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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Retractable Leash

When I take the dogs out together, I put Gryff on the longer, retractable leash and keep Jinx closer with a 6 ft leash.

Right outside my garage door where I take them out, we have a box where we keep our garden hose. Lately, both dogs stop there and sniff, so I know some animal has been peeing next to the box.

This morning when I took them out, there was a squirrel right there and both dogs bolted after him. Gryff ran on the retractable leash and without thinking of putting on the brake, I grabbed the leash. Bad move.

If I went to a palm reader today, they would be very confused by the new deep line under my pinky. Luckily, it doesn't hurt too bad.

I know these leashes can be dangerous. I just wanted to relate my story and remind everyone to be safe.

The good part of the story is that Jinx pee'd outside. This housebreaking is taking a long time with him. I'm sure it would be faster if I kept him in the crate during the day, but I don't want to do that. My husband and I are both home all day and we take him out every two hours or so. He just seems to go to the bathroom ALOT!

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Thanks for that Ivy. SOOOO true. They can be useful under certain circumstances but there are numerous injuries to the dog and the owner with these things. Not a good leash for beginners. Worst case scenario is walking down the sidewalk and a little kid with a big dog is coming your way and the dog is fully extended. LOL> Get the hell out of Dodge. Patience is a virtue. The more opportunity you give Jinx to go outside, the more chance of him preferring it and getting it right.

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I agree - the extendable leashes are great but you have to be in a control in a more crowded area with them. We live in a small wooded neighborhood and hardly ever meet a person or a car when walking so we can let them go fully extended. When we are traveling I keep it all the way in. DH has two short leashes attached to the extendable one so we only have to hold one! He is better at it than me!!!

Keep up the good work on training Jinx! It seemed like McGee took forever, too! You are doing all the right things but I know how aggravating it is to be cleaning up messes!!!

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Brody managed to break his the very first time we went to use it. He went ahead of me through a doorway and the line snagged on the plate part of the door lock (that the tongue goes into) and it sawed right through it. Luckily for me Brody sticks close and doesn't bolt when he gets the taste of freedom (I don't think he even noticed).

I had thought it might be nice for him to get some distance from me when I take him out to go to the washroom at work since he likes to bush-wack. I ended up just getting another normal (not going to snag and break in a nanosecond) leash.

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Hope you're doing ok Ivy.

I find these dangerous as well.
Neighbor walking his beagle somehow wrapped this around my legs, I was wears SHORTS.
I got out injury free, but it did press enough for me to squeal . . .

Now I get out of dodge when I see a leash like this coming.
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I agree. I ONLY use a flexi when we are pottying Kodi on our own property, where there is no danger of tangling with either people or other dogs.

Even though I am quite certain of my ability to control the flexi on MY dog, I don't trust others. On the few occasions where another dog on a flexi (or other leash!) has tangled with Kodi, I just drop his leash, knowing he won't go anywhere, and that with his soft 6' rope leash on the ground, it can't get caught up on the other dog's flexi.

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I don't use the flexi leash in public at all. They are dangerous.

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Flex leashes

Originally Posted by ivyagogo View Post
I don't use the flexi leash in public at all. They are dangerous.

I hate those things. Theyn are dangerous and often misused. I have a short leash for walks and a long leash for on our property. Much easier to handle and neither of us get hurt .

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