Dog Long Lines

We use and sell a lot of long lines, we have over a dozen different types and they vary between different lengths widths and materials, all fill different roles of course.

So, you can bet, people ask which Long Line and why, a lot.

First, I wanted to cover some facts because some people try to fool their customers into believing that there are lines that are so special, they will not cause friction burns to your skin.

This is completely untrue, I always avoid companies like this.

Fact: All lines will cause a burn if they run across your skin. The only line that will not burn would be a line that has a zero coefficient of friction.

In other words a line that was so slippery, you could not hold it still even if a tiny amount of force was applied.

It would be like trying to hold a wet ice cube with wet hands.

Therefore, if there was a long line that had no friction, it would be useless.

Long Lines

There are also lines that have a very high coefficient of friction, such as the world-famous USA made Gripper lines that we distribute here in Australia.

These lines have a rubber raised stitching to enable the person holding the line to have increased grip, to help prevent the line slipping through their hands if their dog pulls or lunges, or perhaps the line is wet.

Each line has its merits and the correct use and choice of line will see you train and handle with no problem.

If you hold any line, or rope, with a loose grip and your dog takes off at speed, causing the line to run through your hand, you will get a burn.

So now the facts are clear, we can get on with more advice on which line and why.

Long Lines

Length, width and material.

One of the more common dog sports which utilize a long line is tracking. When tracking, the standard length is 33ft or 10 meters.

In most tracking applications, there usually is not a lot of pressure put on the line in terms of restraint, so you don’t need a super heavy duty line.

I prefer a 10m by 16mm Syntek line for this type of work. It is light weight, perfect for all weather, can be dragged through the mud and dirt and washes clean, every time.

It also does not absorb any water so does not get heavier when wet.

It is not a web style material so I find that burs and small sticks don’t get stuck to it either.

I like to let this tracking line slide through my hand slowly when adjusting length so the Syntek works nice for me.

Another common use for the long line is off leash management and recall training. This is where the size of the dog and the size of the space your using may determine the length, width and material.

An example may be a puppy that is training in a small area, a lightweight syntek or even nylon line of 5 metres is usually all I would need.

Long Lines

A longer line may get tangled in a small area or may restrict the puppy from moving freely as the line may be heavy for a small puppy to drag.

As the dog get to adolescence, it may require a longer or wider line to give the owner more room to have the dog off leash and a wider piece of material has a higher coefficient of friction, i.e. easier to hold under pressure.

Restraint – Sometimes we back tie a dog and stimulate the dog to chase a tug or a sleeve whilst the wear a harness.

The dog will ideally get more and more powerful and lunge and pull hard into the line.

Long Lines

Most lines are not designed to take this level of shock loading. That is not to say they wont be able to handle it, it’s just that we don’t design long lines to attach a dog to a post and have him or her try and break them.

We actually stock a tie back line that is purpose made for this purpose. It is wide an made from material like seat belt webbing, which is designed for shock loading.

It is super heavy duty hardware attached that is also rated at higher than needed for dogs shock loading the line.

Long Lines


When teaching dogs to go forward and develop grips, often used in bite related sports such as the ring sports or IGP, we will often use a Bungy line.

The Bungy takes effort to stretch which increases the power the dog needs to put down to get to the target leg or sleeve.

This creates a mindset in the dog in which the dog tries harder than he or she normally would to access the sleeve, and this carries over to the work when the dog is not attached to the Bungy.

It is also great for building grips because when the dog grips the sleeve, there is a pulling force applied to the dogs harness that is constant, and this stimulates a harder grip.


The Syntek range that we have is by far the best line to be used in all weather situations. It is unaffected by water, salt, sand, dirt and grass. It can be exposed to very high levels of heat and low temps of cold and remain unaffected.

Our Nylon lines are treated so that they don’t absorb a lot of water but they do absorb some, meaning they will get heavier as they get wet.

Nylon and cotton lines left for a very long time in wet conditions will rot, but that is more misuse than fault.

Long Lines

The hardware

The snap and the method the lines are secured, be it rivet or stitching, determines the overall security and strength of the leash.

By studying the materials and testing we have learned the way to make our lines the most secure.

We often see people using rivets in products in such a way that severely weaken the strength of the product.

There is a lot more to creating a line that putting them together and as we have been making and selling leashes and lines for decades, trust those with experience.

So which one?

Well as you can see there are many variables, and if you still need some help, shoot us an email on or give us a call, weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 02 45 789 789.

The best news is that, we test all our products under very harsh tests and actually use the products as you will probably do, so we know they are perfect when used properly.

We supply most Government Departments, Military, Police and RAAF with lines so you can rest assured the quality is there.

If you end up with the wrong line, simply send it back for a refund or exchange, no questions asked!


About SteveK9Pro

Steve Courtney is a Nationally Accredited Canine Behaviour Specialist, Obedience Trainer, Law Enforcement Dog Trainer and ANKC Breeder. Steve has been training dogs all his life and in these articles he shares with you his experience...

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