Stop using the Retractable Leash!


Stop using the Retractable Leash!

What is a Dog Leash? In one of my blog post on 26th June 2017, below are the extracts ...

"PUPS Bits - The leash should only be used to prevent your dog from running away. In Dog Training it's all about response training, aim to get the response from your dog than using leash pressure to steer your dog."

Let's have look at the purpose of the leash. 1. Keep your dog safe 2. Keep your dog restraint 3. Keep your dog close

However, when you look at the retractable leash, it usually comes with 3 Metres to 7 Metres in length and a single cord type which does not like a normal leash.

The 9 dangers of using retractable leash;

  1. Due to the length, it will not keep your dog safe and under control,

  2. If your dog gets spook he will cut across, can result in injury to both the dog and handler,

  3. Promote strong pullers as the retractable mechanism allow the dog to pull to get freedom,

  4. The thin cord can cause cut, skin burnt and amputation of fingers, hands etc,

  5. Some of the retractable leash handles is too bulky which result in loose control and runaway dog,

  6. As the retractable leash promote pulling, some dogs might appear to be aggressive, running towards another dog that might retaliate,

  7. When you drop the retractable leash holder, because it can create some loud noise, it may cause fearful dog to run even further,

  8. It will get tangled with other leashes due to the length and it can cause harm to your dog and people,

  9. The thin cord of the retractable might snap if you have a big dog and heavy puller,

In my own opinion, retractable leash is not suitable for dogs that have not get his walk under control. Having a dog learn how to walk properly, can goes a long way. You will have control and your walks will be enjoyable, fun and purposeful.

If you have no choice and want to utlize what you have, you will need to follow the below system;

  1. Start your walk with a short leash,

  2. Maintain the standard until you will reach your pit stop (where you may allow free roam on the retractable),

  3. Get your dog back on walking path and reset the retractable to a standard leash length,

  4. Maintain managable walks with standard leash lengths, while your dog will get his chance to roam at their pit stops.

Always remember to keep a short leash length while walking your dog on retractable.

For the safety of your dog, I suggest you leave the retractable leash to the experienced dog owners and dog walkers.

Have fun and stay positive.

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