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Retractable leashes?

I have a six foot leash for training and walks but I was wondering if any of you use retractable leashes for when you go to the park. We live by a park that is never busy and has a soccer field. Would you use a retractable leash to give your dog some freedom or does that teach bad habits?
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I have used one when Jack was a puppy or on restricted movement. It is handy at times when you can't let them run free.

There are dangers to them of course. I got a lovely rope burn across my calf. People and animals can run into the line and toss you for a loop. Hitting the end of the line can be violent. You know the routine. Use with caution and awareness.

I am not the biggest fan of them. Other people seem to let their dogs go and do what they want. Then they drag the dog back after the dog jumps on you and wraps the rope around you. They don't practice a strong Recall and rely too much on the leash. That is only my opinion.

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I don't like retractable leashes either, as I think they are dangerous for many of the reasons Pam mentioned. I have a couple of 20' heavy webbed nylon leashes that I have used at the beach and in the yard when training. I think they are much better and provide the same freedom as the retractable leash. If you do settle on a retractable for the park or wherever, don't forget to use it with a harness and not a collar because as Pam said, the end of the line can be violent and definitely is not good for a small breed like ours.


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All of what Pam just said.

When Kodi was younger, I sometimes used it to run the "sillies" out when we got to a trial site and he still had too much energy. I used it like lunging a horse… I stood in the middle and let him run circles around me.

I still use one to send him out to potty after dark. I stand on the steps and he has THAT much room to find a place to go and no more. (this is not a good way to TEACH pottying though… we didn't start doing it until he was COMPLETELY reliable)

I think they are BAD if you are anywhere near other people, dogs or cars. Just too dangerous. And make sure you get a good quality one with a tape lead not a cord one. The cord ones have gashed people, amputated body parts from dogs and are also prone to snapping.

Used properly, I think they have their uses, but I could certainly get by fine without one. And in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to handle it well or won't pay REALLY close attention both to the dog on the lead and the total environment, they can be down-right dangerous.


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I don't like retractable leashes either, as I think they are dangerous for many of the reasons Pam mentioned. I have a couple of 20' heavy webbed nylon leashes that I have used at the beach and in the yard when training. I think they are much better and provide the same freedom as the retractable leash. If you do settle on a retractable for the park or wherever, don't forget to use it with a harness and not a collar because as Pam said, the end of the line can be violent and definitely is not good for a small breed like ours.
Oh, and I DEFINITELY wouldn't use one on the beach. I suspect that sand in the winder mechanism would be likely to make it inoperative pretty quickly.


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I only use them for potty breaks at night and walking to the mailbox. They have the more dangerous corded ones, mine are what I think are called ribbon leashes. I wouldn't use one off my property, you never know what you'll run into.

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Thanks for all of your replies. I don't think I will buy one then. They seem like they can do more harm then they are worth. It's just too bad that Millie can only run free in our fenced in yard. Maybe one day when we have a really reliable recall and even then only in the right circumstances. We are working on it. :-)
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Thanks for all of your replies. I don't think I will buy one then. They seem like they can do more harm then they are worth. It's just too bad that Millie can only run free in our fenced in yard. Maybe one day when we have a really reliable recall and even then only in the right circumstances. We are working on it. :-)
Why not try a 20' lead as I mentioned? It gives freedom but is not dangerous. It worked for my guys and gave them a chance to explore.


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I have a 30' one, nylon, webbed that I use and it works very well. You just have to make sure your dog doesn't position it so it gets wrapped around something. I also used it to train recall as 30' was a good distance to start.

The retractable ones scare me. I can imagine the damage it could do if it pulled out of one's hand and retracted towards a little dog.

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Why not try a 20' lead as I mentioned? It gives freedom but is not dangerous. It worked for my guys and gave them a chance to explore.
I agree completely. Even if, later, you decide you want to learn how to use a Flexi properly and use it under some cirumstances, a long line is SUCH a useful training tool, you should have one anyway. IMO, EVERYONE who has a dog without a solid recall should have one.


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