Retractable Leashes

Ruthanne

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USA
My city has banned retractable leashes! They had banned specific breeds like pit bulls but it was fought by residents and now pitbulls are allowed. The city council retaliated by telling everyone they cannot use a retractable leash any more and must keep their dog "controlled on a 6 foot non-retractable leash."

My dog has been used to using a retractable leash for the past 7 years and now I have to put her on a regular leash. She and I much preferred the retractable leash. This has taken the joy out of me walking my dog! Some say you can control your dog well on a retractable leash and I agree 100%.

If you get caught using one they fine you 100.00!!:mad:🧐👎Edit: I heard the fine has gone up.

Another resident doesn't like it all:

 

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Pecos

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Location
South Carolina
I have seen people using retractable leashes with big dogs get all tangled up and fall.
 

Suzy623

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There are some potential problems with retractable leashes. I've had one to break and my dog got away. Got the dog back but was really fortunate that the leash broke inside the casing. Otherwise I could have been hit by the metal collar clip as it retracted back into the base. I don't see that being a problem that would cause the leash to be banned though. Some people using a standard leash never check the collar on the dog. Some collars will stretch as the dog pulls against a leash and the collar will come off the dog's neck. I've preferred halters, even for my little dog. If they fine you $80 for using a retractable leash, what do they fine you if you don't have a leash at all?
 

win231

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Location
CA
There have been many lawsuits settled out of court for eye injuries including permanent blindness caused by the leash breaking & snapping back & hitting someone in the eye.
I've watched many cases on Court TV involving those leashes - the dog is allowed to approach people who don't like to be approached by dogs.
One case on "People's Court" involved a plaintiff suing a driver for the death of her dog. The idiot dog owner let the dog roam too far on the retractable leash & he wandered into the street where he was hit by a car & killed. She lost the case...and the dog. The judge told her, "It's not the driver's fault that your dog was killed, it's YOUR fault."
The whole idea of such leashes is to allow the dog to roam much farther - which is not a wise idea, since the dog is no longer in your control.
 

SeaBreeze

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USA
I've been using retractable leashes for my dogs for decades, and I really like them. I have two high quality ones which have served me well for all these years. Why are they banned Ruthanne? That would tick me off. I work my leash very well, I get my dog close to me when necessary, and let him roam more freely when nobody is nearby, works perfectly!
 

Judycat

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Location
Pennsylvania
How do you keep your dog from getting into trouble when he's at the full length of the leash? I had dogs who would obey commands fine until another dog appeared. You wouldn't want me walking them on a retractable leash.
 

Ruthanne

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Location
USA
Original Poster
I've been using retractable leashes for my dogs for decades, and I really like them. I have two high quality ones which have served me well for all these years. Why are they banned Ruthanne? That would tick me off. I work my leash very well, I get my dog close to me when necessary, and let him roam more freely when nobody is nearby, works perfectly!
Banned because of city council wants to be vendictive in my opinion. The story says it's because pitbulls are allowed now and they don't want pitbulls on the retractable leashes so they ban them for all dogs.......grrrrrr.
 
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Ruthanne

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Location
USA
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How do you keep your dog from getting into trouble when he's at the full length of the leash? I had dogs who would obey commands fine until another dog appeared. You wouldn't want me walking them on a retractable leash.
Then simply don't.
 

Ruthanne

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Location
USA
Original Poster
There have been many lawsuits settled out of court for eye injuries including permanent blindness caused by the leash breaking & snapping back & hitting someone in the eye.
I've watched many cases on Court TV involving those leashes - the dog is allowed to approach people who don't like to be approached by dogs.
One case on "People's Court" involved a plaintiff suing a driver for the death of her dog. The idiot dog owner let the dog roam too far on the retractable leash & he wandered into the street where he was hit by a car & killed. She lost the case...and the dog. The judge told her, "It's not the driver's fault that your dog was killed, it's YOUR fault."
The whole idea of such leashes is to allow the dog to roam much farther - which is not a wise idea, since the dog is no longer in your control.
Obviously you've never used one of the leashes. You can control a dog on them if you know how to use it correctly. There are going to be defective products in every kind of thing made and people are always going to sue.
 

Ruthanne

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Location
USA
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There are some potential problems with retractable leashes. I've had one to break and my dog got away. Got the dog back but was really fortunate that the leash broke inside the casing. Otherwise I could have been hit by the metal collar clip as it retracted back into the base. I don't see that being a problem that would cause the leash to be banned though. Some people using a standard leash never check the collar on the dog. Some collars will stretch as the dog pulls against a leash and the collar will come off the dog's neck. I've preferred halters, even for my little dog. If they fine you $80 for using a retractable leash, what do they fine you if you don't have a leash at all?
Yes, in every kind of product made there are going to be defective ones. I have a great one that's never failed in 7 years. I paid a lot for it. I don't know what they would fine you for not having a leash at all. I don't know every petty law this city makes.
 

