Retractable Leashes: Love Them or Loathe Them?

keendog essentials puppy raising walking Apr 30, 2024
Woman playing fetch with a Golden Retriever using a retractable leash

Retractable leashes often spark a debate among dog owners. While many are quick to express their disdain for these tools, we're here to shed light on their benefits when used appropriately!

Here are a few instances where flexi leashes, as we often call them, are our go-to tool:

  1. Teaching the cooperative game of fetch: Flexi leashes provide the perfect length for playing fetch with your dog, allowing them to chase after the ball and bring it back with more room to run after it, and use it in an easy way to guide them back to you.

  2. For puppies: Flexi leashes serve as a quick leash and collar combo for young pups, providing them with more room to explore and get accustomed to leash pressure when first introduced to walking on a leash.

  3. For hiking: Before off-leash reliability is established, flexi leashes provide dogs more freedom to explore the outdoors while still being safely leashed to their owners.

  4. For recall training: Flexi leashes are great for various recall games and when introducing the e-collar for recalls. They allow you to vary the distance your dog is away from you while limiting the use of the leash to a minimum.

However, there are times when using a retractable leash may not be appropriate:

  1. For walks with reactive or pulling dogs: If your dog tends to react negatively to other dogs or pulls excessively on the leash, a retractable leash will not provide enough control in these situations.

  2. In tight spaces like a vet's office: Retractable leashes can be cumbersome in small spaces, making it difficult to maneuver your dog during vet visits or other indoor settings.

  3. For meeting other dogs or people: Flexi leashes can make it challenging to control your dog's interactions with other dogs or people (cue a not so fun game of twister with the leashes getting tangled up), potentially leading to unwanted behaviors or conflicts.

  4. If a person lacks dog sense: Using a retractable leash requires awareness and control from the handler. If someone is not experienced or attentive enough, it's best to stick with a traditional leash.

So, what side are you on? Hopefully, after reading this post, you may be more open to the benefits of retractable leashes!



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