Retractable leashes, sometimes referred to as flexileads, are pretty common to find in a dog owner’s stash of dog items. Leashes play a very important role in training your dog and sure, they may sound like a good idea as you can control the length of your dog’s leash from moment to moment, but just like any training tool, proper usage is key. Listed below are some potential hazards that are associated with these types of leashes.
Alright so clearly I’m not a fan of using a retractable leash, so what should you use? I prefer a simple leather leash that is 6′ in length, about 1/2″ – 3/4″ wide. Regardless of what type of leash you are using, going for a walk with your dog should involve keeping your dog next to you in a control position, there should be slack in your dog’s leash, and he should generally be looking in the direction you are traveling. Just like most things we do with our dogs, structure is key! If you would like to learn more about how to add structure to your dog’s walk, please contact an Austin Dog Trainer to show you how!