Today the guys and I sat around and pondered on the basics of a leash. Here at 72 Bark Place we only make nylon with designer ribbons sewn on leashes. We are not big fans of retractable leashes for several reasons. We have discussed this issue with several dog walkers as well as vetinarians. In short here is our thought process on retractables:
Your basic flat leash is 6 feet long. A basic leash is quite versatile. Not only can you use it to walk your dog, in an emergency, you can use it as a slip lead or even make a muzzle out of it.
A retractable leash consists of a thin cord wound onto a spring-loaded device inside a plastic handle. As your dog walks away from you, the cord unwinds. When he walks toward you, the cord retracts. A button on the handle allows you to control how much of the cord can be extended.
People like retractable leashes because they give dogs more freedom to explore their surroundings on a walk, but these leashes have many drawbacks and can even be dangerous.
Drawbacks to a retractable leash:
- You have minimal control over your dog. Even if you pay close attention to your dog, he may still get far enough away from you on a retractable leash to run into traffic where he may be injured or killed, or rudely jump on people or other animals.
- The cord can break. If you have a strong dog who suddenly takes off running at full speed, the cord can snap. If that happens, your dog will escape, or you may be injured by the cord as it whips back toward the leash handle. You and/or your dog could become entangled in the leash, resulting in cuts or other injuries.
- Retractable leashes could also cause your dog’s body posture to send the wrong signal to other dogs. His pulling at the end of the retractable leash may appear to approaching dogs as a sign of aggression, leading to a confrontation between the dogs.
- The handle of a retractable leash is bulky. Your dog could easily pull the handle out of your hands and escape. He also might be scared if the handle hits his body as it falls or bounces on the ground behind him.
Well, as I said earlier this was our discussion and thoughts around the water bowl today.
Hope you continuue to tail along with us: Barney, Bodie and Fender (Woof)