Big Lil pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
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Here in Portland, they are defacto illegal, as we have very strict leash laws and the length limit on leashes is 6 feet.
Still people use them all the time, mostly on smaller dogs. When the leash is extended, the dog walker has virtually no control over their dog. Perhaps they would be appropriate in an open area, but they have absolutely no place on a sidewalk, crowded or not. Our youngest weighs in at over 85 lb. and is as strong as an ox. I want him under my absolute control at all times when in public. In fact, if I know I am going to be in a crowd, I put him on his 4 foot leash with a locking carabiner type clip. If it gets really crowded (like at a street fair) I put him on heel. He is never off leash in public.
So... in my opinion, retractable leashes cause way more problems than they potentially
solve. I would never use one on either McCoy or The Sheriff.
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