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Signature K9 Braided Leather Leash Review

Responsible dog owners know they need to have their dogs on leashes when out and about. Many municipalities have leash laws, so in those places, leashes aren’t just a good idea, they’re necessary.

We all know that even the best-trained and most obedient dogs can sometimes have a “Squirrel!” moment during which they feel compelled by nature and a thousand generations of evolution to sprint away from you as fast as they can.

But perhaps more important is that leashes give us a surefire way to communicate with our dog, an essential part of training. Since communicating with your dog is essential, it makes sense to choose a tool for that communication-- in this case, a leash-- known for its durability and high quality.

Signature K9 makes leashes and other dog handling equipment. Its products are well made, durable, and designed for function by Matt Akenhead, who has been a dog trainer since the late twentieth century.

About Signature K9

Perhaps best known for its dog-related equipment for law enforcement and military applications, Signature K9 provides tools for dog training and handling that have been made and vetted by professionals.

And when you see a K9 police officer with his dog on a leash, the chances are pretty high that Signature K9 made the leash you’re looking at. It follows, then, that if it’s good enough for the cops, it will be more than adequate for you and your pup.

What We Like Best

  • Beveled edges for all-day hand comfort
  • Leather’s durability, strength, and sturdiness are hard to beat
  • Crafted in Pennsylvania by Amish leatherworkers
  • Battle-tested, literally

Especially for a dog handler like a K9 officer or military personnel involved with dogs, how the leash feels in one’s hand constitutes a big part of that leash’s success or failure. If you’re walking your dog a mile every day, you’re not going to hold that leash for more than a few minutes at a time.

If you’re handling a dog for hours on end, you want something that sits comfortably in your hand. A simple solution is the beveled edges of these leashes. We looked at several Signature K9 braided leather leashes, and they all had this feature. It’s simple and subtle, but it makes a big difference.

Humans have used leather for 400,000 years not because it looks nice or smells good (although it does both of those things) but because it’s solid. Properly cared for, leather lasts for years. You love your dog and want the best for him, so why wouldn’t you get something that will endure?

Finding American-made products sit high on the list of priorities for many people. Signature K9 leashes are made in Pennsylvania by the Amish. If you lived in a community that shunned technology, you’d get pretty good at making stuff, too. These leashes do not disappoint. You can tell how well made they are just holding them-- even before you clip one onto your dog’s collar.

Finally, there’s the military and law-enforcement endorsement. Soldiers have so much else to worry about since people-trying-to-kill-them is one of the daily concerns they have. Doing away with other worries can only make them better at paying attention to the big stuff, so many of them opt for Signature K9 leashes because they know the product works how it’s supposed to when it’s supposed to.

The Signature K9 Braided Leather Leash was named our picks for the Best Leather Dog Leash

What We Wish Was Different

  • Leather leashes cost a bit more than their nylon counterparts
  • If your dog is a leash-destroyer, they need a chain leash
  • Some people complain about the leather feel

There are lots of cheap leashes out there, and many of us opt for one of them to save a few dollars, but this can present a problem. Nylon, while pretty durable, does fray. After some time, nylon leashes can fail, and when that happens, you’ve got a dog on the loose. Leather is much sturdier, but it’s also costlier.

You will pay more for a Signature K9 braided leather leash than you would for a cheap nylon leash you get at the grocery store on the same aisle as bags of dog food. But isn’t your dog worth that? Back to the military’s dog handlers-- they choose quality over cost because of what’s at stake. However, the added cost may be more than you’re willing to bear.

While we’ve mentioned the durability of leather a few times, we all know about those dogs that chew their leashes to shreds. No leash made from fabric or organic materials will stand up to enough of that, so if your dog is one of those, leather may not be for you. Instead, you may want a chain leash, as that will be much more difficult for your dog to chew through.

Because the leash is a big, chunky piece of sturdy leather, some people don’t like the feel of it in their hands-- especially people with smaller hands, who tend to dislike the chunky feeling of a big, leather leash.

Wrapping Up

Finding the right gear for your dog-- whether for training or just daily walking-- is important. You need to be able to keep your dog safe by having a way to pull them out of harm’s way should that be necessary, and in training (and beyond), equipment helps you to communicate with your pup.

No matter the style of collar you choose to use, you need a quality leash-- one that brings durability to the table and will hold up under your dog’s doggiest of antics. Leather leashes are ideal, and the Signature K9 Braided Leather Leash (of which there are several varieties) covers these bases.

Your leather leash will be a part of your dog’s life for a while because it will last, and the classic good look of leather will keep you and your dog looking great whether you’re bomb-sniffing or headed to the dog park.

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