Do you need a neat and compact leash? One that gives you the flexibility to both safely walk your dog in high traffic areas, however at the same time offers you some freedom to let him roam? Or, do you perhaps happen to live in an area that is plagued by “leash only” signs? Does this ruin your pups ability to adventure? Either way, the retractable dog leash may be the perfect solution for you.
Features of a good retractable dog leash
- Swivel Clip: A swivel clip prevents your leash from twisting into a knot. This would make the retractable functionality stop working altogether.
- Locking Type/Mechanism: Most retractable leashes offer a stop or lock button. These press against the coil of leash available, or against the strand currently being released. This stops the leash from being released any further.
- Cord or Tape Leash Type: Cord-style leashes are often the lighter-weight option and can work for smaller dogs. However, they also pose a greater risk of possible injury. Separately, the tape-style leash is stronger and can work for small and large dogs.
- Attachments: These make retractable leashes even more useful. Some of the most popular attachments are; an attachable flashlight, poop bag holder, and even a treat holding pouch.
Other considerations when choosing a good retractable dog leash
- Comfort: Opt for an ergonomically-designed grip that offers ultimate comfort.A nice anti-slip grip would be a plus.
- Grip: a comfortable grip can make your walkies all the more enjoyable.
- Length: The length you end up choosing will depend on a few factors. Notably, the areas that you plan on walking and how well behaved your dog is. If you’re planning on walking through dense undergrowth or woodlands, a shorter lead is advisable.
- Size: For the love of your arms and shoulders – opt for a lightweight option.
- Colour/Visibility: When out walking your dog, especially if you’re going to give your dog a longer distance to roam – it’s important that you can see him easily and, more importantly, that other walkers and passing drivers can, too.
There’s such a wide variety of leashes, it can be difficult to know which leash or chain to choose. When looking for a new leash, consider style and function. Finding a well made, durable leash that’s comfortable for both you and your pet is key to keeping your dog active and happy. Be keen to consider the strain on your wrist or hands from the wrist, especially when you have a strong dog.
Pro tip: Never pull on the leash to try to get your dog’s attention, which will inadvertently teach your dog to pull back.
Read more about considerations for chains and whether or not to tether your dog here;