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I've got four dogs, 2 of which are reasonably good on their lead but do pull when they're excited, which is unfortunately 99 percent of the time! My chocolate labrador Pip is the worse for pulling even after years of attempted training, and she's amazingly strong, so much so that I have no choice other than to walk her seperateley from the others. My boyfriend can cope with all four of them but I really struggle as Pip is so strong and because she pulls, the others usually do too.
I had a really bad experience last year when I was walking Pip on her own. At the time I had a chain type lead and used it a lot with her as it seemed strong and sturdy, but unfortunetly it snapped after a few weeks. I think I nearly had a heart attack, but luckily I was able to grab the collar just before she had chance to run into the road. This was something that I worried about when choosing a new lead. I made sure I chose a strong, good quality lead as I was very worried - however I know that an incident like before is unlikely to happen again with this lead as it's very durable.
When I was searching for a new lead, I looked around a lot of different shops such as pets at home, but was pretty disgusted at what they charge for a lead; for a decent quality one, such as the ancol nylon lead, you're looking at a £4-£8 price tag. I decided to look around and finally got the new lead for a very reasonable £3.65 from a website that I regulary use for dog products; Pegasus Pets.
There was an option of colours, including blue, lilac, an army print one and green. I chose the blue as it's simple. The trigger hook is a shiny silver colour. The website states that the lead is nylon, durable and has a strong trigger hook (where you clip it on to the dogs collar). It also gives the measurements which was good as I could check that it wouldn't be too long or too short, and it's the perfect length in my opinion, it keeps my dog closely by my side but gives her enough space to trot along in front of me without me tripping over her!
I've had this lead since early 2011 now and it's in good condition. It's used daily and has no signs of wear or loose threads. The colour isn't fading and although it picks up mud easily it is easy to wash and doesn't stain. I am very suprised how strong and long lasting this lead is and it copes with Pip's strength extremely well and hasn't ripped or suffered any damage despite how much she pulls - and i'm talking about a 4 stone labrador. It doesn't stop her from pulling at all so if you want a lead that helps prevent pulling this isn't for you.
Holding the lead is comfortable and easy there's simply a loop like handle on the end. This is reasonably large and can be wrapped around my hand several times for extra safety - I like to have a good grip just in case. Clipping the lead on to the collar is as easy as any other lead. The clip is not stiff but it is a little worn and rusty, however it's still in tact and secure. Taking the lead off when in the field etc is easy, I simply press down on the release clasp and take it off. Carrying it around the field isn't a problem as it's lightweight and it is also waterproof so it doesn't absorb water - very handy. The fact the lead is nylon means it's easy to wash which is very handy and it does not hold unpleasant smells once washed like a lot of fabric/rope leads do.
Overall I'm very happy with the lead. It's strong, simple, washable and lightweight and is extremely durable - I have had it for almost a year and it hasn't broken or ripped under the strain of Pip pulling one way and me pulling the other!
I bought this Ancol Nylon Dog Lead when our dog mampi swift was a small puppy, he's a staffordshire bull terrier and I bought the lead to train him to walk beside me on the road to exercise him twice a day.
The leads cost from £4 -£7 depending on where you buy them from at Pet stores you will most likely pay nearer the £7 mark but I buy online these days as it's cheaper and more convenient to have things delivered to your door when you live rural like we do.
I paid £3.45 for a blue coloured lead that is 1m x 12mm in size. Which was a good size for a puppy and fits well now he's a lot bigger.
The leads can be bought in different colours and the online store I bought it from has them in red, blue and black. I prefer blue as it's my favorite colour. You can also pay a little extra for a bigger sized lead. I bought it from www.seapets.co.uk
The leads are made from nylon which is washable if you happen to get it muddy on your dog walks. There is a place to grip the handle at the top of the lead which is folded over and stitched really well and at the other end there is a metal clasp to clip onto the collar of the dog.
The clasp is easy to lift and you can just bend down and quickly release the clasp when your on common ground or in a field for the dog to run loose and when it's time to call him you can just clip the clasp to the collar and the dog is secure on the lead again.
I hang this up by the door so that mampi can see it as he sits by the door when he thinks it's time to go out, he has a routine of morning and evening walks and sits looking at the lead hanging on it's hook whilst he patiently waits for me to get the hint and take him out.
I like the protection a lead gives for a dog, he is securely attached so he can't run in the road or chase after a cat or bird that might grab his attention whilst we are walking.
