Does your dog chew or grab his leash on walks? This is a common behaviour, but it can be dangerous if the leash is damaged. Here are five of the best chew proof dog leashes, along with tips for preventing chewing.
Walks become a daily battle. Leashes need to constantly be replaced. And there’s always the chance that your dog weakens the leash, causing it to snap when he pulls or jerks.
This is particularly common with cheap and thin nylon leashes – and may lead to dangerous situations. After all, the leash is often all that’s between your dog and a busy road.
Chewing can also be an issue if you take your dog to a restaurant, pub or cafe. It may only take a few minutes for a strong dog to chew through a leash, which can result in an embarrassing chase!
Fortunately, there are a number of highly durable leashes on the market. These aren’t all 100% chew proof – although some are – but they are thicker, stronger and more durable than the typical leash you find in a pet store.
Note: Leash chewing can sometimes be a sign of stress. A chew proof leash should only be a short-term solution while you address the root cause.
Durable nylon leash that’s a match for many chewers
If your dog is a mild or moderate chewer, the Dutchy Brand is a great choice. It’s much stronger than the average nylon leash, yet is still relatively lightweight and flexible. For heavy chewers, take a look at one of the metal leashes below.
Many leash manufacturers mention the words “strong,” “heavy duty” or “durable” in their marketing material. This doesn’t necessarily mean the leash is chew proof though.
In fact, only metal leashes can claim to be 100% chew proof or indestructible. Strong dogs can chew through almost any other material, including rope, hemp, nylon and leather.
There are, however, leather and nylon leashes that are much more durable than the average leash. Some are made with a thick nylon cord, while others are double-layered and have reinforced stitching. Instead of being easily shredded, these can withstand chewing for a relatively long time.
So, if you don’t like the style of metal chain leashes – I’m not a huge fan either – then there are plenty of alternatives.
To help you choose, I’ve listed five of my top recommendations for a chew proof leash below.
My top pick for a durable leash is the Dutchy Brand Heavy Duty Dog Leash. It’s a nylon leash, so it’s not completely chew proof, but is stronger and thicker than the average leash – without being stiff or cumbersome.
The Dutchy Brand is made with a double layer of thick nylon. It’s not indestructible, but can withstand a lot more chewing than the average leash. The nylon material also means it retains the flexible nature of a regular leash, which is a common complaint about cable or chain alternatives.
Aside from its thick nylon design, it comes with a padded handle to prevent friction burns and strong attachment points. It’s also available in several different colors and sizes.
Unfortunately, the dual layer design means it’s probably too heavy for a small dog breed. There is a single layer alternative, but it’s not as strong or chew resistant.
For medium or large dogs, however, the Dutchy Brand is an excellent leash that does a great job of withstanding moderate chewing.
If the Dutchy Brands Dog Leash isn’t strong enough to withstand your dog’s chewing, the BEEPAT Chew Proof Cable Leash is a step up in durability. Instead of nylon, it’s made with a stainless steel cable surrounded by plastic covering, so it’s a truly chew-proof leash.
The BAAPET Chew Proof is a middle-ground between chain, which are made with thick welded metal, and strong nylon leashes. It’s lighter than a chain, yet provides the durability and strength of a metal leash. Unlike chains, it’s also easy to wash, due to the transparent plastic coating.
One of the advantages of a cable is that it looks less intimidating than a chain. There are no welded links, so it doesn’t clank – something that can scare nervous dogs. The Chew Proof Leash also comes with a padded handle for easy grip and several colour schemes.
There are some drawbacks to this type of leash though. The stiffer design can make it awkward to handle compared with nylon alternatives, especially if your dog pulls. It’s also difficult to grip with a second hand, as the cable is thin and digs in if pulled.
For strong and persistent chewers, however, it could be an excellent choice.
Chain leashes provide the ultimate durability – and the Beirui Premium is one of the best options. It has a strong metal chain that discourages chewing, along with a foam handle and durable attachment points. It’s also available in several thicknesses and lengths.
The Beirui is an ultra-strong metal chain leash that can withstand chewing from any dog. It’s a good example of a truly unchewable leash. The chain links can also discourage chewing in the first place, as many dogs don’t enjoy biting metal.
Aside from its metal chain, the Beirui has a padded handle and is available in different chain sizes and lengths. It’s also reasonably lightweight – although it can’t match the convenience of a nylon leash.
There are several drawbacks though. Heavy duty metal chain leashes, almost by definition, are too heavy for small dogs. If you have a small breed who is a heavy chewer, go for the cable leash above. Gripping the chain with your second hand can also be uncomfortable.
Additionally, the appearance of chains aren’t for everyone. But if your dog is a heavy leash chewer and you don’t want a cable leash, the Beirui is a strong option until you teach your dog not to chew.
For mild or moderate chewing, the BAAPET Strong Rope Dog Leash is an option to consider. It’s made with rock climbing rope, so it’s highly durable, and has reflective threads for low-light conditions. It’s not completely chew-proof, but is much stronger than the average leash.
Rock climbing rope obviously needs to be strong, durable and dependable, so it’s an excellent material choice for a chew resistant dog leash. The BAAPET’s rope is ½” inch thick, providing plenty of strength and durability. It also provides more “give” than the average leash.
While this product isn’t going to hold up to long-term chewing from a strong dog, it can withstand moderate chewing for much longer than a typical nylon leash. Less aggressive chewers might not damage it at all. The rope design also makes it less stiff than a wire leash.
Additionally, the BAAPET has a padded handle to prevent rope burns and is available in a variety of colours.
This leash is designed for medium or large dog breeds though. It’s too heavy for small or toy breeds, due to the thickness of the rope. The plastic also has an unpleasant smell – especially when first unpacked.
