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    Today I had a very fortunate escape with Brutus. I was walking him with the other three dogs this afternoon when the metal clip of his lead just fell apart. He wasn't pulling or doing anything to put strain on the lead. He got about 5-10m away from me (towards a truck) before he responded to my frantic calls. Brutus is a rescue dog and still a compulsive car/ bike chaser at times even though he is less worked up than he was when I got him 4 years ago. I am just so lucky he came back to me and the lead didn't break a few seconds later.

    He was on a woven lead that he had with him from the shelter. It belonged to the old lady who originally owned him (he went to the shelter when she died) - so I am guessing it was 7-8 years old. Can anyone recommend a quality lead, or should they all be replaced every 5 years or so? We live about 2km from the coast so maybe the salt in the air rusts the metal parts quicker than they normally would.

    So - moral of the story for me is to keep the dogs under control as though they were not on a lead when out walking and not to give up on training because it does save dog's lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan Tones View Post
    I am just so lucky he came back to me and the lead didn't break a few seconds later.
    There is nothing lucky about good recall, Megan. It's all down to training! So well done on both of you.

    I've never had the metal bits of a lead break, I think. I currently mostly use the Pet & Coco leads: Rufus & Coco - Reflective Parking Lead. I wanted a lead that would take a bit longer to chew through as my old dog chewed through plenty of leads. And I leave my dog outside the shops very regularly, so it's handy for that. No moving parts either, so maybe they would last longer? I buy them at Woolies.

    Other than that I just buy the Purina ones from the supermarket, but I tend to lose them before they could possibly wear out...

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    I had one break like that recently, not a particularly expensive one as i recall, but we go to the beach every day so salt and sand are corrosive.

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    I had one - the plaited nylon rope with a plastic "knot" or joiner, and a metal clip - bust apart at the plastic bit.

    I mostly use horse lead ropes from equestrian supplies shops because they're strong and they are soft on my hands and my dog can play tug with it when I want to (training) - and doesn't chomp through it in three bites like the webbing ones.

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    i've got a braided material lead with standard SS clip that I've had since Jack was a pup, still going strong(7 years later). The clip got a bit seized up at one point from sand and grit from the beach but no rust at all and i can't see it ever breaking - a wash and some wd40 fixed the seizing issue. I can't remember how much i paid for it but it would have been $20 or so from the pet store(petstock). It has had so much salt water exposure i really am amazed at the lack of rusting, as even the best qualitiy scizzors we buy for fishing get rust patches very quickly(although it's only ever surface rust on the quality ones) ... i'm guessing you need to spend a few extra bucks and get a quality lead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    I mostly use horse lead ropes from equestrian supplies shops because they're strong and they are soft on my hands and my dog can play tug with it when I want to (training) - and doesn't chomp through it in three bites like the webbing ones.
    That's the same as i use. They only cost about ten dollars or so and i've had one for about 5 years or more.
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    Leashes break like that usually due to shock loading, most leashes have die cast chrome snaps that are cheap and fail easily under pressure.

    Look for leashes that have quality solid brass snaps, I would never use a cheap super market leash or similar it's just not worth the risk. I've had both cheap leashes and more expensive leashes break due to crappy snaps.

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    It really depends on how much you rely on your leash of course. Mine is only used for 'show' really. My dog doesn't strain on the leash and I don't have to worry about her bolting either. So I have no reason to go buy a heavy duty leash and cheap supermarket ones will do.

    I once walked a friend's JRT x though and came across a large herd of roos. My daughter accidentally clipped the leash onto his tag ring and it broke, so tiny dog chased big roos. In front of a group of Asian tourists trying to take holiday snaps. That was a classic leash mishap story.

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    Mine definately arent just for show these days.
    Bernie is slightly reactive to sledge type dogs now. Ive needed that lead on a couple of occasions lately. But we get this with this lad. He gets a bit silly occasionally. And we reverse what he's learnt again.
    Meanwhile. that leash is a work in progress. ONCE MORE! agggh

    I use a horse lead ropes. $8 horse land. and supermarket Safeway, does a cotton long one i like, so if i see one, i'll always grab them. And so far, they've always been available. I lose mine before they wear out.

    I like cotton because it doesnt burn my hand. Leather is too expensive to lose. I know my limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I once walked a friend's JRT x though and came across a large herd of roos. My daughter accidentally clipped the leash onto his tag ring and it broke, so tiny dog chased big roos. In front of a group of Asian tourists trying to take holiday snaps. That was a classic leash mishap story.
    Great story Beloz

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