What’s the best leash for a golden retriever puppy?

If you have recently bought a new puppy and taken them out for a walk then you would know how scary this can be for the first time.

Not only that but there is also the constant problem with pulling which is easy to handle at first, but once your pup gets big it can become a whole different story.

Lucky for you there are a few leashes that help to reduce pulling and also allow you to still go for a morning jog or bike ride if that’s what you wish.

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Inside of this post, I will be going over the best leash for golden retriever puppy pulling that you can find listed on Amazon as of today.

But before we get down to business, here are a few dog collars to check out now:

3 Best Golden Retriever Leashes for Pups!

Is your puppy pulling?

In the earliest stages, you will find that your puppy is always pulling. And to a certain extent that is totally fine. What you don’t want is them to be pulling you down the road whilst you struggle to keep up, as that is a problem that will need to be fixed.

As I know there is a mix of you that come and read these posts, I decided to cater to both parties and present both options for you here in this post. The first option being how you can fix the issue of your dog pulling so that you do not have to be dragged down the road for a walk.

And the second being that I will also list out the best leashes for those of you who like to go out for a run every so often too. So first let’s tackle pulling and how you can stop it.

How to deal with pulling problems

There are great ways to stop your puppy from pulling on the leash that will require you to train your puppy to obey commands. There are many ways you can do this whilst out on a walk that include commands such as sit, stay, heel or let’s go. This will help your puppy to start understanding what you are asking of them to do.

You should always reward them with a few treats when they follow the right instructions do that your pup can make a good connection with the command. If you find that your puppy is scared to go out for a walk then it may be best to place some treats along the way so that they know good times are coming ahead. Here’s a video explaining this in a simple and easy way to understand:

Training your puppy

As you can see from the video there are many ways that you can help your puppy to start following commands when walking. If you find that you need some more information on walking your pup. Brain training for dogs is a great online program that I recommend as a start. It covers dog obedience training for puppies and also gives you access to a professional trainer too.

I’ve also written a review on the program as I believe it’s essential for puppies to get started with, as later down the road you could end up regretting it, big time! If you want to read a little more on the program to see if it’s for you, then check out my complete review for more details.

What’s the best leash for golden retriever puppy pulling

The simplest way to avoid your puppy pulling is not actually used a leash but instead, use a dog harness. The difference is highly noticeable as you will find that a harness will provide you more support and strength to hold your dog whilst they tug. There are also harnesses that are specifically designed to help avoid tugging on long walks.

When you are taking your puppy out for a walk the first few times you may notice that they do not walk for very long before becoming tired. That’s because puppies can only walk a certain amount of distance when young and it’s super important for you to know how much.

How long should your puppy be walking for?

According to The Kennel Club, you can walk a dog for around 5 minutes for each month of their age. So that means if your puppy is only 1 month old then you should be walking them for 5 minutes max. However, if your puppy is 2 months old then that would mean a 10-minute walk.

And 3 months is equal to 15 minutes walk, so on and so forth. As this can get a little confusing I have decided to place the details all into an easy to understand chart for you below:


Age (monthsTime (minutes)

Now that you know exactly how to deal with your dog’s behavior and how long you should be walking them for. It’s time to dig into the main reason that you came to read this post, which is dog leashes.

So in the following section, we will go over the best dog leashes for golden retriever puppies.

Each of the leashes I mention will be also linked to an Amazon listing of where you can read more information on the product as well as purchase it on Amazon.

Without any further ado, I give you the best leashes on the market.

1. SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash

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The first thing that makes this leash so good is the fact that it has a 2 in 1 option. So that means that you can use this to go out running or bike riding or you can also use it a normal leash for a walk down the street.

This leash is mainly made for medium to larger sized dogs and so this may not be a good option for smaller dogs that are under 3 months. But if your puppy is older than that then this should be a great option.

The buckle is made of tough plastic and the handle is made from steel so you can be sure that you will have a strong grip on your puppy at all times. The buckle is made of tough plastic and the handle is made from steel so you can be sure that you will have a strong grip on your puppy at all times.

The design of this leash is made with easy grip handles and the actual leash is made from bungee rope so it can stretch and contract in again giving you full flexibility when walking. Heres an image of the handle from the leash:

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If I had to give a negative about this leash, then it would be the fact that the buckle is made from plastic. So whilst it has good reviews for the strength of the products. Based on my experience plastic buckles do not last long. Again you will have to try this for yourself as when you are using this on a small puppy then it may last for as long as you need it to.