The Max and Neo Rope Leash is another durable choice for medium or large breeds. It’s not 100% chew proof, but can withstand the chewing of most dogs. The manufacturer also donates a leash to a rescue centre for every one sold, which is a nice touch.
Like the BAAPET, the Max and Neo is made with ½” thick rope (nylon). It also has built-in reflective thread for low-light conditions and strong attachment points.
This leash won’t withstand the most aggressive chewing. But for medium or large dogs who occasionally grab or gnaw the leash, it’s a chew-resistant option that should last a long time.
Despite the excellent construction, there are a few issues with the Max and Neo. It’s too heavy for small dogs – although this is true for all thick rope leashes. I also think the handle is small, which could be an issue for people with large hands.
Even so, it’s an excellent leash – and it’s great to know that buying one directly helps rehoming shelters.
It’s difficult to find a truly chew proof retractable dog leash. Unbreakable leashes are usually made from either thick nylon or metal, which don’t work well with retractable designs.
There are also safety issues with retractable leashes. Dogs can build up a lot of momentum before they hit the end of the line, which can cause serious injuries to both you and your pet. There are also many stories of cords wrapping around fingers and causing amputation.
In addition to safety concerns, the bulky nature of retractable leashes can make them difficult to hold for long periods of time. They also provide less control of your dog – it’s hard to get him back if he’s at the end of the line – and are more likely to break if your dog jerks or sprints.
With that said, there are some situations when a retractable leash can be useful – especially for small dogs that don’t pull. Don’t expect the cords to be chew proof though.
The obvious answer is “it can resist chewing!” But there are a few other factors that make a great chew proof dog leash. Here’s a quick overview of what you should consider before buying.
There are several different materials used to make dog leashes. These range in “chew-proofability.” Some of the most common include:
To summarise, a metal chain or cable is probably the only option if you want a completely chew-proof dog leash – especially for strong dogs. For most dogs, however, a durable nylon or rope leash can do the job, whilst also being easier to walk with.
Tip: Does your dog chew his harness too? I’ve written a guide to the best chew-proof harnesses, which you can view here.
A high-quality attachment clip (for the dog collar or harness) is vital for keeping your dog safe. A leash is only as strong as its weakest component!
Plastic attachments are prone to break or snap. Fortunately, most modern leashes come with metal clips.
While trigger snap clips and bolt snap clips are both decent options for keeping your pet safe, carabiners with a locking clasp are the most secure.
There’s no point buying a strong and chew-proof leash if it’s uncomfortable to hold. Look for leashes with padded handles so the rope, chain or cord doesn’t dig into your hands.
It’s worth noting that foam handles are not chew proof – even if they are included with a chew proof harness. Your dog won’t be able to bite the handle when walking, but keep the leash out of reach at home.
If you have a small dog, it’s important to think about the weight of a leash before you buy.
Metal chains are usually the heaviest option. While a chain might not bother a big German Shepherd, it could be uncomfortably heavy for a small chihuahua. Ropes can also be heavy.
Some leashes can be bought in multiple thicknesses. For small breeds, you might need to sacrifice durability for a lightweight design.
You should also consider the length of a leash. Longer leashes provide more space for your dog to explore, but are heavier and can make it more difficult to control your pet.
Chew proof dog leashes are a useful short-term fix. They help keep your dog safe and may save money in replacement leashes.
Durable leashes don’t solve the problem though. Training your dog not to tug, bite or chew the leash should be the long-term goal.
Effective training starts by working out why your dog is biting the leash. Here are some of the most common reasons, along with tips for preventing chewing.
A walk is an exciting part of the day for a dog. While it’s great that he enjoys walking, sometimes this excitement can push the dog into an over-aroused state.
If the dog becomes over-aroused, he may redirect excess energy onto something else by chewing or mouthing. As the leash is always nearby and often satisfying to chew, it’s the obvious choice.
Tips for Preventing Biting Due to Over-Excitement:
Similarly to over-excitement, a frustrated dog may try to relieve stress by grabbing or tugging the leash.
Just being attached to a leash can also be frustrating for the dog. If he wants to explore, greet another dog, or just sniff a new scent, he may become agitated – and chewing the leash is one way to cope.
Keep in mind that discouraging chewing by using a chain, for example, won’t solve the underlying stress. You need to understand why your dog is stressed, otherwise these feelings may appear in a different way.
Tips for Preventing Biting Due to Stress:
Some dogs, especially playful puppies, see their leash as a toy. Instead of chewing, they’ll often grab the leash and shake it like a chew toy.
This behaviour is often accidentally reinforced by the dog owner. Trying to pull the leash away just makes the game more fun.
Instead, replace leash pulling with another fun – and more appropriate – activity. You could play a quick game of tug with a tough toy, for example. You should also avoid pulling back when the dog chews the leash.
Some dogs feel more comfortable and secure when they are carrying something. These dogs don’t tend to chew the leash, but just carry it in their mouth.
An easy way to solve this is to allow your dog to carry a chew toy on a walk. If he has something more appealing to chew, he probably won’t bite the leash.
Leash chewing and biting can be a frustrating problem. It can also be dangerous if your dog manages to weaken the leash.
The good news is there are many durable leashes on the market. These range from thick nylon ropes to metal chains.
For mild or moderate chewers who need a stronger leash, I recommend the Dutchy Brand Club Heavy Duty. It’s a strong nylon leash with a thick double layer. While it’s not completely indestructible, it’s much tougher than other leashes and is difficult for most dogs to damage.
For the most aggressive chewers, the BAAPET Chew Proof Cable Leash is a good option. It’s made with an ultra-strong stainless steel cable, so it’s almost impossible for any dog to chew through.
I hope this article has helped you choose the best chew proof dog leash for your pet. If you have any questions, please use the comments form below.