Friday, May 19, 2006


I hate retractable leashes. These are those spring loaded leashes that allow a dog to pull ahead of the owner. In my experience, these types of leashes a.) tend to cause dogs to act more aggressively and to pull hard on the leash; b.) are more likely to trigger a fight with another dog since the dog that is straining at the end of the leash looks like it is in attack mode; c.) tend to be purchased by lazy and irresponsible dog owners who do not train their dogs to obey, and who tend to spoil their dogs, causing more aggression and bratty behavior; d.) undo most of the important aspects of your obedience training and leadership over your dog, especially obeying around distractions and coming when called, and over time they teach your dog to charge after other dogs, animals and even people; e.) are hard to control once the dog is at the end of the line, and can get caught in the leashes of other dogs, increasing the potential for a biting or attack incident; f.) do NOT cause the dog to get more exercise on the walk; g.) can cause a dog to run away from you, because if you accidentally drop the leash handle, many dogs will run from the plastic handle "chasing" them from behind and that could cause your dog to run into traffic and die. I have seen many, many dogs and owners over the years, and the risks and the downsides far outweigh any supposed benefits. Whenever I see a dog on a retractable leash, I say to myself: there goes an untrained dog; there is a dog that might just attack me or my dog; and there goes a lazy and irresponsible dog owner. Have you experienced the same problems with these leashes as I have? If so, please tell me about your experiences so I can write some further articles.


Steve said...

Retractable leashes are also responsible for the dismemberment of fingers, and severe burns to the hand. I covered a couple of stories on this.

Retractable Dog Leashes Are Dangerous

More About Retractable Leashes

Arielle said...

I quite agree - I purchased a retractable leash about three years ago. It was for dogs up to 60 lbs. and my boxer is 45 pounds. About three weeks after I purchased the lead, my roommate was letting her out the door, when Cairo (boxer) saw a little boy. Cairo loves children, and the little boy started saying, "puppy!" in a jubilant chant. that was all the encouragement Cairo needed. She took off in his direction and the lead snapped. Cairo immediately jumped on the little boy and licked him all over. The parents called the police on me. I had to race home from work. As it turned out, Cairo has done nothing to the boy, outside of frighten him with her strong affections. The charges were rejected, and Cairo was left with me. However, that experience will always be in my mind. I (thankfully) live on several acres now and my dogs can enjoy the out of doors without worry, but the retractable leasher are not reliable, and as a former dog walker, I always hated when my clients had them.

daphne said...

My husband injured his eyes 6 months ago while walking our boxer at night. The leash just snapped from the color, the hook popped and hit my husband's eye directly. His retina is serious injured and He is disabled now.
It is a dangeous product, according to Flexi warnning, to avoid eye injury, my husband need to turn his face away immediately. However, the incident only took second and it happened at night, there is no way he can react.
We have switched to a regular leash, an we would like to remind everyone be careful about this leash.