What are your thoughts on retractable leashes?
If you’re considering trying one of these leashes out, it’s a good idea to know what the pros and cons of a retractable leash are! Here are some things to consider.
Pro: With this type of leash, an obedient fur ball has room to explore his surroundings and run on ahead, improving his self-confidence and upping the amount of exercise he gets!
Con: If you know your pup is a little overactive, the retractable leash will make it more difficult to control him. Flipping the switch doesn’t help when he’s a decent distance away and is already causing mishaps and mischief up ahead. Not to mention that when there are other pups around or you’re in a crowded area, the leash’s line adds a threat of entanglement and injury.
Pro: You can work on your pup’s recall easily with a retractable leash. Simply take him to a safe, secluded space, allow him to go a little far away, then call him back to you and use the switch to bring him back in if you need to!
Con: If your aim is to train your fur ball to walk properly on a lead, a retractable leash isn’t the way to go. You want to discourage pulling, but a pup who gets far enough away will start pulling anyway – you need a short leash for proper lead training!
Pro: When bad weather hits and your pup needs to go outside to the bathroom, a retractable leash will allow you to stay safe and dry indoors until your fur ball is done. Maybe this is a little selfish, but you can’t deny it gets the job done!
Con: A long thin line completely stretched at perfect human tripping distance? Not the best idea! A jogger or cyclist isn’t going to see it until it’s too late, and the situation is going to quickly go downhill into a catastrophe you thought was only possible in cartoons. Yikes.
Now that you’re a little more informed, you can make a decision as to whether to invest in a retractable leash or not! Do like and share these pros and cons if you thought them useful!
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