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Are retractable dog leashes safe?

The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.
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There is a lock on the leash to keep it from extending. You lock it while in certain areas and in open areas you can let them roam. You also do not unlock it around people as it can get wrapped around them and cut peoples legs like a saw. The corded ones are far more dangerous and less durable then the "belt or tape" style ones.



It is like anything else, you have to pay attention to your dog even when walking on a leash. If for some reason a person isn't coordinated enough to use a retractable leash properly, they shouldn't be using one.

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Why do you ask? Are you using one?
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I am not a fan of these type of leashes.........I know a few people that have gotten hurt from using them.
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Yes. They are generally unsafe compared to a 6 foot lead. Do a Google search.

Within reason, I am not a fan of retractable leashes and would never trust one on my Goldens. I don't trust a piece of plastic with plastic gears and plastic locks to not break. I'd rather have a quality leather leash.

Where I live, a densely populated suburb of Cleveland, I see people walking their dogs with those and I can see they don't have nearly as good of control walking their one little foo foo dog as I do walking 2 or 3 Goldens on leashes.

Just recently our city dropped their pit bull ban (BSL). Along with that, they rewrote the laws and added a ton of restrictions to dog owners (to get back at the people that fought the city hard for years to repeal the BSL). One of the new laws/ordinances is that retractable leashes are banned. I have mixed feelings about some of the laws, but agree with the retractable leash ban.

I'm told it is actually being enforced. The dog warden, if she/he happens to see you, will stop you, educate you on the new laws and some have even been cited.

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The only reason they have value is for teaching recalls.
Otherwise they are unsafe.
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The first thing they teach you going into engineering is to NEVER trust a safety device. They are mechanical and can fail.



Flexi-leads are dangerous for many reasons. My mother-in-law broke her shoulder while walking a chihuahua on a flexi.


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The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.

Didn't you just answer your own question?
Retractable leashes are actually banned in Toronto - for safety reasons, but also because they can actually hurt humans quite badly. The retractable part is often a thinner line, and there were so many incidents of dogs running and getting people tangled up and it ripping their skin or tripping them up.

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Train your dogs.
Train your dogs.
Train your dogs.
A well trained dog is safe on any leash, and generally on no leash.
Don't blame the hammer if the nail gets bent.
I use a flexi whenever the situation calls for my dog, who doesn't need a leash to behave, to wear a leash.
Flexi leashes are perfectly safe. People who don't train their dogs and/or don't know how to use the leash are a hazard.



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We have a wide tape one that extends to 12 feet that we use on hikes so she can explore further but I'd never walk her around others with it. She's an adolescent and her recall has begun to get spotty (selective hearing!!) so this is a good temp option for me while we keep training!

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