Long Lines in the Garden

When a new rescue dog first comes home, he/she often checks the boundaries of the new garden many times a day, learning about this new place and testing any possible routes out. During this period we highly recommend using a long line in the garden.

If the dog finds a possible escape route under, through or over the fence you are not going to be able to reach them and catch them even if you are always out there in the garden watching them. If you attach the long line to their harness whenever they go out initially (or even to collar if necessary) you can let the tail end of the line run free and you will still have enough length to step on the lead if you see them making an escape attempt.

The long lines shown here are …

10m green Biothane long line (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07F9WDNKJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )

20m black flat nylon tape long line (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Q1GXLZ9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Both work well and the biothane type of lead is very popular with adopters because it is water repellent and on wet days and in muddy conditions it does not get wet and heavy. There are other types of water repellent lines… Toozey Training Lead for Dogs, 5m / 10m / 15m Long Dog Training Lead with Hand Loop and Mesh Bag, Waterproof Training Leads for Large to Small Dogs, Robust Dog Leash set (15m, Yellow): Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen & Home

There are also biothane ones with removable handles which can be useful if the dog often trails the lead on walks, it prevents it becoming snagged.

Please do consider a long line for keeping your dog safe in the garden initially and then of course it will be invaluable for walks for months to come before recall is well established.

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