The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

One of the most popular devices used to restrain dogs when taking them out for a walk is the retractable leash. Many owners, however, wonder if such a leash is appropriate or even safe to use. Well, the answer generally depends on a person’s reason for using the device. While there are several ways to utilize the retractable leash properly, it is important to remember that they also pose some danger to you and your dog if not used correctly.

Before using a retractable leash, make certain you’ve got one that’s strong enough to handle your dog. Dogs that have a tendency to bolt or take off running after perceived prey should never be restrained with a retractable leash. Aside from those dangers, there are other things to keep in mind when using one of these popular leashes.

What You Need to Watch Out For

· Prickling leash burns. Retractable leashes, especially the thin string variety, can very easily cause leash burns. This could happen when you let your pooch race past you with the retractable line zipped up across your bare skin. Unwarranted injuries, however, can be prevented if you try the flat, tape style retractable leash.
· Entanglement or strangulation. Not only can retractable leashes burn us, they can also get twisted around a dog’s neck or legs. Worse, if your pooch panics and jerks the moment they get hog-tied; it could cause the leash to pull even tighter. Although you can loosen the cords that have wrapped around his neck, the situation could quickly become life-threatening.
· Fatal accidents. There are times when our dogs dart away all of a sudden, and with a retractable leash on him, your dog might dart even farther, faster. Nevertheless, it’s the reeling that’s a serious issue here. It is possible that Fido may spot a squirrel or anything interesting across the street, and suddenly take off after it. If you’re not alert enough, his abrupt behavior and an un-sturdy retractable leash could put him smack on the road, right in front of a speeding car.

Other Things You Would Never Want to Happen

· The leash drops. Because these leashes rarely have a wrist strap and are sometimes heavy and bulky, dropping them is a regular occurrence. What’s worse, if you drop the handle, the lack of tension can send the heavy handle hurdling toward your dog. Not only could the heavy leash handle smack your dog in the head, if your dog is spooked by the leash handle zipping deafeningly toward him, he may take off running.
· The cord is grabbed. If you grab the cord/tape while it is being pulled from the handle, you might suffer from immediate injury like cuts and burns.
· The cord wraps around you. Poor handling can also cause the cord/tape to twist around you or someone else’s fingers resulting in deep wounds, or worse, amputation.
· The collar breaks or comes off your dog. The moment this occurs, the leash could retract at top speed while the other end of the line whips around at the same full momentum leading to serious injuries to face, teeth, and eyes.

Latest Comments
  1. TJ 07/09/2014
  2. Katie W 07/01/2014
  3. Gina 06/17/2014
  4. Pierre 06/12/2014
  5. Jody York 06/12/2014
  6. Hal Aaron 01/07/2014
    • Jane 04/16/2014
  7. Terri Conger 06/09/2013
  8. Lisa 06/08/2013
  9. Laura 06/06/2013
    • Dave 06/05/2014
  10. Kent L. Aldershof 06/05/2013
    • Lissie 06/12/2014
    • Bakakiba 06/12/2014
    • ginger 06/22/2014
  11. Caroline Burton 06/04/2013
    • g 06/05/2013
  12. Jane 06/04/2013
  13. mandy 06/04/2013
    • Jen C 06/14/2013
    • Jody York 06/12/2014
  14. Fido 06/04/2013
  15. christine 06/04/2013
    • mandy 06/04/2013
  16. Sandra 06/04/2013
  17. Dawn 06/04/2013
  18. Rachel 06/03/2013
    • Jody York 06/12/2014
  19. Breckyn 06/03/2013
  20. Heather Monique 06/03/2013
    • Anita C 06/03/2013
      • Jen C 06/14/2013
        • Jen C 06/14/2013
  21. Dan 06/03/2013
  22. Michael H 06/03/2013
  23. Suzan Cummings 06/03/2013
    • Lisa 06/03/2013
  24. Janet Withers 06/03/2013
  25. jim andrew 06/03/2013
  26. Charity 06/03/2013
  27. LK 06/03/2013
  28. Kat Crow 06/03/2013
  29. Valerie 06/03/2013
  30. Teresa 06/03/2013
  31. Jeanne 06/03/2013
    • Ashlee 07/02/2013
  32. Jessica 06/03/2013
  33. marianne 06/03/2013
    • KM 06/03/2013
  34. Kim 05/15/2013
    • Jessica 07/12/2013
  35. Cheryl 02/15/2013
    • Channin Dallas, TX USA 03/12/2013
  36. Pamela 02/15/2013
  37. Barb Canfield 12/27/2012
    • Nellie 02/22/2013
      • kelly Bee 03/12/2013
    • Valerie Fox 04/29/2013
  38. Marion 12/20/2012
    • jesse 05/03/2013
      • Tammy Myers 06/03/2013
        • Diana 06/03/2013
    • Barbara 12/28/2013
  39. Deborah Moore 12/19/2012
    • durrrrhhh 06/03/2013
      • Humpty Dumpty 06/03/2013
        • HM Phobe 06/04/2013
          • John 06/04/2013
    • Linda Rogers 06/03/2013
    • Duke's Kingdom 06/03/2013
      • Julie Baker 06/03/2013
    • Jonette Dangerfield 06/03/2013
    • Theresa 06/04/2013
    • Michelle 06/04/2013
      • Mickey 09/21/2013
  40. Margaret Powell 12/19/2012
    • jesse 05/03/2013
      • skloss 06/03/2013
      • KBK 06/03/2013
      • Tammy Myers 06/03/2013
        • Greg 06/03/2013
          • Chris 06/04/2013
      • Renee Mohan 06/05/2013
    • durrrrhhh 06/03/2013
      • Judy Byrd 06/03/2013
        • Jim 06/04/2013
      • Ashlee 07/02/2013
    • John 06/04/2013
      • Chris 06/04/2013
    • Bill 03/25/2014

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact Us    DMCA Notice    Curation Policy    Privacy Policy    Terms Of Use    Media Kit   Subscribe via RSS
×

Join the Dogington Post Mailing List. Get up-to-the-minute recall alerts plus tips, tricks and special deals! Click here.