What size leash should I choose?
We offer 2 main leash sizes, 4 foot and 6 foot. Both have their advantages but it really comes down to your dog, the environment you walk them in, and your personal preference. In short, 6 foot leashes are the more traditional length and better for dogs who spend more time on-leash and don't have the tendency to pull. 4 foot leashes are good for dogs who spend a lot of time off-leash and just on leash while getting to and from the trailhead.
4 foot leash
Sometimes referred to as a "city leash" or a short-walker leash, 4 foot leashes are on the short end of a dog leash. Generally people who walk in busy areas, near roadways, or in any environment where they'd like to keep their dog close to them prefer a shorter leash. It's also easier if you have a puller who's harder to manage on leash. For us, we prefer the 4 foot leash most of the time because we like to have our dogs close and controlled until we get to the trailhead where we then let them off leash to run and explore at their will. They also take up less room in your pack or easily and comfortably sling over one shoulder for easy access when your dog is off leash.
Cons of the 4 foot leash are that the dog doesn't have much room to sniff, explore, and wander while on-leash, meaning he may pull you around this way and that. The shorter leash also doesn't leave much spare room to tie your dog up while you run into your local coffee shop.
6 foot leash
The 6 foot leash is a more standard length of leash, allowing your dog space to zig zag about, sniff on this, pee on that, and just do dog stuff while still on lead. It's also the ideal length if you want to tether them up (and super easy and secure with the locking carabiner on our leashes.)
Cons include having to choke up on the leash when needing more control in busy areas or with dogs who get distracted easily (a good tip is tying an overhand knot on a bite in the middle of the leash, and using an extra carabiner to clip the handle to the bite in the middle of the leash if you want to shorten it on the fly.) Other cons are it being bulkier in your pack, and not as comfortable to wear yourself (Miss America style) while the pupper is off leash.