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Old 10-11-2015, 05:30 AM
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beware of the Flexi leash!

The classical retractable leash can be very dangerous for humans and dogs a like. A lot of the dangers don't have to with handling it the right way, but they come through situations you as a handler can not control.
I just read in another forum of a young lady accidentally amputating the first phalanx of a finger because of a flexi leash.

- they can lead to ugly cuts and burns when humans grasping the leash in reflex
-they're not easily seen in the dark which can lead to people falling over the leash or runing into it and hurting themself and the dog
- the stop button sometimes stops working and can lead to the dog running on the street: dog dead.
-when the leash spool slips out of your hand you can hit the dog with it and it gets hurt
- sudden contact with other dog, can lead to other dogs getting hurt
- a stronger dog can easily snap the cord, which is not very insecure and can lead to dog running away or infdront of a car
-the dog can get tangled up and the leascuts them
-everytime the leash is in tension and you push the stop button and make the dog stop suddenly it can hurt the dogs neck and/or spine.

Such a leash also doesn't help with leashtraining too
-the dog does learn that it is normal that there is tension on the leash, which incourages leash pulling
-the dog can not estimate how long the leash is until they get stopped forcefully


Yes, of course you can also hurt yourself and others with another leash, but because the Flexi gives even more opportunities to hurt others or yourself or a dog, please think about it carefully before buying and using a Flexi leash.



Retractable leashes pose problems for people and their pets

Injuries, behavioral problems linked to retractable leashes - VIN
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:42 AM
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I used to use a Flexi leash with my Lab mix. She was a dream to walk, so I never had a problem, but I hated them just the same. They're clunky and annoying and the button on mine would always catch.

My trainer had me buy a 15' braided-type long lead to train with Chisum...sometimes it's cumbersome but overall it's wonderful. He still gets the extra freedom, I don't have to worry about burns (or amputation!), plus it's very soft and pretty. I could go on. Way better choice than the Flexi.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:17 AM
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I absolutely hate retractible leashes. They are extremely clunky. The normal ones are too large for my hands and the small ones I can't even fit my fingers through the grip. I know people want their dogs to have freedom, but I view these leashes as a liability. You have basically no control over your dog, especially if you let it run to the end of the spool.

The majority of people whose dogs I have run up to me are those with such a leash. I love dogs, but I have been attacked by an off leash dog in the recent past (IMO, a retractible leash is no better or safer than letting the dog roam leash free). I hate it when people let their dog bound up to you while saying "oh he's friendly!" You don't know me. I might hate dogs. I might have a terrible fear of dogs. You don't know if your dog might decide out of the blue it doesn't actually like me. You know nothing of the dog I might be walking. HE might not be friendly. People are dumb.
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^If feel like retractable give people and excuse not to train their dog how to walk nicely on a leash, because it gives them extra room to move and most dogs won't pull when they have a choice.

Every single dog I've seen on one has been poorly trained, poorly socialized, and under-managed by their owners.

I say let's ban the flexi-lead and make people accountable for properly training their pets! I mean if my 30kg lab mix can walk nicely on a leash, the average 6kg shih tzu should be able too.
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^If feel like retractable give people and excuse not to train their dog how to walk nicely on a leash, because it gives them extra room to move and most dogs won't pull when they have a choice.

Every single dog I've seen on one has been poorly trained, poorly socialized, and under-managed by their owners.

I say let's ban the flexi-lead and make people accountable for properly training their pets! I mean if my 30kg lab mix can walk nicely on a leash, the average 6kg shih tzu should be able too.
the problem I see is that an untrained dog is even more likely to be unpredictable and then hurt themself or others with such a leash.
especially for an untrained or badly trained dog i wouldn't take such a leash. Plus a lot of people don't really use the stop button and their 40 kg labrador bolts towards an other dog and either the poor dog gets hit by the spool or tangled in the cord.
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Old 10-11-2015, 10:32 AM
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I agree, they are awful. Virtually always used by people that haven't trained their dogs, and let them run around acting a fool. They give very little control, and are clumsy and dangerous.

I expect my dogs to walk quietly beside me on a loose leash, and never use more than a 4 foot leash unless doing agility.

The worst is when you're at a crowded event and people use them. Like what are you thinking??? They tangle people up and harass other's dogs, and it's just common sense to at least not use one in that situation.
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Old 10-11-2015, 10:37 AM
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Both my dogs have retractable leashes and they're both perfectly fine on it, I find it helpful How they can be long for when they're in the yard and short for when they're on a walk. They are clunky and annoying to hold but I haven't had many problems with it. When I was little though and just learning to use the leash I almost cut off my finger lol but I'd still rather use them then the short fabric leashes honestly
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Yucky pictures but I personally use a flexi with no problem. My dog knows the commands "walk with me" and "go ahead" so he knows when he's allowed to pull and when he's not. I don't have a flexi brand, the handle is big and it has a light on the front for nighttime and the leash part itself has that fiber woven into the middle that allows you to see it in the dark (not sure what it's called exactly the name escapes my mind it's that stuff on the vests roadwork people use)

I would never use one on an untrained dog that pulls. They're often used as an excuse to not leash train your dog and that's when it gets dangerous. I love mine and my dog is trained well so we have had zero problems
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:16 PM
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Also a couple points from that list you wrote:

My retractable leashes button has NEVER stopped working and I've been using them for years
I wouldn't press the button to make my dog come back from walking in the street, I taught him to walk on the sidewalk and stop at the end of sidewalks. He also knows the basic command "here"
People using normal leashes can yank a collar on any dog and hurt their neck or spine, and normal leashes for a pulling dog can cause trachea collapse which is why in either situations people should train their dogs.
I've had moe difficulty with normal leashes getting tangled with other dogs because it doesn't retract with me, it simply tangles.
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The better brads or retractable leashes, like the Flexi, are not as prone to failing like the cheap ones are. A major problem with any of them is that people who have no idea how to use them are the main ones that buy them.

I used to use them and knew how to control my dogs while using them. I never had a problem with the dogs going in the street, or running up to strange people or dogs, that's what I used the break for. While walking around people I locked the break and kept the leashes short so no one was in danger of tripping over the cord or getting wrapped up and cut by it. I knew better then to grab the cord, I knew how to use the break to stop the dog and pull the dog back if necessary. I never let my dogs play with anyone while on the leash. To be honest though I have had the lead wrap around my legs more then once, mainly because unless a person keeps the dog walking at heel it's bound to happen if the dog goes behind you then comes up on the other side then goes to the original side, When that happens and two dogs are being walked it's difficult to quickly untangle the leads before the cord touches you, it's not a problem if you're wearing pants, but a major one if you're wearing shorts. I never got burned from it, but came close a couple times.

Unfortunately I've seen a lot of people using them that have no idea how to control the dog with it. I've more then once watched in horror as a person grabbed the cord to stop the dog rather then using the break. I've also seen people let dogs run amuck on them. The cheap retractable leads are a nightmare, I've seen those fail to retract so that the leash just stays out, and I've seen the break fail so that the owner has no control over the dog. I've seen them used with reactive dogs, and the dog will be at the end of the leash acting out and the owner is 20 ft back unable to do anything.
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