October 17 2017
Many of us enjoy taking our dogs for a daily walk so they can
explore different sights and smells and stay mentally and physically
stimulated. What you may not realize is the leash you use can dramatically
affect how your dog walks on a leash. Retractable leashes are quite popular
mainly because pet parents think these leashes will give their dogs a little extra freedom to sniff and poke
around on walks.
There are many hazards associated with these for both you and your dog!
- Many retractable leashes come with a 26-foot
cord, allowing the dog to get far enough from you that it could escape or get
hurt. Too many Bark Busters dog trainers have seen dogs bolt into the street or
approach a dog that wasn't friendly. If your dog encounters an aggressive dog,
it may be very difficult to get your dog to come back quickly enough or gain
control of a difficult situation.
- The thinner cord of a retractable leash can
break. Retractable leashes have been known to sever fingers and have caused pet
owners to fall as the dogs pulls them along. Owners have experienced cuts,
burns, bruises, broken bones and road rash.
- If you suddenly have to jerk the leash, your dog
could sustain a neck injury, a lacerated trachea or an injury to the spine.
Dogs have also been injured when they get twisted in the cord causing injury to
their tail and legs.
- If your dog is at all fearful, the sound of a
retractable leash falling out of your hands may frighten him, causing him to
take off running. The clunky handle then seems like it is chasing him, causing
him to be fearful of walks in general.
- Retractable leashes can easily break either
refusing to extend, retract or unspool at all.
- Like many behaviors, walking correctly on a
leash is a learned behavior. It is harder for a dog to learn to walk quietly by
your side if he has a leash that gives him too much lead.
Bark Busters feel dogs should learn
to walk politely on a regular leash or harness, and to stay close enough to
their human to be safe. A retractable leash too often encourages pulling and can
be an accident waiting to happen!