Moreover, retractable leashes can also pose a hazard to other people. When extended to full length, they can be a trip hazard, acting like a clothesline to other dogs and people. To make matters work, they have a habit of becoming hopelessly tangled with others’ dog leashes.
All things considered, even though convenient at times, retractable leashes can often be cumbersome, too slow to adjust, and, when not carefully and consistently used, all too often reinforce poor leash habits for dogs. They are not the best option when selecting a lifetime leash for your dog, so we recommend giving them a pass.
Now, let’s review the benefits of fixed-length leashes used in loose leash training and, eventually, in loose leash walking.