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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!

 

 

It’s Springtime and dog-holding-shoestoday is National Take A Walk in the Park Day!

I would have to assume that we are all happy to see the cold weather be gone. This includes our pets too!  They get cabin fever and pent-up energy just like us.  Now that we can get out more often for walks, let’s talk about a few pointers to get your pup out of the house and make it a relaxing enjoyable walk.  We all know that a tired dog is a happy dog!

Most complaints about dog walking revolves around them pulling…If the question, “Who’s walking who?” has ever been thought, this is for you!

1. Collars, Leashes and Harnesses:  You want to find a collar that is an appropriate width for the size of your dog.  You will also want a leash that is easy for you to hold and handle. We have all kinds of different leashes to choose from! We strongly recommend that you use a standard leash instead of a retractable leash for several reasons.  Read about retractable leashes in a previous Blog: Do you know why you can’t find retractable leashes at Two Bostons?

Using a harness to walk your dog is safer and healthier for any breed, but especially the short-faced breeds like the Boston Terrier, Pug, Boxer or Bulldog.  These types of breeds tend to have necks that are more susceptible to damage when they pull on their collars.  Placing them in a well-fitted harness will be much better for them and will give you more control as well!  sporn_mesh_harness

If you have a dog that REALLY pulls (or maybe you want a very well-mannered walker)  we suggest trying the No-Pull Dog Harness by SPORN. This is the best no-pull system that we have found!  The SPORN fits just like a regular harness but pulls up on the dogs’ armpits, which is a pressure point, when the dog pulls.  This doesn’t hurt the dog at all, but it does make it uncomfortable if they continue to pull.  The best thing about this is that you don’t have to correct your dog, he will correct himself!

2.  Poop Bags:  Let’s face it, they do it!  So be prepared…We have several different poop bags and poop bag holders to choose from.  There are the regular plastic bag cylinder shaped bag holder that hold a roll of plastic bags, or the more fashionable poop bag carriers that look just like cute cell phone holders!  Both kinds will attached to the top of the leash so they are out of the way but there when you need them!

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3.  Hydration:  If you are just going around the block you may not need to worry about taking water with you…but if you are on a longer walk or it is in the middle of a hot summer day you will want to make sure you keep your pup hydrated!  We have a couple of different options for you to choose from.  One of those is the Gulpy Water Dispenser by Kyjen.  It is easy to use, doesn’t leak and you can easily carry it with the built-in belt clip and it fits into bicycle water bottle holders!

The most important thing is to have fun on your walks!  Stop into any Two Bostons store and we can help you find the right walking gear for you and your pup!

Two Bostons will be starting their Weekly Walks on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Downtown Naperville and Burr Ridge stores.  For more information visit our website at twobostons.com/pages/events.

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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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.