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If you and your pup hang out at a lot of pet-friendly establishments and events – like our Two Bostons Weekly Walks, for example – you may have noticed that “standard, non-retractable leashes” are often a requirement.  And you may have noticed or even asked if we carry retractable leashes.  Wonder Why?


1. Retractable leashes can cause injury to dog and human. If your pooch should suddenly race past you, thin-string retractable leashes can zip across your exposed skin (or your child’s) in a half a second. Plus, it is often a human reflex to grab the leash hard when a dog bolts. The dog’s neck and back can be seriously injured due to being jerked when they suddenly get to the end of the leash after running after that rabbit or other dog.

2. Unwanted meet-and-greets. Retractable leashes allow your canine to approach other dogs uninvited. At best, this might lead to an irritated owner. But worse, it could cause the spread of disease, disruption of a healing injury, or even a sudden and aggressive dog fight.

3. Cord breakage. Many retractable leashes aren’t strong enough to handle the dog they’re attached to. Pups who have a tendency to bolt or take off running can often snap the thin line or tape on a retractable leash before you even comprehend what just happened. Worse, the plastic hand-held retractor may come out of your hand and go banging down the pavement after your dog, causing a panicked rush into speeding traffic or a busy bicycle path.

4. Projectile injuries. If your dog’s collar were to suddenly break and come off, the leash cord/tape would retract with such rapid force that it could strike you (or someone else) in the face, teeth, or eyes.

dog pulling5. Retractable leashes encourage dogs to pull. Think about it: if we as their guardians do not provide consistent boundaries how are our canine companions supposed to know what is acceptable? Sometimes they are given 2 feet, sometimes 6 feet, and if they pull a little harder, they may be given 10 feet. Then, when only a few feet are provided because they are walking in a busy area and they begin to pull (because normally this results in getting a few more inches or feet, right?) they are instead “corrected” because they aren’t behaving well. What?? How confusing!


6. Entanglement or strangulation. The retractable string or tape can get twisted around our own hands, another person’s ankle, your dog’s neck and legs, a wagging tail, even a pet’s neck. If your dog senses he’s hog-tied and thrashes around, it can cause the cord to pull tighter. This could lead to a life-threatening situation in a matter of seconds.


So, instead of hoping for good behavior and no broken or amputated fingers, let’s just decide to use a standard (aka non-retractable) leash and provide the guidelines and boundaries your dogs need and ultimately desire to have a great walk. Ask anyone on our Two Bostons Team to show you some sturdy, dependable standard leash options.



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