A slip lead works like a choke collar and will help with training the dog to walk on a loose leash. It also puts the owner in control rather than the dog.
One of the easiest ways to make an emergency slip lead is to loop the handle of the leash through itself and put it around the dog’s neck. The “clip” end of the leash will already be attached to the dog’s collar like normal.
This trick has come in handy more than once while I’ve been out with my mutt Ace and need extra control.
Just make sure your new slip lead is high on the dog’s neck and above his regular collar as Ace models in the photo. If it’s on the thick, low part of the dog’s neck it won’t do any good. Softly pulling up on the lead should be enough to control most dogs when they pull or lunge.
Some dogs just should not be walked on a buckle collar or harness. This doesn’t give the owner enough control, and many dogs can slip out of their collars or harnesses.
In addition to working as a training tool, the slip lead works as a safety. If the dog pulls through his harness or collar, the leash will still be attached on the slip-lead end. As long as you don’t drop the leash, you’re good to go!
Making a slip lead works best with thin, nylon leashes, but it works with just about any leash. Of course, you can buy cheap slip leads at many pet supplies stores.
What do you use for controlling your dog?