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The Dangers of Flex Leashes: Why You Should Avoid Them.

The Dangers of Flex Leashes: Why You Should Avoid Them.
June 1, 2023

Pet owners should think twice before using flex leashes on their furry companions. Flex leashes, also known as retractable leashes, have become increasingly popular in recent years. These leashes are not the best option for your pets. In fact, they are quite unsafe.

First and fur-most, flex leashes can give your dog too much freedom. It's like letting your pup run around off-leash, except they're still tethered to you. This can be difficult if you're trying to maintain control over your dog, especially if they decide to chase after a squirrel or another pup. It can also lead to injuries if your dog runs too far and suddenly jerks the leash, causing you or your furry friend to trip or fall. 

Another issue with flex leashes is that they can make it harder to communicate with your dog. Because the leash is so long, you may not be able to correct your dog's behavior as quickly or effectively as you would with a shorter leash. This can be paw-ticularly problematic if your dog is reactive to other dogs or people, as you may not be able to prevent an altercation from happening.

One of the biggest dangers of using a flex leash is the possibility of it breaking or malfunctioning. These leashes can easily snap under the pressure of a strong pull or a sudden jerk, which can put your pet in a dangerous situation. Flex leashes also pose a serious risk of injuries to humans, as they often wrap around legs and hands. They can lead to severe and deep lacerations if a pet pulls hard.

So what's a pet owner to do? Stick with a traditional leash, of course! A regular leash provides more control over your dog and allows for better communication. Plus, you can customize the leash to your pet's size and strength, ensuring that they are comfortable and safe while on walks.

At the end of the day, it's impawtant to prioritize your dog's safety and well-being. By using a regular leash and practicing good leash etiquette, you can ensure that your pets stay happy and safe on walks. 

If you have any questions about leashes, please give us a call at (413) 584-1223 and we’ll be happy to help.