Retractable Leashes: A Convenience or A Liability?
A walk is arguably one of the most enjoyable times for a dog. While a variety of leashes exist, it is important to note the most reliable and safe type to use. Although retractable leashes allow our companions more flexibility to sniff and explore, there are some unfortunate drawbacks to them. In order to Reduce Canine Liability Risks, consider the following information about retractable leashes.
What most owners don’t realize is that putting your dog on a leash immediately changes the innate character of our furry friends. In a sense, they are trapped. As such, we are preventing them from escaping danger or avoiding dogs, people, or other presumable threats.
On the other hand, the 15 to 26 foot lead that retractable leashes provide can put your pup in danger. Your dog could easily venture out into the street or come in contact with an aggressive dog, all of which would be impossible to control from so far away. In addition, the thin cord of the retractable leash isn’t durable enough to withstand a large dog taking off at full speed- it would easily snap.
Retractable leashes can be physically dangerous to both humans and dogs, as well. In the event someone tries to grab the leash to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, bruises, road rash, and even broken bones, as mentioned by Healthy Pets. Dogs that are yanked back when they run out of leash can experience neck wounds and even spine injuries depending on the severity.
Although the leash handle is designed to fit the owner’s hand with comfort, they are often bulky and can be easily snatched out of the hand by an excited pooch. Thus, resulting in a loose dog who could potentially run away.
Last but not least, it is important to note that the training of the dog should be considered before using a retractable leash, should you choose one. As pulling the leash extends the lead, dogs that are not properly trained on walking with their owners will naturally learn to always pull when walking.
At Canine Liability, we want to ensure the safety and protection of your dogs. We understand the risks you face as a dog owner, and have expertly crafted insurance solutions to satisfy these needs. To learn more, contact us today at 855.534.6495.