The Dreaded Retractable Leash

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Imagine the following situation:

It’s a beautiful spring day. The sun is finally out and the snow has all melted (I know this is hard to imagine after the winter that we have had! Haha!). You decide that today is the perfect day to take Fido for a walk and get some much needed exercise. You grab your retractable leash and head out into the sunshine with your furry friend. Fido walks about 10ft ahead of you enjoying his exercise. Suddenly, a stray cat darts out from under a bush right in front of Fido and runs into the street. Fido chases after the cat and barely avoids being hit by an on coming car.


This is an unpleasant ending to what could have been a really nice day with your pet. Tragically, this story ends differently for many pet owners with retractable leashes. Retractable leashes have been known to malfunction and cause injury to owners as well. Your pet can rush to the end of the leash to chase something and pull you down, or malfunction as the dog has it completely wrapped around your legs or another person’s legs. Its also not uncommon for your pet to rush to the end of the leash and have the entire cord pulled from the device. Having a dog on a standard leash allows you to have control of your dog and what it encounters. The extra 15ft of leash on a retractable gives the dog an extra 3 seconds to do what it wants to do before you can make a correction. Three seconds may not seem like a long time to you, but its enough time for your pet to gobble up who-knows-what on the side walk or run into the street.



While you may have an extremely well trained dog, dogs are still animals and can have a mind of their own. No dog listens 100% of the time. We need to be responsible and in control of our pets at all times.