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10 reasons not to use a retractable leash

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    10 reasons not to use a retractable leash


    1. The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.
    2. In the above scenario, or one in which your pet is being approached by an aggressive dog, it is nearly impossible to get control of the situation if the need arises. It's much easier to regain control of or protect -- a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's 20 or so feet away at the end of what amounts to a thin string.
    3. The thin cord of a retractable leash can break especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. If a strong, good-sized dog takes off at full speed, the cord can snap. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the human at the other end.
    4. If a dog walker gets tangled up in the cord of a retractable leash, or grabs it in an attempt to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, and even amputation. In addition, many people have been pulled right off their feet by a dog that reaches the end of the leash and keeps going. This can result in bruises, "road rash," broken bones, and worse.
    5. Dogs have also received terrible injuries as a result of the sudden jerk on their neck that occurs when they run out the leash, including neck wounds, lacerated tracheas, and injuries to the spine.
    6. Retractable leashes allow dogs more freedom to pull at the end of them, which can look like aggression to another dog who may decide to "fight back."
    7. The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and can be easily pulled out of human hands, resulting in a runaway dog.
    8. Along those same lines, many dogs especially fearful ones are terrorized by the sound of a dropped retractable leash handle and may take off running, which is dangerous enough. To make matters worse, the object of the poor dog's fear is then "chasing" her, and if the leash is retracting as she runs, the handle is gaining ground on her she can't escape it. Even if this scenario ultimately ends without physical harm to the dog (or anyone else), it can create lingering fear in the dog not only of leashes, but also of being walked.
    9. Retractable leashes, like most retractable devices, have a tendency to malfunction over time, either refusing to extend, refusing to retract, or unspooling at will.
    10. Retractable leashes are an especially bad idea for dogs that haven't been trained to walk politely on a regular leash. By their very nature, retractables train dogs to pull while on leash, because they learn that pulling extends the lead.If your dog is well trained, gentle mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you.


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    I've used retractable leashes for training my puppies to come when called at the park, also used them in other areas where dogs weren't allowed to run free. I do agree it can be a problem with neck injuries, especially with a smaller or more delicate breeds. If I someday get a smaller breed, I'll probably still use the retractable leash for some things, but will use a harness with it.

    When I did use it, I was always aware of my surroundings, and working it often...making sure the dog was 'reeled in' when necessary. I always used the long and heavy duty models, the cord was not that thin.

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    I have never used one. But these sound like sensible things to be considered before using one. Some of the points you mentioned I hadn't even thought of before. So thanks Alpha.
    My first two thoughts when I ever saw one being used were -"That's not going to last long. If it were mine it would probably break down and not work properly very soon!"
    And the other thought was -a dog who needs a leash in the first place -or in an environment where a leash is necessary -could be well out of control when at such a great distance away.

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    I have two that I've had for years, they haven't malfunctioned or broke yet...but then again, once my dogs are reliable off-lead, I rarely use them except for special circumstances. Even at full length, you can pull the handle toward you, and reel in the slack until the dog is at your side...you still have a lot of control.

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    Never used one either a regular leash or nothing

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    Useful tips there. I have seen friends and neighbours use a leash on their puppies. I will definitely share this very insightful tips as to why they should not be used. Thank you.

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    I hate the retractable leads , people are so rude when walking their dogs . They don't show common courtesy they just let the dogs wonder wherever! And it irritates me when you are trying to train your dog to walk and their dog is all over the street and they just distract your dog and everything else. They won't even pull them back in. They are the ones who need to be trained to walk! Sorry to everyone who uses them, but if you are a responsible dog walker /owner the message isn't for you. But I doubt anyone on here is not a responsible owner. All of you are thank the Lord! Cause I see how you all care for your animals by the Forum. THANK ALL OF YOU

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    Right Tobi!

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