Walking the dog and not letting the dog walk you: focus on extendable leashes

Walking the dog and not letting the dog walk you: focus on extendable leashes

First and foremost: Thank you to our new readers and followers and to our readers and followers getting the word out to other pet parents about Blog Four Paws! The response to our Walking the Dog posting has been great, and due to that great response we’re organizing some more giveaways for the near future!
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Now down to business, we’ve had some e-mails and questions regarding the Flexi leashes we’re giving away and extendable lashes in general. So we’ve decided to address them in a review-type post so everyone’s questions can be answered throughly.

Extendable leashes are a great tool for pet parents who have different needs when walking their dogs, but have a tendency to not be used as they were intended and do more harm than good. Using the leash correctly makes all the difference as to wether you as a pet parent feel it is a good or bad product.

What I enjoy about my Flexi leash, is it allows my dog freedom to roam around while at the park or in the field by our house while still being on a lead but not only being able to venture four to six feet away from my side. It also allows me to keep my dogs closer to me while we’re walking than a standard six foot leash without having to carry the additional leads in my pocket.

However with the convenience of having your all in one lead, you also have a heavier leash. Depending on what size leash you have will depend on the weight but it will weigh more than your standard nylon lead. The other “con” to the flexible leash is your dog has the potential to take control of the situation if you are not careful; always pay attention and read your dog’s body language as you don’t want them to catch sight (or scent) of something and take off. You should always be prepared to lock you expandable leash at all times and should be ready to call and command your dog to revert the attention back to you.

In our previous Walking the dog posting we included a short video from Flexi showing some how-to and safety information; the most important thing to do is maintain control of your pet while they are on the leash not only to keep the situation for your pet safe  but for you, other pets and other pet parents as well.


Featured Photo Courtesy: Lulu Hoeller

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