Traditionally speaking, long leashes are reserved for training. However, they’ve also got their place in hiking.
Most hikes will be marked “on-leash” or “off-leash”. Unfortunately some dogs haven’t been trained for off-leash hikes or they currently aren’t capable.
As an example, we have a 12-year old Boxer/Dalmatian mix that loves the outdoors, but is losing some of his vision and hearing. A long leash allows him a bit more freedom on the hike, while allowing me to still keep an eye on him.
We’ll talk about some more uses below, but for now, let’s take a look at our top picks.
Custom Brahma Lead by Bold Lead Designs
lynxking Check Cord Dog Lead Long
1. Bold Lead Designs Handcrafted Leashes
The leashes from Bold Lead Designs are handcrafted to make them functional and durable. You can choose any length from 4 feet to 50 feet to meet your needs. Each handcrafted leash is 1.5-inch in with for comfort when you are holding it.
This leash is made of nylon with webbing that enhances its strength and durability. You can choose from a selection of four sizes from a short 4-feet leash to a long 7-feet leash. You can also choose from nine accent colors.
2. Lynx King Check Cord
Are you looking a simple budget-friendly leash for your next hiking expedition? Lynx King Check Cord is a thin round cord designed with 15/30/50 feet long options. It is available in orange and camo finishes.
3. Palomine Lines Bioethane Leashes
Palomine Lines Bioethane Leashes are offered in a variety of widths, including 1/2-inch, 3/8-inch, and 5/8-inch to meet your hiking needs. They also come in multiple bright colors and multiple lengths, starting with a short 4-feet leash to a long 40-feet leash.
These TifFlex cords from GunDogSupplies are made of TufFlex, which is easy to clean and almost indestructible. They are available in 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch thicknesses. The longest cords are 30 feet, but you can also shop for shorter 4-feet leashes.
Note: If you’ve never heard of BioThane you can read about the material here.
4. K9 Sports Lines Bioethane Leashes
Bioethane is a material superior to leather in all aspects. These leashes are available in different widths, including 1/2-inch, 3/8-inch, and 5/8-inch. You can choose any length between 20 and 40 feet.
5. WilderDog Mariner Leash
These are 3/8-inch leashes designed for use in the toughest of environmental conditions. The leashes are available in 5 feet and 10 feet lengths for comfortable hiking. They are ideal for small as well as large dog breeds.
6. J&J Dog Supplies Bioethane Long Lines
These lines are available in 5/8, 3/8, and 3/4 inches widths. You can choose the 15 feet or 33 feet leash for your hiking. Since they are made of bioethane, which is artificial leather, they are easy to clean, and they last long.
7. Flexi Giant Tape Leash
Flexi Giant Tape Leash is available in multiple lengths and widths the most common being 16 and 26 feet leashes. The handle of the leash acts as the housing for the cord. Once you are done using, the cord retracts into the housing to stay safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are long leashes/leads/lines specifically for training?
A: The short answer is no. Long leashes were popularized with leash training younger dogs/pups years ago, but have evolved a lot since.
Q: What activities are best suited for long leashes?
A: Swimming and hiking.
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