Ruffwear Makes The Best Dog Leash

By / March 14, 2016 / Gear

I recently came across the Ruffwear “Flat Out” Dog Leash, and have to say, it is the best dog leash I have ever personally come across. I do not own yet, but after getting to borrow one and use it myself, I fell in love with this leash (and have put in an order for one).

 

Ruffwear makes a lot of quality products, and even makes a variety of dog leashes, but their “Flat Out” model is the best dog leash I have come across. Here are some of the key features that make it stand out:

 

 

Talon Hook

The Talon Hook, when unhooked, allowing the Ruffwear leash to be a full 6 foot long.

The Talon Hook, shown unhooked, allowing the Ruffwear leash to be a full 6 foot long.

 

The Talon Hook is what really sets this leash apart from the rest, making this the best dog leash I have found.

The hook’s location is adjustable along the 6 foot length of the leash, and the very end of the leash’s handle attaches to the hook. This means you can easily create a closed loop at the end of the leash. Make a large loop that fits around your waist for jogging, or a smaller loop to wrap around a tree or post.

I do not recommend leaving any dog tied up unattended.

The use of this feature applies to  when I want to allow my dog some freedom without holding the leash in my hand. This includes tying the leash to my chair at a park or restaurant, or onto a tree that I am relaxing under. If you are camping and need to tie up your dog while you are setting up the tent, then again, this is a very useful leash. I could go on, but you get the idea.

These kinds of options provided by the Talon Hook are what make this leash extremely versatile, and thus the best dog leash I have found.

 

Talon Clip

 

Ruffwear's Talon Clip attaches to the dog's collar very easily.

Ruffwear’s Talon Clip attaches to the dog’s collar very easily.

 

The Talon Clip is durable, easy to use, and is a overall a great improvement over a standard leash’s hook shaped connector. Just squeeze it together and the clasp opens, release and it closes.

This ease  makes attaching the leash with one hand easy. If your dog gets excited and starts jumping around when you pick up the leash for a walk, then the Talon Clip will help you.

I could also see this being especially great for someone with arthritis or joint pain. Opening the clasp does not rely on pulling a little lever with the tips of your fingers, instead you can squeeze with your entire hand to attach the leash to your dog’s collar.

 

Accessory Loop

Ruffwear's Flat Out Leash has an Accessory Loop near the collar attachment, which also gives the option for more control of the dog when needed.

Ruffwear’s Flat Out Leash has an Accessory Loop near the collar attachment (Talon Clip), which also gives the option for more control of the dog when needed.

 

The Accessory Loop’s location on the Flat Out leash offers multiple uses. You can of course add an accessory, like a Poop Bag Holder (I already own this cheaper version), or a light, but I really like the control this gives you when needed.

When another dog approaches at the park or on the trail, I often want to keep my dog on a shorter leash than usual. Whether preventing leashes from tangling, or just making sure that my dog doesn’t playfully lunge at someone else’s dog that is afraid, I like to make sure my pet is under control. That is why this having this accessory loop close to the collar can be very useful.

Like so much else in life, this isn’t something I HAVE to have. This falls more into the category of: “I would rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”

 

Other

The Flat Out leash by Ruffwear is a well constructed 6 foot leash. It is solid nylon construction that is 1 inch wide, so it is solid enough for any dog. There is also some cushioning around the handle at the end, showing that Ruffwear has done everything they can to make this the best leash they can produce.

Ruffwear as a company also supports local animal non-profits. I heard about them because they donated equipment to help Rufftail RunnersRufftail Runners is a non-profit that works with local animal shelters to take dogs out on walks or runs. This helps the dogs emotionally by getting them out of the shelter, physically by getting them exercise, and training them on walks and runs helps the dogs be more adoptable. Ruffwear helps non-profit groups like this, and I think it is important to spread the word about good actions that help animals.

6 foot leashes are always better than extendable leashes in parks. I have seen many signs that ban leashes over 6 feet because longer leashes can cause problems. Longer leashes can get tangled in bushes (destroying nature), trip people, or even just prevent full control of your dog when needed. Extendable leashes can be great for taking your dog on a walk in your neighborhood, but know their downsides in other situations and have another leash available when needed.

 

Overall

The Flat Out model leash by Ruffwear is the best dog leash I have seen. I admit that $30 is a lot for a dog leash, and many people will find a standard $10 leash to be perfectly adequate.

When deciding how to spend my money, I always try to think about the total costs involved. If I know I will spend several hundred dollars per year on my dog (food, toys, equipment, veterinarian visits, etc), then spending an extra $20 on a leash is not crazy, especially if it actually enhances the time I spend with my dog.

Notice that “stylish” or “cool” never came up in my reasons why this is a good leash. I value functional traits.

  • I want a leash that is durable and offers more control.
  • I want a leash that makes things easier.
  • I want a leash that will encourage me to bring my dog along more often.

Ruffwear’s Flat Out Leash offers these traits, and that is why I wanted to share information about it.

 

For those willing to spend a little bit extra for high quality, I recommend considering the Ruffwear “Flat Out” Leash.

 

Functional versatility is what makes Ruffwear's Flat Out Leash the best dog leash I have come across.

Functional versatility is what makes Ruffwear’s Flat Out Leash the best dog leash I have come across.

 

 

UPDATE:

It came to my attention that I did not specifically mention that the Ruffwear “Flat Out” Dog Leash does NOT have a dedicated hand loop at the end, like most leashes. It is easy to make a hand loop by sliding the Talon Hook toward the end (see picture below), and the thicker padding at the end keeps it from ever sliding tighter around your wrist. I do not consider this a negative because there is still the Accessory Loop, which can be a dedicated hand loop, but I can see how some people might not want to deal with sliding the Talon Hook to different lengths.

I hope that helps clear up any confusion!

Thanks for reading!

 

The Ruffwear Leash does not have a dedicated hand loop, you must move the Talon Hook toward the end to make a small loop for your hand.

The Ruffwear Leash does not have a dedicated hand loop, you must move the Talon Hook toward the end to make a small loop for your hand.

 

 

 

 

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