Seven Reasons Not To Buy A Retractable Leash
Retractable leashes put your dogs at risk.
One of our customers wasn't paying close attention to her dogs and didn't notice them walking into an elevator. The door closed and the dogs went up. By the time the elevator reached the fifth floor, the leashes broke. When the dogs finally got down to ground level again, they were fine, but the owner wasn't. She was crying hysterically. She vows to never put her dogs in danger again by using a retractable leash close to a dangerous area such as an elevator or a busy street.
They give you a clear lack of control.
Veterinarians will tell you that retractable leashes provide a clear lack of control. Owners of badly behaved or over-stimulated dogs can leap far away from their owners and attack people or other dogs. This happens in vets offices where other animals are present or while walking your dog.
They are a training hazard.
Retractable leashes also allow your dog to walk ahead of you, making your dog in control. With a retractable leash, you have no way to correct your dog's bad behavior. Dogs attack other dogs, run in front of cars, and create all types of havoc on a retractable leash.
They are a danger to others.
More than one person has tripped over the long retractable leash while walking a dog, or while passing someone else who is walking a dog.
They are a danger to dogs.
Coyotes love dogs on retractable leashes, it keeps the dogs close to them, not the owners, and it only takes one second for tragedy to strike
You can't use a coupler with a retractable leash.
If you try to use a coupler, you have no control of two dogs. More importantly, these leashes have weight limits and the second dog could take it over that limit and snap.
They are not safe for children.
The scariest is to see a little kid walking a dog on a retractable leash. They don't have the life experience to understand all that can happen when a dog is that far away from them with all of the obstacles that can occur.
The leashes are unreliable.
We’ve never found a retractable leash that didn’t click and stick or unspool suddenly at the exact wrong time (like when a stray cat crosses your path and an oncoming car has to slam on the brakes to spare your dog’s life). Sticky situations like this serve to illustrate how the “canine lunge line” can serve to thoroughly foul up your control over the animal.
What To Do?
At Keep Doggie Safe, we recommend that you use a standard leash. We are open to feedback, so if you disagree and love retractable leashes, let us know. But tell us how you overcome the reasons above to have a satisfying experience with your dog.