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Over the past several weeks we have been talking about getting your dog ready for Spring and Summer, showing you must have products for walks, and outdoor adventures. You might have noticed that we have not mentioned and don’t carry retractable leashes.  Here is why…

Injuries – Retractable leashes can cause injuries to humans and dogs.

Human Injuries: If Fido suddenly jets past you to get that squirrel, the thin-string on retractable leashes can zip across your exposed skin (or your child’s) in less than a second. If the dog’s collar were to suddenly break and come off, the leash cord would retract with such rapid force that it could strike you (or someone else) in the face, teeth, or eyes.

Dog Injuries: When your dog bolts on a retractable leash and they hit the end of it, their back and neck can be seriously injured from being suddenly jerked.

Injuries to Both: The retractable string can get twisted around your hands, another person’s ankle, your dog’s neck and legs, a tail or 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.

Cord Breakage – Many retractable leashes are not strong enough to handle the dog that is attached to them. If a dog bolts or takes off running they can often snap the then line or tape before you even realize what happened. And even worse, the plastic hand-held retractor may come out of your hand and go banging down the pavement after your dog, causing him to panic and rush into traffic or a busy bike path.

Boundaries – Retractable leashes encourage dogs to pull. If we as pet-parents don’t provide consistent boundaries, how is Fido supposed to knowwhat is acceptable? Sometimes with retractable leashes they are given 2 feet, sometimes 6 feet, and if they pull a little harder they might be given 10 feet. Then, when you only give them a few feet they begin to pull (because normally this results in getting a few more inches or feet, right?) and they are instead “corrected” because you are in a busy area and not behaving well. What?? How confusing for Fido!

Uninvited Meetings – Retractable leashes allow your dog to approach other dogs for an unwanted meet-and greet. This might just lead to an irritated owner, but it could cause the spread of disease, disruption of a healing injury, or even a sudden and aggressive dog fight.

Instead of worrying about injuries, and hoping for good behavior, you can provide guidelines and boundaries that your dog needs and desires to have a great walk with a standard (non-retractable) leash. Ask any of our Team members to show you some dependable, sturdy standard-leash options!

 

 

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?

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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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As you all know, here are Two Bostons we never endorse the idea of using metal stakes or choke collars as a tie-out solution. They can cause injury, choking, even a collapsed windpipe. So we don’t carry metal ground stakes, and this can leave many well-meaning canine parents with a question — because if you don’t have a fenced-in yard or want to keep your dog in one area outside, what are your best options?

Well, luckily for you, we’ve got an excellent answer: Ruffwear leashes!

You might be thinking, “How can a LEASH act like a tie-out?” What’s awesome about these leashes is that they have an adjustable strap that allows you to expand the grip on the leash; even opening at the handle so you can tie it around something – for example, a tree. YES, you can actually tie this leash around a tree without worrying about mastering expert sailor knots to keep your dog secure! Also, the handle of the leash hooks tightly to a clip once you adjust it, so you never have to worry about your dog ripping the leash off the tree.

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Ruffwear offers two styles of leashes: a standard fabric Flat Out leash, and a leash called the Roamer that actually includes elastic in the middle to give your dog a bit of added wiggle room. For those owners looking for a good alternative to retractable leashes (we’ve talked about the many dangers of these in the past), we always recommend the Roamer since it gives dogs some room to explore on a walk, without encouraging them to pull. Because of the adjustable loop, you can even tie the Roamer around your waist while running. This lets you keep your pup close, without having to worry about holding the leash while out for your jog!

Just like the name implies, these leashes are super TOUGH. They have a fantastic heavy-duty clip, so you don’t have to worry about heavy pullers snapping the clip off and breaking free. Because this clip is large and very secure, you can even add more length to the leash by clipping it to your dog’s walking leash and harness. We ALWAYS recommend using a harness whenever you tie your dog outside, to keep your pup more comfortable while reducing the risk of escape. Of course, as mentioned in our previous blogs, you should always supervise pets whenever they’re outside and provide plenty of fresh water and shade.

So if you’re looking for a great way to keep your canine at your side during summer barbeques or fall tailgating parties, come see us and pick out a Ruffwear leash today. They come in a number of bright colors, and we promise you they’ll become one of your favorite outdoor items very quickly!

 

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It can happen – and it can happen so fast that we, as pet parents, don’t even have time to react. The damage can be extensive, the injuries pretty horrific … and all because of a portable plastic device that’s supposedly designed to help “make our lives easier.”

I’m talking about a retractable leash.

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. Why is this the case? I used to wonder that myself, until my good old pup Sparky had a retractable mishap firsthand. Let’s look at just a few reasons retractables can be risky business.

 

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Retractable leashes can lead to some unexpected and nasty injuries — but a well-designed standard leash, like the one shown on the right, is designed to let your pet explore safely and securely.

  • 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 after wildlife, innocent joggers, imaginary muggers, or the mailman 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.
  • 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, even a sudden and aggressive dog fight.
  • 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.
  • Leash burns, lacerations, and worse. If your pooch should suddenly race past you, thin-string retractable leashes can zip across your exposed skin (or your child’s) in half a second. Plus, it’s often a human reflex to grab the leash hard when a dog bolts. Owners who have instinctively grabbed the cord/tape as it’s rapidly unspooling from the handle have suffered some pretty extreme, and sometimes irreversible, injuries.
  • 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 even tighter. This could lead to a life-threatening situation in a matter of seconds.

Do you and your pup love to socialize and explore the great outdoors? That’s awesome! Ask anyone on our Two Bostons Team to show you some sturdy, dependable standard leash options. Better yet, tell us about your favorite standard leash brands below. Products like Ruffwear’s Flat Out dog leash and Artvark’s GoGo dog leash are designed to let your dog roam and explore – but safely and securely, keeping you in full control.