I don't like to see dogs running lose as they can get hurt by cars, or other unsociable dogs, being on a lead shows others you are a responsible dog owner and his lead is colourful, well made and strong.
I'd be happy to recommend it to you.
When our German Shepherd was a puppy we got him a standard lead. We came across the Ancol Nylon Dog Lead in a pet shop but it was priced at £15.99 so we decided to pop home and see if we could find it any cheaper online. Luckily for us we found it on an eBay shop for £7.99 which was a bargain.
Whilst I had personally never heard of the Ancol pet range I found a good set of reviews for the brand whilst researching them so thought that it would be a good buy. The lead comes in 3 different colours - blue, black and red. We went for black. It also comes in three different lengths which are: 1.2 cm x 100 cm, 1.9 cm x 100 cm and 2.5 cm x 100 cm. We purchased the largest one even though we knew at the time it probably wouldn't last overly long as our pup being a German Shepherd was going to become fairly big.
The lead is nicely made from a strong looking nylon. It is looped at one end to enable you to hold it and then at the other end there is a silver clip made of zinc which you attach to your dogs collar. You can also purchase collars to match the leads from the same brand (which we did - I have to have things matching!).
I found the loop handle to be a good size and it was comfortable to hold. I could also fit my hand through the loop so that the loop was around my wrist and I could hold on to the actual body of the lead if that makes sense. It attached to Ben's collar nice and easily and the clip clipped up tightly as well as being secure.
After about 3 weeks use, I did notice that the lead become grubby and the nylon started to fray in places which was a little disappointing but more down to the fact that Ben used to like carrying it in his mouth so the mixture of his slobber and the nylon wasn't a good combination. After 5 weeks, Ben had just got too big for the lead and it wasn't strong enough to hold on to him so we had to get a new lead for him which would last longer. The lead didn't show any signs of breaking or anything to signal to use that it wasn't strong enough but I think as a dog owner you can just tell when it is getting to that point where the lead is a risk.
I highly recommend the lead for the first few weeks of puppyhood - it is a nice lead to train your dog to walk but if you have a working dog the size of a German Shepherd it will only last for those few weeks.
I do recommend it.
The lead I got for my dog is a blue Ancol nylon lead. The reason I got this lead was because it matched the collar that I wanted.
I had originally looked in Pets At Home and found all the leads and collars were too fancy and sparkly for my liking so I visited Partners Pets and found they had a much wider choice and variety. They offer all shapes and sizes as well as colours and styles.
I believe Ancol is the manufacturer of the lead and whilst I have never heard of them, there was a large Ancol range in the pet shop. The thing I liked about the Ancol range most, was you could pick and mix, so if you wanted a smaller, thinner collar you could match it with a thicker lead, or if you are really far out there you could have a different colour. I am a bit OCD when it comes to things like this and the lead I purchased needed to match the colour. So I bought the set.
The Ancol nylon lead comes in three colours, red, black and blue. You can however get different Ancol styles too, like leather and so on just like the collar range, there is a wide variety.
The Ancol lead comes in three different width / length styles and equally the cost matches the size, as shown below:
1.2 cm x 100 cm = £3.49
1.9 cm x 100 cm = £3.99
2.5 cm x 100 cm = £4.49
I currently own an Ancol lead, it is the small size, the 1.2 x 100 cm. I got this because when I got my puppy I thought it looked about the right size but now 10 weeks on my dog has tripled in and size, and I really should get a larger one.
Although this lead is sturdy and well designed I would say for a larger dog, you need a larger lead to take some of the strength of the dog.
Like the collar this lead does fray and look a bit tatty after a while, I think this is inventible with most products like this though, it is general wear and tear.
The lead has a loop for the handle and a clip on zinc lock for the lead to attach to the collar. The material is also sewn where is doubles over, so the handle is very sturdy as it is sewn together in a loop form. The loop for your hand is large but not too big, any hand could fit through it.
The reason I like it: It matches the dog collar.
The reason I don't like it: It looks grubby compared to his new collar.
In my view a lead is a lead, the majority of them are very similar if not the same in style and purpose. I liek this one because it matches the collar I got but it is good, it is durable and a nice colour. It is easy to clip to the collar and the loop handle is a good size.
Some leads can be pricey and glitzy but this is a standard lead at a reasonable price.