Having a pet isn’t only about fun and games, it’s about learning to take care of another creature–one that is different from your species–and loving them despite everything. From the right food to the right care, being a pet owner is no joke. Neither is choosing their leash.

You might think that any leash might be just fine for your dog, it’s just a leash after all.

But some of them are actually dangerous–like retractable dog leashes. With little control during walks, they are also responsible for many injuries in dogs.

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These leashes function with a lock button that allows pulling and retraction of the cord. This way, the owners can decided how much farther they want their dogs to go. The thin cord extends from 10 to 25 feet from the handle.

But the worst thing about the leases are how unreliable they are. They are not just dysfunctional at times, but also very depending on the retraction mechanism. When dirt or other small objects get inside the handle, the entire thing becomes useless.

But sometimes, there are worst consequences of using retractable leashes other than just malfunction.

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The Inconvenient Handle
Retractable leashes have uncomfortable, bulky handles that are hard to hold. Unlike other leashes with simple loops, they are constructed of thick, hard plastic. Because of this, even small movements might cause your grip to slip away. Thus, it isn’t very convenient when you’re talking your dogs out for walks on busy roads.

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Weak Cord
The leashes are dangerous to both the pet and the owner because the cords are so weak and thin. Not only that, but some of the leashes have been reported to cause tripping, tangles and rope burns. They’re the easier to digest cases.
In some worse situation, facial injuries, fractures and even amputations was done among pet owners when the cords tangled around their limbs too tightly.
Other incidents include lacerations, broken bones and broken teeth because of loose screws, unattached plastic and the cords.
Dereka Williams, a 12 year old girl, was subjected to permanent blindness in one eye because of this leash. When the metal clasp of the dog’s collar fell away, fragments of it went into the her eye, damaging them.

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Even while using retractable leashes, your dogs can get hurt by a car.
One of the cases include a leashed Chihuahua mix suddenly darting into the street and passing away. So when walking, the dogs can get 10 to 25 feet away from you. Because of this, these unpredictable creatures can land themselves in horrible situations. The leashes offer too much freedom to dogs when outside.
Large dogs can actually pull free of the thin cord, even snap them from the handle. Thus, the retractable leashes aren’t safe or reliable.

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Negative Effects On Your Dog’s Behaviour
All dogs have to do to get away from the leash is pull free. From the perspective of behavioral psychology, this isn’t something you should encourage. Dogs must learn how to be around their owners, not run away from them.
The found of Safe Kids/ Safe Dogs Project, Karen Peak, and a professional dog trainer from Northern Virginia said, “hey should never be used on neighborhood walks or in stores or other situations where there might be distractions that can make a dog suddenly bolt”.

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Injuries on Your Dog
For dogs of small breeds, seniors and with spinal problems, retractable leashes are a big no-no. The stop button sends a jolt down these dog’s bodies. And when the dogs receive that push, it might cause their body severe harm, especially in the neck, trachea and spinal area.

So, what to do then?
For an average dog, a normal 4 to 6 feet leashes are good. Unless your vet says otherwise. It all depends on how far you are willing to let your dog get. But the greatest necessity of leashes are that they should be comfortable–for both the pet and the pet owner.
For that, use sustainable materials like heavy-duty nylon, leather or paracord. Some companies also make good leads from recycled bicycle inner tubes and plastic bottles–you can use this if you want to decrease your doggie’s carbon pawprint.

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