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Thinking about buying a retractable leash? Take a look at the pros and cons before deciding to buy one of these!
I (personally) do not like retractable leashes. In my experiences they haven’t worked for me. I loved how they gave my dog more freedom.
But I didn’t like how my dog became a victim to another dog’s aggressive behavior due to being on a longer leash that allowed him that freedom.
Freedom (for me) came at a price that I am not willing to pay again.
Don’t worry, my boy is still alive because I was fortunately able to pull him back fast enough. But next time I might be so lucky.
These pros and cons might be able to help you decide on whether or not you want to use these leashes.
What is a retractable leash? A contraption with a long cord wound up around a spring device, covered with a plastic cover. They are suited to fit comfortably in a human’s hand.
Retractable leashes are more popular and trendy but I don’t think people realize just how big of a problem they can cause.
In 2007 there were 16,564 hospital-treated injuries associated with leashes. A majority of these injuries were sustained from using retractable leash then resulting in cuts, burns and even finger amputations.
Top THREE Reasons to Refrain from Buying a Retractable Leash
- Retractable leashes can pose serious injuries to your dog’s neck and spine. Next time they bolt after a rabbit and it jerks them back when they reach the end of the rope it can become a serious injury to his neck or even spine. Which will then result in an emergency vet visit, hefty bills, or even euthanasia.
- They often lead to burns, cuts and even amputations. The cord can get tangled up in the dogs legs, your legs, and even your fingers/hands.
- A majority of owners have no serious control over their dog when they use retractable leashes. A dog on a longer leash is more likely to get attacked by other dogs, get into trouble, or hit by a car than a dog on a standard six-foot flat leash.
Top THREE Reasons to Buy a Retractable Leash
- These leashes can be more flexible for owners and dogs who like more freedom when on long walks.
- The handles tend to be comfier than your regular leather, nylon, or cloth leashes.
- Retractable leashes can be a savior during bad weather. It’s pouring rain outside and your dog needs a potty break. They allow you to stand beneath a porch to seek shelter while your dog can venture out and do his business.
With what you read today, do you still want to purchase a retractable leash?