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When Should You Consider Using A Retractable Leash?

Retractable leashes are a popular choice among pet parents for daily walks. They can be quite convenient because dogs are able to explore, and while doing so, often don’t end up pulling as much. This can lead to more enrichment mentally and physically for dogs. Depending on who you ask, you may hear that you should never use a retractable leash. In my opinion, there is a time and a place for these types of leashes. These leashes work best when out on walks in more rural areas where there is more room to explore. I would not recommend using them in congested areas. It’s very easy to turn a corner and have your dog walk right up to another dog or person before you even know it. (Just the other day I was going for a run and as I was approaching a blind corner a dog came around and we nearly collided. This startled the dog, which resulted in me being growled at.)

It’s also important to know that dogs will sometimes take off at full speed. When this happens it can result in the leash breaking or a possible injury to your body. It’s a good idea to work on some recall training when using one of these. This way you can call your dog back if a distraction appears. This will reduce the risk of injury or the leash breaking.

In closing, if you’re going to use one, use it in a more rural area. (At park, on a hike in the woods etc.) If you’re in a higher traffic area, consider using a 4-6 foot leash. This will keep your dog closer and reduce the risk of something going wrong.

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