Years from now our dogs will look back on 2019 and reminisce about the bungee leash. Something more elegant might be created by then.
But the bungee is the first major development to the dog leash since 1908 when the retractable leash was invented. Bungees, as you may know, are used to absorb the shock of a sudden pull, so in a dog leash, bungees act to lessen the effect of a dog's pull on you and on your dog.
But your dog should already be trained not to pull, so I would not put a bungee leash on your dog until he is trained to walk by your side. Once your dog is trained to heel, you may choose to use a bungee cord leash, but I would only use it occasionally, when you're walking in a park or on a trail - on a pleasure walk. This is because the bungee will teach your dog that he can pull.
Here are two highly recommended bungee leashes for medium to large dogs.
If you are interested in a good bungee leash, the SparklyPets Heavy Duty Rope/Bungee Leash is rated very high, especially for strong pullers. It comes in two parts: a rope leash and a bungee attachment.
The SparklyPets is a very sturdy leash, as its 5-year guarantee would suggest. It has two parts, a strong but smooth rope leash that is very comfortable for you to handle, and a bungee extension. The bungee segment attaches to your dog's collar or, hopefully, a no-pull harness. The bungee segment smartly includes a grip near the leash hook in case your need to stop your dog up close and personal....
The SparklyPets Heavy Duty Rope/Bungee Leash is very accommodating, and would be my choice of bungee leads.
Amazon customers are raving about the bungee leash, and some leashes attach to a special belt that you wear, so you can walk hands free. Sound too good to be true? Here's a nice wide, sturdy belt and bungee leash from Furry Buddy that you could well call the "Mercedes of bungee-belt leashes."
The Furry Buddy belt, which extends from 28 to 48 inches and the leash is flexible from 39 to 53.5 inches, including two intermittent padded neoprene handles (see above image) which you can grip when you need to put your pup on a tight rein.
The belt has three D-rings to attach up to three dogs, as well as waterproof pouches for treats, water, and yes, your keys and phone.
The Furry Buddy comes in black and gray with one leash or a double leash. It is recommended for medium and large dogs. One customer reports "This thing withstands the stress of 2 Rottweilers and a German Shepard at the same time," and while most reviews of the Furry Buddy tend to mirror this comment, some customers report that the leashes are not strong enough when their dogs pull. Again, I think this type of leash is good for dogs who are already trained to heel and pull only occasionally.
The Furry Buddy belt has reflective stripes and the leashes have reflective threading for night time walks. The belt and leash come with a 3-year warranty!
That's the buzz for today!