On the upside, though I would say that this is an overall good leash and the reviews back it up too. In fact, this product has recently made it up to Amazon choice product selection. So that means customer service and the product has been performing great over the past few months.


2. Rehoming Adjustable Pet Collar with Matching Leash

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This leash is built to fit all sizes of dogs. So that means whether you have a big huge puppy or a small little cute puppy, then this leash will be sure to fit them. The materials that are used for this leash are good too as the collar is made from nylon and the clip for the leash is made from metal.

Although this leash looks very weak it is, in fact, the complete opposite. This came up as one of the strongest leash and collars I have tested and it’s an easy leash to put on and take off. If you read my post about dog harnesses then you would know that I had so much trouble trying to put them onto my dog.

Firstly because she doesn’t stop moving when I am trying to put them on and secondly because they are so dang difficult. But this is not the case with this leash as it has a very simple and easy design that will put up no problems to you at all.



Again if I had to give any downside to this product then it would be the fact that the buckle is made from plastic. But you may find that this is ok for a puppy as around 95% of leashes for puppies have plastic buckles. When it comes to manufacturing a company wants to get the job done whilst spending the least amount of cash.

Puppies are not yet too strong then plastic is ok for the majority. This means that companies will make plastic buckles as it’s cheap and gets the job done in order to save money whilst still giving the best possible product to the market. That’s why you will find metal buckled leashes to be way more expensive as they are costing the company much more to make. Just a quick tip for you there!  


You can also get a harness to match the design too which is great for if you want to then move onto a harness later. I would say that this is a good leash for most puppies whether big or small and the overall strength of this leash is good too.


3. Peteast Double Dog Leash, Heavy Duty Dual Dog Leash


I think this leash should have been at the top of the list. But this is not in order of best to worst, so you can choose which is best after reading this. One of my favorite parts about this leash was the fact that it has a foam handle and metal buckle and hooks.

So that means that you do not have to worry about the collar or leash being weak as it is made from strong durable materials. Another good part of this leash is that it has a dual mechanism design that it has been made with. Here is an image to explain this better:



So as you can see the leash is also shockproof which means that if your puppy suddenly tugs on the leash then you will not be dragged forward. This is because the elastic part fo the leash will absorb the shock and allow you to smoothly pull back on the leash without causing any damage to your dog too.

It’s a great smart design that I think will become more used by other manufacturers in the near future. All of the materials on the leash is made from reinforced stitching which means that it is built to last. You can be sure that this will last for a while as the design has been made to be strong and durable to withstand time and wear and tear.


If I had to give this product a rating then it would be 10/10. Because of how well designed it is and all of the functions it has too. You can not only use this as a normal leash but you can also use this as a dual leash.

That means if you have 2 dogs then this will still be a good leash as it caters to you having 2 dogs on one leash that can also be different sizes.


4. Pet Dreamland Hands-Free Dog Leash


Last but definitely not least I have the Pet dreamland bungee leash. As you can see from all of the leashes in this review, bungee leashes have recently become a new thing.

A great deal or promotion that this company is currently running is that you get 30% off their poop bags with any product that you buy from them. Not that poop bags are something you get excited about buying but its always nice to get a discount somewhere.

Again this leash is good for those of you that love to run or jog and its even god for anyone who is suffering from back or shoulder pains. This is because the design has been made to be shockproof which can reduce the amount of tug you feel in the leash too.

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This is a nice lightweight leash that is made to fit all with heavy-duty buckles and rings too. The waist belt is adjustable and can go from 27” to 48” so I’m sure if your jogging and need to take this leash, then you should have no problems at all.

The only downside I can say to this leash is that the 27 inches came up a little larger than expected. But apart from that, this is a great buy and you shouldn’t just take my words for it.


I really liked this comparison from the company sales page as this is some of the most common parts of a collars & leash that breaks. If your a person that likes to take a walk late at night then this leash has got that covered too. The leash is reflective on both sides so that cars and others can see you clearly in the night.

The rings are made from metal and so is the hook too, which makes this product a winner for me right of the bat. On the sales page, you will see some information about the backstory of the brand too which I found very interesting and different.



Finding the best leash for a golden retriever puppy can be a whole day’s work. That’s why I did all the hard work and went out to test the best leashes for puppies on the market so you don’t have to. This post goes through exactly how you can fix your puppies pulling habits and also what leashes you can use to reduce their pulling.

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Dig Doggy. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! Rachael also loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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