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Is the retractable dog leash safe?

When we go out with our dog, we can't always leave the dog leash. Recently I have seen many pet owners using retractable dog leashes, which looks really good.
Dogs can get more room for activities, but my friends told me that this kind of dog leash is a safety hazard.
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I don't like retractable leashes at all.
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I personally am not a fan of retractable leashes, I feel it its a safety hazard more than anything

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They're dangerous in most situations. Use a normal leash.

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Yes ...very dangerous with a large breed......my first doberman saw the newspaper man early one morning...took me surfing ......I was face down in the street gutter and was still hanging onto my 80lb pup........Dobes can pick up alot of speed when they are more than 6 feet away from you...........very tuff to slow them down.

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One thing that makes a retractable leash undesirable is that you cannot shorten it easily if you need to while you are walking. It will reel in when it is not under tension, but if your dog sees something he wants to investigate or chase after, all you have to grab to actually pull him closer to you is the skinny round cord. Even if you can keep him from pulling you off your feet, you won't be able to keep your grip on the cord and you'll end up with rope burn--if he is pulling hard to go after something, he will be basically unmanageable on the end of the long cord.

Leashes come in different lengths--15, 20, even 50 feet or more. It is much better to use a true flat long leash if you want to let your dog run and move freely but still be under your control.
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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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I have occasionally used one, but agree that they can be very dangerous. I find that people use them in inappropriate situations - like at the vets office. I'd be perfectly fine if they disappeared forever!
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I generally dislike them.
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Some of the agility trials ban them and for good reason. The problem is that the dog owners who generally use them don't have sense enough to realize that if the dog ducks around a corner the owner has NO clue what is happening out of sight. The flexi leashes don't offer good control of the dog. Think if an owner can't manage a 6' leash what happens when they're using a 20' leash.
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Genereally they are a safety hazard and can cause serious injuries to both humans and dogs, not to mention the associated drama that can happen when you've got no control over the dog.
In addition they are sort of counter-productive in that they teach your dog that pulling = more length/freedom. This is not a desirable behaviour when they are on a regular lead and can therefore have the unintended consequence that they end up pulling a lot more when not on a flexi.

I do think there is a time and place for flexis but 99% of pet owners do not use them appropriately in the right environment.
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I really don't like retractable leashes--as far as I'm concerned they are accidents waiting to happen.

A close friend of mine (who should have known better) used to use them extensively--she was pretty good about not letting her dogs out at the end of them in places where a lot of dogs and people were present (like dog shows) but the dog who took off after a small dog he obviously identified a "prey" cured her of thinking she was able to control a dog on a flexi--ultimately she grabbed the cord when she had managed to reel him in a bit and when he took off again she ended up with a very painful slice across the palm of her hand that took some fancy plastic surgery to fix.

I use regular leashes--of various lengths and I strongly recommend leather rather than a synthetic--they last forever (I have some that are 30 years old--rawhide)and are much easier on your hands than synthetics.

Personally I'd just as soon see retractable leashes banned entirely.

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No, no and no. I knew better and had one of our french bulldog's who is reactive to large dogs (unknown to her) become the "prey" for a hearding type dog. I had her by her harness...and then I didn't ,I grabbed the leash ( I had just told my husband how much I hate these and we needed to get them back on their normal leads)...almost sliced my finger clear through. They went in the trash..

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For just general walking, I'm not a fan. for nosework and tracking, however, they can be useful.


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I've never tried nosework but for tracking I have always used an AKC regulation 40 foot leash marked for length at 20 foot. I'd really hate to have any of my beginning trackers spaz out and stop tracking and start running after something--an 85 or 90 pound adult male can pull me down in no time flat.

I'll take a flat leash configuration any time in preference to those round strings that may be strong enough to not break but act like meat slicers.

(Yeah, I know that flexi makes a retractable with a flat retractable and I also all to many people who have had dogs break the assembly and had a loose dog on a fairgrounds where a dog show was in progress.

Ugh! Not for me thanks.

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I use a long line for Nosework - I just personally can't get the hang of a retractable and have a much easier time handling a simple long line. I use a 20 foot line for Nosework (and sometimes a shorter one for Sypha, because the crazy Bean sometimes needs to be reined in!). I also need to use a leather line for Sypha specifically because I need better grip with her, so a Flexi is absolutely not an option - I need to grip all along the length of it.
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Not everyone uses them, and the people I know of that do don't use them all the time. Lucy Newton will sometimes use a Flexi to see how well a dog is committing to a track without guidance from the handler, and I know of a few people who have dexterity issues that prefer a Flexi over trying to manage a long line with a fast dog on a container search.

Personally, the rare times we track these days, I use a 20 or 30 foot line, and my nose work line is 10 feet long.
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Aha! I found the blog post I was looking for about using a Flexi in nosework. https://www.countrysidedogsports.com...ds-in-nosework


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I'm in the minority on this one as I do like them... when used appropriately.

If we were going anywhere 'busy', like a store or an area with lots of people and/or traffic, I would not use them. But for a stroll about the neighborhood (I live in a pin prick of a rural town), I would. If there was anyone approaching us, be it human, animal, or vehicle, they were heeled right next to us with the leashes locked. We only used the ones with the flat tape leash, too, not the string one.

They can be used responsibly, but the vast majority of people who use them do not fall into this category.
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retractable leashes can hurt

My wife got her hand caught up in the retractable leash with my Dalmation. She received severe burns on the hand trying to get the leash to stop and getting tangled in it. I know it was probably her fault for not using properly but watch out as once the dog runs for that squirrel hold on. Also, if you don't get control by the time the line runs out, get ready for the jerk of the lifetime on the back.
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Went to the vet yesterday............had Hoss close to me in a down stay checking out...........darn lady comes to check in ......has small poodle on retractable leash ... I watch these people and I knew the lock was not on her leash ............her poodle pup rushes up on Hoss........Hoss did not bark ...but dog gone poodle stuck his nose right onto Hoss azz causing him to jump up ...so when Hoss jumped up into a stand ...the lady freaks.....she could not pull her dog over because her leash was not locked ........so quickly ......I walked away from her with Hoss in tow......I was in the middle of my transaction ...so I took Hoss back behind the check out counter ........the check out girl looked at me real funny like...what was I doing coming behind the counter.........I told the check out girl .........I am so sorry......but that poodle was trying to attack my dog!!!! I love those moments!!!! Hoss received many treats for not lunging at that pup......ahhh happy ending.....
The owner gave me to dirtiest look............
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