SeaBreeze

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Location
USA
I did that too. Tonight I used a regular leash on our walk but Suzy got tangled in it and I had to untangle her. I have a high quality retractable one too that I paid a good price for and it's never failed in 7 years.
I know what you mean. When I use a regular 6' leash, I have to use two hands to make sure it doesn't hang too low when the dog is not at full length. They do seem to wrap up in their legs, where you have to bend over and pull it through to continue walking. The retractable keeps the leash taut.
 

Suzy623

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I only let my dogs full out on their retractable leashes when I'm walking them on our own property; otherwise I keep them pretty close, especially the smaller one because she can get a little snippy if strangers come too close to me. The one I had break was one I'd had for several years so it may have been defective. I bought another one and have had it for 4-5 years and no problems. The one for my larger dog was bought when the defective one for my smaller dog was bought and I've had no problems with it. And, yes, the good ones are pricey but they are worth it for my girls.
 

win231

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Location
CA
Obviously you've never used one of the leashes. You can control a dog on them if you know how to use it correctly. There are going to be defective products in every kind of thing made and people are always going to sue.
No, I've never used one of the leashes. I know a bad idea when I see one.
 

Bonnie

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Location
Texas Coast
I only use retractable leashes walking my dog. Cannot imagine having to use a 6' leash for walks.... I have one, and it is only used for visits to the vet. And that is a most annoying time.
When he is on the 6' leash, he gets all tangled up, and usually under my feet. .. I don't feel like I am in control with it, only feels like I am going to fall on my face.
 
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Ruthanne

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Location
USA
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I don't but can't say the same for other people. Can you?
Yes. People are free to do as they wish, buy what they want, etc. I have enough troubles with my own life I can't be overly concerned about the whole world.

I did not start this thread to debate people on this issue. I was voicing my outrage and venting.
 
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Ruthanne

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USA
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I only use retractable leashes walking my dog. Cannot imagine having to use a 6' leash for walks.... I have one, and it is only used for visits to the vet. And that is a most annoying time.
When he is on the 6' leash, he gets all tangled up, and usually under my feet. .. I don't feel like I am in control with it, only feels like I am going to fall on my face.
Exactly. I have been using the standard leash now and it's a real pain. I have to hold it up so my dog doesn't get her leg caught up in it. She goes slower with the standard leash too. She doesn't complain of course but I'm doing that for her... 😌
 

SeaBreeze

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Location
USA
Exactly. I have been using the standard leash now and it's a real pain. I have to hold it up so my dog doesn't get her leg caught up in it. She goes slower with the standard leash too. She doesn't complain of course but I'm doing that for her... 😌
I use one hand to hold the end of the leash with the loop, and the other hand to work the slack. That's the only way to keep it from getting tangled in my dog's legs and having to undo it. I used a regular leash when I was training my dog to walk 'at heel' next to me on neighborhood walks, it was work even though it was a simple leash.

I can't control what other people do with their dogs, but I can control the way I react to it. If I see someone coming toward me with their dog on a retractable and they don't bring the dog close to them as they near me, then I have to control what happens when we pass each other. Even at the dog park where dogs were running around freely (and leashed), I had no problems when my dogs were pups and not allowed yet to be off lead.

Some people are just inconsiderate and ruin it for everyone, that's why they keep making more and more rules. :rolleyes:
 

SeaBreeze

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Location
USA
Banned because of city council wants to be vendictive in my opinion. The story says it's because pitbulls are allowed now and they don't want pitbulls on the retractable leashes so they ban them for all dogs.......grrrrrr.
I use one hand to hold the end of the leash with the loop, and the other hand to work the slack. That's the only way to keep it from getting tangled in my dog's legs and having to undo it. I used a regular leash when I was training my dog to walk 'at heel' next to me on neighborhood walks, it was work even though it was a simple leash.

I can't control what other people do with their dogs, but I can control the way I react to it. If I see someone coming toward me with their dog on a retractable and they don't bring the dog close to them as they near me, then I have to control what happens when we pass each other. Even at the dog park where dogs were running around freely (and leashed), I had no problems when my dogs were pups and not allowed yet to be off lead.

Some people are just inconsiderate and ruin it for everyone, that's why they keep making more and more rules. :rolleyes:
 

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