Leashes are the usual thing you see whenever you see someone taking their canine buddy for a walk. A lot of types of leashes are available in the market and one of this is the retractable leash.
The purpose of the retractable leash is to give a dog the freedom to walk as far as the leash is extended and then reel the leash to get the dog back on your side. However, the dog’s safety and health may be at risk with the danger this leash carries. Before you buy one, think well of its pros and cons.
Below are some of the reasons why you should not buy a retractable leash.
The dangerous thin cord
A retractable leash has a thin cord for it to retract once the owner decides to reel it. Despite this functional design, it can also bring trouble to the dog and the owner. The thin cord can snap and break, especially if the dog that is leashed is a strong or a big-sized dog. It can hurt the owner and put the dog and the thing it is chasing in danger.
Additionally, being tangled on the cord can give the owner nasty burns, cuts, and bruises. Or in a worst-case scenario, bone fractures.
Also, the retractable leash can malfunction. It can refuse to extend or retract or be stuck. In an emergency, these malfunctions will surely cause a lot of trouble.
The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and not easy to hold on to. Your dog could be running away from you if you are not unprepared of the pulling, which will result in the handle being off your hands. Also, the sound of the handle hitting the ground can be terrorizing to dogs, as their hearing senses are more sensitive than humans.
Retractable leashes are usually longer than the standard leashes, with the length that can be at 26 feet. This amount of freedom can bring danger to the dog. It can simply dart and run into a busy street, chase other dogs and start a fight, or eat and pick up unnecessary things lying on the ground.
In a scenario where your dog is being approached by an aggressive dog, it may lead to a fight since reeling the leash will take time. It is easier to use a standard leash to regain control and protect your pet easily.
Possible injuries to your fur baby
The dog can run out the leash which can cause a sudden jerk in the neck, leading to neck wounds and other injuries. Also, since you can give your dog a lot of freedom when using a retractable leash, it can turn into a blind spot on the street where you are walking and accidents can happen to your dog, such as being hit by a car or meeting and fighting an aggressive dog.
Using a retractable leash in a dog who is just starting to learn to walk with a leash is a bad idea. It can confuse the dog on learning if it is on a leash or not because of the freedom and the distance.
Since the leash has constant tension with the extending and reeling, it can teach your dog to pull while on the leash, as it means the leash being extended and more freedom. It can teach your dog where to go whenever they want with the extended distance.
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