Slip Leads for Dogs – Is a slip Lead a good choice for Your Dog?


In this post, Lindsay shares several reasons to use a slip leash and if it’s ideal for your dog. Then, Barbara reviews the new slip rope leash from Mighty Paw.

What is a slip lead?

Hi, it’s Lindsay! A slip lead is a basic leash that loops through itself (like a choke collar or slip collar). It creates a 2-in-1 leash/collar system but you can also just leave your dog’s normal collar on.

This type of leash is a good option for dogs that are trained but still need a few gentle reminders every now and then. For example, my old pet dog Ace knew how to heel and pay attention but he was still 70 pounds and overly interested in greeting other dogs or following his nose at times. (2020 update: Ace has passed away.)

Slip leads gently tighten under tension and swiftly loosen again once tension is gone. For this reason, it’s a terrific leash for obedience training and for walking a pet dog who already has some leash skills.

A slip lead was not optimal for my weimaraner pup Remy when he was younger. It would be too tight on his neck the whole time because he has no sense to stop pulling! But, the slip lead is best for dogs that have some training or are mild pullers.

See our post: how to stop my pet dog from pulling.

Reasons to consider a slip lead for your dog

Is a slip lead a good choice for you? here is some a lot more info on how a slip lead may help.

1. extra control while walking your dog.

A slip lead is a good option if you want a little a lot more control over your pet dog than the conventional buckle collar and leash you’re using. For a lot of dogs, a slip lead is not going to stop the pulling as much as a prong collar or gentle Leader would, but not all dogs need those types of tools.

2. valuable for training that involves off-leash work.

Sometimes you need a leash that can swiftly and easily slip on and off your pet dog such as during agility practice or competitions, field work, dock diving, etc.

A slip lead is a good option if you do any sort of off-leash exercise or adventures with your pet dog where you need to swiftly slip the leash on and off. For example, if you check out a pet dog beach or pet dog park often.

3. terrific for general obedience training.

Slip leads for dogs come in helpful for working on obedience like heeling, especially when walking in circular patterns (like an obedience class).

It’s not the best for outdoor power walks where you’re walking in a straight line (right, Remy?) unless your pet dog has some training already. It was a good choice for my senior pet dog Ace.

4. Safety.

The rescue I volunteer with uses slip leads for its dogs at adoption events to stop the dogs from slipping out of their regular collars. The reason a slip lead is safer for them is because it gently tightens around their necks under tension.

This prevents the dogs from inadvertently slipping out. believe me, this happens way too typically on normal collars.

5. It’s great for quickly leashing a loose dog.

Yes, you can swiftly slip this on your own dog, but it’s also valuable if you need to leash any other random pet dog you come across. It’s not always safe to reach down and get hold of a dog’s collar, not to mention fumbling around to clip a leash to the D-ring.

Sometimes it’s just quicker and safer to loop a slip lead around the pup’s neck. I know I’ve helped a couple of lost dogs get home and there was one little pet dog who tried to bite me if I reached for his collar. However, he wanted to remain close enough so I could’ve easily thrown a slip lead over him.

6. good for pet dog walkers/pet sitters to have on hand.

Sip leads are functional tools for pet dog walkers and pet sitters who work with a variety of pet dog breeds that differ in size a lot. It’s both convenient and economical to have a few slip leads on hand rather than investing in collars and leashes for different sized client dogs.

7. Fits nearly any dog.

The loop end that turns into a collar can be adjusted to fit nearly any dog’s neck, from a Shih-Tzu to a Boxer and terrific Dane!

8. much easier to slip over potentially aggressive or fearful dog.

Aggressive or fearful dogs can bite, especially when you’re getting too close to their head and neck area. It’s a lot less hazardous to leash them with a slip lead considering that it allows you to keep a healthy distance from their head.

9. good for vet techs, groomers, boarding kennels – easy to slip on.

That’s why slip leads are a terrific option for vet techs, groomers and staff at boarding kennels. lots of unsocialized dogs are fearful and display aggressive behavior once their owners are out of sight and the vet tech, groomer or boarding specialist have to manage them.

When you must not use a slip lead:

1. For puppies and tiny pet dog breeds. slip leads can put too much pressure on the growing spine and neck of a puppy, so they must only be used on adult dogs. The necks of tiny pet dog breeds like Rat Terriers and Chihuahuas are also too delicate for a slip lead.

