With a retractable lesh, you only have minimal control of the dog. Dogs are fast, and it's a matter of seconds before he or she is far enough ahead to run into traffic, bounce on an approaching person, or get into some other form of trouble.
Remember, your dog being sweet and well behaved doesn't mean that every dog - and person - you meet will love him or her. The long leash might also get entangled in trees, bushes, park benches, people, and other dogs.
It is much harder to hold on to the bulky handle of a retractable leash than an ordinary leash, especially if you have a strong dog. And, if you drop it, it might scare your dog. If you keep the loop of a regular leash around your wrist and hold on to it, the dog won't pull it off.
The cords in retractable leashes are generally thin. The cord is strong, but a strong dog who takes off running at full speed can still snap it - or hurt himself when the cord doesn't snap. If the cord breaks you might lose your dog.
A dog pulling on the end of a retractable leash can send an unfortunate wrong signal to other dogs. Your dog is just pulling, but it can look like a sign of aggression, and cause an unnecessary confrontation.
Retractable leashes can be great for well behaved and well trained dogs who walk well without pulling or taking off, but even then it's important to be extra observant since the dog might not be right by your side.
What type of leash do you use, and what do you think of it?
~ Maria Sadowski ~