Safety & Care Of Your Dog Leads & Collars

Care Instructions – Here are some guidance and care notes for your leads and collars. A handy page to read before you place your order.

Long Lines / Training Lines – Some safety considerations for longer dog leads

Choice of length – With regard to safety, consider if you will be able to hold your dog when s/he runs to the end of your lead and do not use a head collar. This is because if your dog is likely to run to the end of the lead, s/he will probably get a sharp jolt and there is a risk of injury.

Safety and care of your leads and collars

Brass or Nickel fittings? – What do you chose? Leads with brass fittings can be hung outdoors or used in the wet without drying and still work nicely. We only use the finest solid brass fittings. Our trigger hooks are solid brass and our O rings are solid brass Harness Rings.

Care instructions for nickel trigger hooks – try not to leave them wet otherwise they will seize up. Nickel trigger hooks are oiled and checked before they leave me and you should oil them every now and then too, if you get them dirty, they will not continue to work properly. Unfortunately we cannot replace nickel triggers after 6 months due to the abuse they can receive which can lead to them seizing up.

Double up – this means that you will be able to use the lead at half its’ length, so for example a 2 metre lead can be used at 1 metre.

Washing – customers have reported that our leads can be washed although I have never tried, I just replace them. They apparently come up great when washed by hand in warm soapy water and allowed to dry naturally.

Tangling – Consider the areas where you use your line and ask yourself if your dog is likely to get tangled around anything?

Use as a trailing lead – Only let your dogs’ lead trail behind him / her when you are:

  • sure you have a recall any way
  • sure s/he wont get tangled
  • sure s/he won’t run off and get lost AND tangled (hence stuck and unable to move)
  • just using as a fail safe when your dog maybe doesn’t like to be caught at the end of a walk in a safe area

Use with other equipment – as stated above we strongly recommend that you DO NOT use a long line with a head collar because of the potential jarring effect on the dogs neck when s/he runs to the end of the lead. Use your own judgement if you think your dog is calm enough for this not to cause injury. A properly fitted harness is a good solution and better alternative to a collar. Any jarring will be absorbed by the dogs body rather than neck with a collar or head collar.

What to expect regarding how long your lead should last

You can expect a few years use out of any of our products, but if we should fail your expectations or you have a quality issue with one of our products then please call Sarah on 01522 810150 or email sarah@megheathdogleads.co.uk and I will do every thing I can to make sure that any problems you have experienced reach an amicable solution.