Which is better: 4 foot or 6 foot leashes? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
View Poll Results: Which do you think is better?
4 foot leash 18 22.22%
6 foot leash 34 41.98%
They're both equally good 23 28.40%
None of the above (please reply and explain!) 6 7.41%
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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Which is better: 4 foot or 6 foot leashes?

So the title pretty much says it all... Which is better: 4 ft or 6 ft leash, and why?

I am partially asking because I'm thinking of buying a new leash that matches Bianca's collar and they come in either 4 or 6 foot, 1" wide leather.
Also I'm just curious what other people use. I use 6 foot for most things (except for walks I use a custom 7 foot over-the-shoulder Biothane leash) but I am considering getting a 4 foot since it would be better for some things(like events) and I don't really have one that length. Besides the custom leash I mostly use 6 foot leather leashes that are very skinny, maybe 3/8"?


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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 12:11 AM
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I got a 6' with a short handle right next to the snap - GREAT leash as it is very much easier to coontrol my dog with the handle in close traffic; but I can let him wander a bit when we can. And the 6' length is great for practicing his formal obedience.
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I prefer the 4ft. I don't like having a lot of extra slack and never let Sage get out away from me in crowds so prefer 4ft or less when out in public

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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 03:11 AM
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I chose none of the above. I think it depends on the dog and the situation. Dakota's leash is just over 1 foot. It is this way because he chew through two leashes (within a matter of seconds) and because he walks rather slow most of the time so slack isn't needed. Ditto's leash is probably 6 feet long ( I'm not measuring, this is a good estimate) it is good for running and for general walks. Daisy's is probably about 5 feet long and is good for general walks and OKAY for walking. In the future, if I can afford to do so, I'd like to have a long leash/lead (7 foot) for times when a leash isn't 100% necessary but I still dont quite trust the dog, such as on trails perhaps, a 5 foot for general neighborhood walking, and a short one for walking through crowds for each dog. When I take Ditto in crowds I use Dakota's leash and it provides great control.

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I like the 4 ft leash. I don't like Ozzy being way out in front of me. A little bit ahead is fine, but I don't like him being 5 feet ahead.

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i voted equally as good. when your dog is trained
to heel what difference does it make? you can loop
a 6', 7', 8', etc. leash and make it half it's length,
you can fold it down or slide your hand down the leash
to take away some of it's length.
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I've been using a 3 foot leash that's been really good considering we are still working on the whole "walking on the lead" thing. I have a 6 foot as well, which I plan to use once Juno gets a bit more coordinated on her lead.
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I prefer four foot for running and for walking in public. Only use the six foot for walks if we are out on the back roads with no people.

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I use a 3' as my trial lead (can't stand extra lead bunched up in my hand or lead hanging down) and 6' for multi-purpose. DH prefers 6-8' for jogging the dogs. In a crowded area I'd use my 3' to walk a dog.
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We use 3 foot leads most of the time, we have a dozen 6 ft leads around but almost never use them.
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