The flexi-lead or retractable leash, is a tool that is enormously popular with dog owners — and hated by many dog trainers.
I always feel bad for the dogs on prong collars or gentle leaders with a flexi leash. What happens when the dog is walking next to the handler and then suddenly takes off running and hits the end of the leash? Head and/or neck injury at the very least.
I also frequently see people walking their dogs on the sidewalks of busy roads on completely extended flexi leads, 15+ feet away from the handler. What happens when the dog sees something on the other side of the road and bolts into the street? Are you trying to tell me your reflexes are really faster than your dogs and you can somehow "reel in" your dog before it runs into the street? I don't think so.
For all the arguments that you can injure yourself with any leash, sure, ya can; you can injure yourself with any inanimate object. However, a regular leash is not capable of giving you a 15 foot burn mark with a cord; the dog can't get the same running start and a fixed lead isn't meant to let out.. (I'm obviously referring to a regular length leash... you wouldn't be walking down the street with a 25 ft fixed lead - hopefully - but somehow it makes sense to do it with a Flexi.) I remain un-swayed on my stance.. A lot of the pro-Flexi comments here sound like the typical stuff that your average, oblivious Flexi-leash user would say.. Just like I said in the article, I am not saying that there is NO way to use these responsibly, so to those that truly do, I would have to say, I will respectfully agree to disagree with you (because I'm still not sold), but I respect what you're saying. For the comments about using them on small dogs, but not large, I don't totally understand that.. I certainly don't feel size-specific in my opinions on these.. They're just my opinions, anyway. Just one New England trainer's opinions. They're not gospel, and they certainly are not the one & only way to think. I appreciate every single one of you even reading this article, whether we agree or not.
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Introducing the new generation Flexi Vario extending and retractable dog lead with optional Multi Box and LED Light accessories. Allowing your dog freedom of movement while still safely on their lead. Available online at D for Dog Having been in the pet supply industry for many years I have seen, with my own eyes, several cases of loose dogs being maimed or killed because they approached a leashed dog too quickly or assertively and accidentally provoked an attack. I have seen many people, adults and children, with burns and other injuries from flexi-leads. I’ve seen kids with dog bites, and many cases of scrapes and bruises even on people who have never had one of these “worst case scenario” situations happen with their dog.A demonstration of the Flexi dog lead - the most popular brand of dog lead available on the market today. Flexi come in a wide range of sizes to suit individual dogs and also a range of colours and patterns.These issues can be avoided with the use of Halti leads. You can use a Halti lead even on a large and active dog since its design allows for placing appropriate pressure on the muzzle instead of the powerful shoulder and neck areas, as is the case with the Flexi leash.