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Old 05-28-2019, 03:18 AM
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When we go out with our dog, we can't always leave the dog leash. Recently I have seen many pet owners using retractable dog leashes, which looks really good.
Dogs can get more room for activities, but my friends told me that this kind of dog leash is a safety hazard.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:07 PM
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Walt, the retractable leash is fine when used with common sense. Never use it in cities. You can't control a dog when he is 16 feet away! If you are going where there isn't any traffic, and there isn't anything that hinders the leash, OK. If the dog suddenly bolts and tears the handle out of your hands---wow! That leash handle will zip in and hit the dog in the face. Not nice for sure. So the answer is get a 'long' line (clothes line with a snap on it).
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I use a 20' piece of rope square-knotted to a dog leash clasp on one end and a D-ring on the other.

The D-ring can be used to attach it to another 4' or 6' leash which, in Laurel's case, was looped around my belt at first for "hands-free", then later we moved along to just a "drag line" in case of emergencies, and finally we achieved reliable enough voice control to take her off leash on the trail.

I did not think the retractable was safe enough or me or a 6 lb puppy so I never tried one. I use a 4' lead in the city and a 6' for training and on-leash hiking with Laurel.
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