of lead differs, not length)
  • Colours: 12 colours
  • RRP: £10.49

Specifically designed to help train pulling dogs, this slip lead tightens when your dog pulls and loosens when they stop. It features a foam handle for a more comfortable grip, protecting you from rope burn during sudden pulling. With an adjustable loop, it’s easy to put on and off without the need for a collar. The metal lock tab in the collar part prevents choking. Made from durable braided climbing rope with heavy-duty stitching, this lead is suitable for dogs weighing up to 100kg. Reflective threads enhance visibility, keeping you and your furry friend safe.

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Pettom long line for dog training

Pettom Long Lead

  • Training focus: Recall
  • Lengths: 5m, 10m, 15m
  • Colours: Orange or black
  • RRP: £14.99

This lead is specifically designed for recall training, field training, hunting, and off-lead stimulation. It provides the handler with control while the dog enjoys outdoor activities. Made from durable, lightweight mountain climbing rope with reflective material, it is both sturdy and easy to handle. The tight weave prevents knotting and entanglement, even in challenging environments. With 360º rotating clips on each end, you can easily tie your dog to a pole or tree when you need your hands-free momentarily. It even floats on water, making it perfect for swimming dogs.

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Total Pet figure of eight dog training lead

Total Pet Dog Lead

  • Training focus: Anti-pull
  • Length: 187cm
  • Sizes: Small/medium or medium/large (diameter of lead differs, not length)
  • Colour: Black
  • RRP: From £14.99

This padded figure-of-eight lead is designed to teach your dog not to pull. When your dog pulls, it tilts their head down, breaking the line of sight, and releases when they walk obediently. It can also be used as a slip lead if preferred. Made from non-stretchy rope, it features padding around the snout area for added comfort. The lead can be used without a collar or attached to a regular collar for extra security if your dog manages to escape the figure-of-eight.

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Wolfone long line for training dogs

Wolfone Training Dog Lead

  • Length: 5m, 10m, 15m
  • Training focus: Recall
  • Colours: Deep blue, red, black, lake green, and orange
  • RRP: From £16.65

This robust long line is made from tough nylon webbing and latex silk with reflective thread, ensuring durability and visibility. The rubberized handle and non-slip lead allow for a secure grip anywhere along the line, giving you better control over your dog’s movements. The lead includes an elastic bungee cord extension to buffer tension when your dog reaches the end of the rope, preventing sudden jerks and discomfort. Suitable for recall training and other outdoor activities, this lead is a reliable choice for active dogs.

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Ancol Vintage Deluxe Leather dog training lead

Ancol Vintage Deluxe Leather Training Lead

  • Training focus: General obedience
  • Length: 2m
  • Colour: Brown leather
  • RRP: £51.49
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For those who appreciate a beautiful heritage look, this all-round lead can be extended to give your dog more freedom or shortened for greater control. Made from 100% genuine leather with sewn leather fixings for strength, it exudes both style and functionality. It features three rings and two trigger hooks, allowing you to adapt it for various training exercises. Whether securing your dog to a fence or picnic table or teaching basic sit and stay commands, this lead is perfect for everyday training and good manners.

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Remember, the right dog training lead is just one piece of the puzzle. A well-rounded training approach, consistency, and positive reinforcement are key to achieving the desired behavior in your four-legged companion. Happy training and enjoy your journey with your furry friend!

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