As a pet owner and professional dog walker, I’ve been thinking about my biggest dog product pet peeves. The latest to hit my list is retractable leashes.
Garrote or Leash?
Rectractables of all kinds can be dangerous for both humans and dogs. With their wire-like retractable lead, they can very easily wind around you, your pup, or a bystanders legs or other body parts. This has happened to me before, and let me tell you, its not fun. In fact, if you want to be TRULY horrified
, check out this
article with GRAPHIC pictures of flexi injuries written by Cassie Leigh Stock. It’s a little gross so be warned.
Another thing about retractable leashes, they break
. While this may not be an issue for smaller dogs, get a 50 pound dog running full speed away from you on a retractable and hit the end of the line and there is a good chance that it will snap. This very event has happened several times at Running the Pack, and is the number one reason we don’t use them whenever possible. Sadly, This tendency to malfunction ended in tragedy in this
story reported by ABC news, where a your girl walking her dog caught the recoiling spring of a Slydog brand retractable leash in the eye.
Flexi Leash Law Breaker?
Another aspect of the flexi leash to consider is that use of a flexi leash is illegal for walking dogs in many communities.
A quick search of Massdogs
leash law page show many communities including: Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Wellesley all have leash length requirements not met my a retractable leash. Should a dog be attacked or bitten while on leash, but failing to comply fully with these town regulations, an owner could be in hot water!
In the end, It’s best to stick to regular 6-foot nylon or leather leashes for your pup. We pro dog walkers really like a padded handle, but that’s all frill. Your hand will thank you, your dog walker will thank you, your dog will thank you because they will be safe and with an unmangled owner.