Tag: retractable leash

Your Retractable leash May Be Causing Your Dog Harm

Excessive paw licking in dogs – It may not be allergies

Interesting article.


This doctor found a connection between excessive paw licking and dogs who pulled on the leash or their guardians used a collar attached to a retractable leash.

Some things I learned or were reinforced to me from this article are:

#1.  Don’t attach the leash to your dog’s collar.  Your dogs collar should be a tool used to carry it’s identification.

#2. Using a retractable leash attached to their collar (on any size dog) encourages pulling and can ultimately harm your dog.


#3.  Using a harness in conjunction with a nylon or leather leash is the best option


The good news is:

With the right treatment and tools you can help your dog heal in as little as 8 weeks.

For these reasons, and many others, our pet sitters are instructed to never use a retractable leash or walk a dog that is known to pull with the leash attached to their collar.

The Best and Worst Dog Leashes

Is the dog leash you are using potentially dangerous to you?

We love seeing dogs walking their people.  Often times when we see dogs out for walks with their people we see some things that could be potentially dangerous for the dog and their walker.  One of those things being the tool the walker is using to walk the dog.  Meaning…the leash.

In a recent Post by Columbia Animal Hospital, they showed the dangers of using a retractable leash.  Click the post link and see the image below.  This is just a small example of the damage a retractable leash can do.



I would have to say that the WORST leash you can use while walking your dog is a retractable leash.  As the post mentions, pet owners like them because the dogs LOVE them.  The dogs get to run ahead, sniff, fall behind then run ahead again.  Oh, sweet freedom.  The downside?  If an unleashed dog comes rushing at your dog, you may not have time to “reel” your dog in to avoid attack.  Then you go into panic mode and the above could happen to you.  This person’s finger was sliced nearly to the bone. Retractable leashes can also break, where the retractable mechanism doesn’t work anymore.   In the desert, during snake season, you have no control over where your dog sticks his nose.  You are putting your dog at risk of being bitten.

After seeing this article, it spiked a conversation between my sitters and I.  Here is what our sitters said about leashes…

“I like just a basic nylon leash or a leather leash. I feel like I have more control with the dog and I also like traffic leashes, a very short leash, I can keep my dog at a heel at all times :)” – Melissa

“I like leather leashes. I feel like leather is strong but also has a little flexibility. It is harder to get cut with a nice leather leash.” – Tami

In our dog walking experience, here are the top 3 leashes we like to use:
#1  Nylon

#2  Leather

#3  Traffic leashes – or similarly, the nylon long leash with a secondary traffic leash handle.

What kind of leash do you use to walk your dog?