In the world of dog equipment, dog owners find themselves faced with many options. After all, there are dozens upon dozens of collars, dog beds and even leashes. One type of leash is becoming quite popular; however, dog owners should be wary of using them. What I am referring to are retractable leashes, which have resulted in thousands of injuries for dogs and owners alike. Today, we are going to explore the dangers of these leashes to both you and your dog.
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What Are Retractable Leashes?
If you have not seen these leashes before, they are actually quite common and popular. The main reason for the popularity is that it gives dogs more freedom than a regular leash. This helps with exercising and stimulating the dog.
Sounds great, right? In theory, yes.
Retractable leashes consist of a thin cord, or thin leash, wound around a spring-loaded device. Housed in a plastic handle that fits comfortably in a person’s hand, a button on the handle retracts the leash. This controls how much leash is let out and how far your dog can roam. Although it is important to note, the extension is from the dog pulling.
On average, retractable leashes allow a dog to roam up to 30 feet from their owners, which can be great for letting your dog play when you don’t have a secure area to play in.
However, the leash poses a lot of dangers for dogs and dog owners alike and we will go through ten of the dangers of the leashes next.