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I ordered both sizes not knowing which would be better for a newly adopted Amstaff. She's very strong and muscular, and pulls like a sled dog so I thought the larger one would be better/stronger. Wrong. The thinner one actually works better for corrections. Imagine a wire clothesline vs a towel around your neck; which would get your attention faster? I know that's not apples-to-apples, but you get the picture. She responds better to the thinner one. Also, these rope leads have a certain amount of "give" or stretch to them. The larger one stretches more so corrections aren't as effective. The construction appears to be good, no real problems yet. The faux leather (that's right, not real leather) tab that slides to keep it from coming off the head is large enough so it doesn't go through the ring. It doesn't stay in place when the rope stretches, so a couple stitches of thread can remedy that. Reflectiveness is good. Have used multiple times daily for two weeks to go potty and for training. No abrasions, fraying, or anything yet. Will update the review should I run into any issues. I can't seem to keep it up high on the neck but I don't think that's the product's fault. When she pulls, I would imagine any rope slip lead would slide down. Still working on it; maybe a poly kennel lead would be better. I recommend the smaller diameter lead for training. Sent the larger one back. Will order another small one to keep handy should this one prove to hold up.
This lead looked to be very well-made but I can't speak to its durability as I couldn't keep it. The leash was supposed to be 5' long (I really preferred 6'), but it actually measured out from dog's neck to end of leash close to 4' long. Even if you were to include the length going around the dog's neck, it STILL wasn't 5'. And anyway, that should not be included in the leash length figure! If it says it is a 5' leash, you expect your dog to be able to get 5' away from you.
The material is a little sticky so the slip ring does not slide well when the puppy stops pulling. Purpose of a slip lead is to tighten slightly when the puppy tugs or pulls away but release immediately when the puppy stops resisting. I have probably a dozen slip leads. This is my first one of this brand/material. None of my other leads stick.
This rope leash is about 3/8 inch in diameter. It has a piece of leather that you can slide to make the neck loop larger or smaller according to your dogs' head size. My dog is just transitioning from puppy to adolescent and still likes to grab the leash and tug on it. So far this leash is hardy enough to withstand this harsh treatment.