Your dachshund likely loves to prance around town (especially when they’re feeling particularly well-dressed), strutting their stuff. And while it’s easy to get caught up in stylish accessories for your pup, a good leash is a necessary staple, especially for such an active breed. At Witzig, we’re big fans of bungee leashes, which have benefits for both pup and owner.
It seems safe to assume that your doxie means a whole lot to you, so their safety when out and about comes first. Though there are many options for types of leashes, we prefer materials that are durable so that your pup remains securely in your control. Retractable leashes, for example, use a very thin cord and have been known to deteriorate over time, creating a risk of the leash snapping while in use (dangerous for both you and your dox!), and some fixed-length leashes focus too much on cute patterns and designs rather than endurance. Made from American rubber, the cord in these bungee leashes is designed not to snap or fray.
Protects the spine
Whether they’re ambitiously darting after a squirrel or enthusiastically running towards a pup friend, dachshunds tend to chase after other creatures when out on walks (no matter how well behaved they are!). Because their spines are on the sensitive side, though, jolting on a leash to keep them close isn’t great for dachshunds’ backs. Unlike retractable or fixed leashes, bungee leashes absorb shock, reducing the strain on your pup’s neck and spine when they bolt off and jerk on the leash. An added bonus? The shock absorption works on both ends, meaning your arm & shoulder aren’t jolted around when your dachshund spots something exciting in the distance.
The same shock-absorption that helps to protect both you and your pup comes in handy for teaching your dachshund to be on their best behavior when on lead. The bungee cord provides some natural resistance, tugging back on your doxie when they try to pull away. Jolting them back gently, this resistance discourages pups from pulling on the leash, and as they realize that it’ll only continue to happen, they learn that it’s better for everyone when they stay at your pace.
And while you’re optimizing your walk equipment, you’ll want to make sure you’re clipping your leash onto a harness, rather than a collar, to avoid unnecessary strain on your doxie’s back and throat.