A leash is one of the most basic, functional objects you can buy for your dog. But the variety (and gimmickry) among this simple tool is so great, it’s hard to made heads and tails of it. Some leashes connect with a collar; others with a harness; others pull double duty as collar and leash, while a number incorporate moving parts into the process, with the resulting devices resembling something that could pull double duty in your toolbox.
Melissa Holbrook Pierson, whose book The Secret History of Kindness: Learning From How Dogs Learn will be out in May from W.W. Norton, offered up some cautionary advice. “The invisible leash — made from lots of training and trust — is sometimes best. But when not in wide open roadless tracts and more fiber is called for, just say no to a retractable leash. Their potential for disaster is limitless,” she said. What follows are 10 different leashes, one of which might be right for the canine in your life.