6 feet vs 26 feet

A leash is a very important part of your dog’s life. Not only is it used to keep them in proximity and from running away, but it plays a huge role in safety and outdoor activities. Teaching your dog to walk on a leash early is very important because it allows you to take them on adventures and in general just creates a safety barrier between them and the environment.  

Now many dog owners take great tendencies to those 26-foot retractable leashes because it offers the dog great freedom and allows them to sniff everything, without dragging them into the grass or bushes, but there are also a lot of downfalls to them as listed below.

1.     For one, retractable leashes teach your dog to pull on the leash, since they learn that pulling extends the leash. Getting this habit started makes it very hard to break if you ever have to walk your dog on a 6-foot leash. Once your dog has created enough distance between you and them, things can quickly spiral out of control. There are a few scenarios that occur on a regular basis.

2.     If your dog is approached by an aggressive dog, it is very tricky to get a handle of the situation. A 6-foot lead will come in much more efficient as you have more substance in your hand to get a hold of, and not just a thin string.

3.     Another problem with the thin string is that it can easily break. If you have a strong, big dog at the end of your leash, the cord can easily snap, not only putting the dog in danger, but also injuring who is at the other end. A 6-foot could come in different widths and therefore would allow for you to adjust for the strength of your dog.

4.     Getting tangled up in the cord of a retractable leash is not fun. Not only does the leash cause burns and cuts, but it can be as serious as broken bones, road rash and even amputations. A slackline or round 6-foot leash will eliminate these risks if used properly.

5.     Not only can these leashes cause you injuries, but they can also be harmful to the dog due to sudden jerks using the stop button or if the dog pulls past the full extension. Yours and other dogs could also get tangled in the leash. These events have resulted in neck wounds, collapsed tracheas or spinal injuries. Since a 6-foot does not have a stop button and there is not as much distance involved, it will be much more gentle on your dog’s neck.

6.     Since the dog has to pull on the leash to extend it, this can look like aggressive behavior to other dogs, which can result in dog fights. Having a shorter leash will allow you to keep your dog close and out of range from other dogs.

7.     Bulky handles make a comfortable grip, but hard to hold when your dog decides to take off. A 6-foot leash will allow for a tighter and closer grip, lowering the risks of losing the leash and your dog.

8.     When the handle does get pulled out of your hand, a lot of dogs are terrorized by the sound of it bouncing on the concrete. This can make your dog take off running and the fear of the handle “chasing” your dog can cause them to not stop. Even though nothing could happen to your dog, there could be a chance that he or she will remain scared of leashes and walks.

9.     The leashes could stop working properly which can become a pain and results in having to invest in new ones more often than with 6-foot leashes. 

10.  If your dog wasn’t taught how to walk on a 6-foot leash early on, then retractable leashes can become a huge safety hazard, not only to your dog, but you and those around you.

At Pure Pet we sell 4 and 6 foot leashes by Molly Mutt, Mendota and Lupine. All three brands make a great quality leash that has a comfortable handle allowing you to enjoy controlled and safe walks. Stop by the store to try them out!