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Old 11-18-2012, 11:11 AM
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If you saw my post from the other day about walking off lead you will know that we never let Max off his lead as we donít feel safe doing so. Partially in case he runs off but mainly because we donít trust other dogs that he might come across.

I am thinking of getting a retractable lead to use when we take him on longer walks in quieter areas so that he at least gets a little more sense of freedom sometimes. I was just wondering if anyone can recommend a good one? There seem so many to choose from and some are so expensive! I donít want to buy a cheaper one if itís just going to break on me!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:36 AM
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Some of them are quite strong when retracted and could probally send a chi flying back to you instead of stopping them lol
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I have mixed feelings about retractable leads, I do have them for both my dogs but I only use them now when we are beach or field walking. The reason being was I allowed Bella's to get too long on the street one day and she was nearly run over by a car reversing out of a drive, it was totally my fault and I can't believe I was so stupid. I do think they are fine for open areas though. There seems to be two kinds available, one has a thin string like cord and the other has a thicker more tape like cord, I prefer the tape as it appears to be stronger. I got mine from pets at home and I think they were about £14 they can go as expensive as £25.
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If I were in a quiet area, I would definatley concider getting one so she could move around more. I wish she could but its just not safe. Where I live..never. Never ever would I get one. I have her on a short leash and end up wrapping some of that around my hand where we live because of traffic etc.

They are also very expensive here too.
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I have retractable leads for my dogs and I def recommend them for long walks in areas away from roads and other dangers. Mine don't pull my dogs back at all they are really good. But def don't get one too cheap cos my last one was cheaper and broke, the lead bit stopped retracting so it was just a really long lead!
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Thanks everyone

I would defo only be using in safer areas like fields and woodland walks etc. Wouldn't want to risk it on our normal walks.

I'll have a look in Pets at Home next time I am there although I do hate going there as they are expensive compared to other places!
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I love using retractable leashes only if I'm walking one dog bc using two of those at the same time doesn't work for me, lol. I think you will be fine as long as you invest in a decent one!


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the onlly drawback on a retractable leash is that IF you drop it/ or it is pulled out of your hand, it may scare the bedevil out of your dog on its way back. It has happened once or twice to me. Fortunately the dog ran to me, to 'get this thing that is following me' off!!
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