The differences between a tab and a tab are subtle.
People love their dogs like they love their children. Puppies, however, are generally not allowed to run through department stores and restaurants without tethers. In fact, in many cities, dogs must be on a leash. Anyone who has undergone dog training, however, has been told that dogs need to be on non-retractable leashes so owners can control them. The difference between a guide and a guide is partly semantics, partly attitude and very little else.
Dog trainers, breeders and serious owners consider themselves alpha beasts. “Where I go, my dog will follow” is the motto they seem to chant as they march around the perimeter of the park, Fido trotting obediently on his heels, just a little behind them. It is likely that these people do not like the idea of controlling their dogs, because it implies a certain shrewd disobedience on the part of the puppy.
CEOs, certain types of parents, and other human alphas would check leadership on a personality test that asked whether they prefer to march at the front of the line or stand behind someone else. The people who lead set the pace, control the climate, and make the decisions. Like anyone who is serious about being a dog person, this role should always be played by a human pack leader, and that person knows the difference between a leash and a leash.
Leash is a verb and a noun. As a noun, it names that rope-like object that acts as an umbilical cord between a playful mutt and the person of that dog. As a verb, it suggests a slightly out-of-control puppy and an owner even more so; after all, there is no other reason for the creature to be so tightly bound and bound. One difference between a leash and a leash is that people with dogs that jump on strangers usually use a leash.
There is another subtle difference between a guide and a guide, and that difference is a social one. The term lead suggests a better class of people, or at least a class of people who consider themselves more educated about dogs. It’s a little loud falutin’ and carries the whisper of a subtext: people who talk about collars just don’t understand. People who melt into a puddle of dog love when their little tarts want to lick them all over their faces are much more likely to prefer a homemade collar.