2. For very hard pullers. If a pet dog pulls persistently, the slip lead will tighten to the point of being able to damage the dog’s trachea and spine. It’s a lot a lot more effective and safe to use a head collar or a prong collar in this case.

3. As a tie-out/unsupervised. This can be a twofold problem. If the stopper on the slip lead doesn’t work appropriately and loosens, the pet dog can easily maneuver his head out of the slip leash and escape.

On the other hand, if the stopper works properly, a slip leash can tighten without limit and injure the dog’s neck area severely. That’s because the pet dog can’t back out of it.

4. For dogs that chew leashes easily. That’s particularly true for thin slip collars that don’t offer a lot of resistance to figured out doggie teeth. The Mighty Paw slip leash is pretty thick and sturdy, but a strong chewer could still chew through it with determination.

Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash Review

That Mutt and Mighty Paw are partners and Mighty Paw recently released a brand new slip rope leash. Barbara is going to share her review of this product!

Hey everyone, Barbara here! I write for That Mutt regularly, and today I’d like to share my thoughts on Mighty Paw’s slip Rope Leash.

I’ve recently checked it with several of my pet dog walking clients as well as my own pet dog Wally and my roommate’s pet dog Lila. Wally is a 40 lb Feist mix and Lila is a 15 lb Pomeranian mix. The pet dog walking clients are 100 lb Mastiff Caymus, 75 lb lab mix Bailey, and 25 lb Beagle Maggie.

How the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash works

As Lindsay described in the first portion of this article, slip leashes are a particular type of leash that don’t clip to a collar. That being said, the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash loops through itself and creates a leash-collar combination.

Simply open the collar loop part large enough to fit your dog’s neck, then slip it over your dog’s head. You’ll want to position the collar loop part of the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash directly behind the dog’s ears for it to work appropriately and stop mild pulling.

The stopper is then pushed snugly up to the metal ring in buy to keep the collar loop part in place. It’s positioned appropriately once you’re able to fit two fingers under the collar part.

Putting the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash onto Wally

You must be able to fit two fingers under the collar part of the slip leash

Features of the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash

6 ft long, orange rope leash.
One-size-fits all. works with small, medium, and large dogs.
Easy and convenient leash-collar combination.
Strong and long lasting material. It’s constructed with 1/2 inch thick premium climber’s rope.
Weather resistant, light weight design.
Stops mild pulling.
Reflective threading. It’s weaved throughout the entire length of the rope and supplies safety when it’s dark outside.

15 lb Pomeranian mix Lila

25 lb Beagle Maggie

40 lb Feist mix Wally

75 lb lab mix Bailey

100 lb Mastiff Caymus

Great visibility in low-light

Pros of the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash

Climber’s rope is long lasting and sturdy.
The stopper does not step easily and keeps the loop collar part in place.
Visibility in low-light is exceptional with this slip leash.
The 6 ft length is best for walks and polite leash walking training sessions.
Can be rinsed off easily if it gets dirty.
Just $12.99 on Amazon and

Cons of the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash

Only comes in one size and one color.
The 1/2 inch width doesn’t make it a good fit for the delicate necks of tiny pet dog breeds.
Not for lungers and strong pullers.

Barbara’s final thoughts on the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash

I’ve been using the slip rope leash a lot lately, especially on my pet dog walking clients. It’s a functional walking tool I can use on 90% of my clients, which is why I keep it in my automobile in any way times now.

However, I can’t use this slip leash on a few select pet dog clients becausethey’re very strong pullers and have the tendency to lunge at other dogs. The tightening of the slip leash would put way too much pressure on their necks and spine and likely cause damage in those areas.

I also wouldn’t be able to fully control them with the slip rope leash. I walk dogs whose leash manners are that poor either on head collars or prong collars.

I’m a bit bummed that there’s no leather version of the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash, but that’s just a personal preference of mine. My favorite leash material is always going to be leather because it’s so soft on my hands yet very durable. I place a respectable amount of value on this because I walk lots of dogs every single day.

That being said, I recommend the Mighty Paw slip Rope Leash as a functional tool to have around for dogs who pull a little and as a backup leash in case the regular collar breaks. It retails for $12.99 and is available on the Mighty Paw web site and on Amazon.

Do any of you like a slip leash?

Let us know in the comments!

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