Average rating: 7.2 out of 10
What exactly is it?
A dual retractable dog leash to make it easier to walk two dogs at once, without getting tangled up. It has separate lock and release buttons to control each lead. Fairly light weight and has a swivel action to keep the two leads separate.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:
- The separate lock and release buttons are color coded to match each lead, so it’s easier to know which dog you are stopping and releasing
- 10ft is quite a good length for an extendable lead – not too long and allows you to stay in relatively good control of your dog
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD:
- Using a retractable lead incorrectly can lead to problems and even serious injury, so make sure you read ALL instructions before using
- Some users have found the “locking buttons” quite stiff and requiring a lot of strength to operate them
- These type of leads are not good if you need to react quickly – e.g. if you quickly need to get your dog to heel or out of the way of a hazard
I think it’s best if I relay my own experience of retractable leashes. With a 100lb German Shepherd dog, we made the decision right from the start that a static leash was going to work best for him and us. Especially in the early days, when he was very friendly towards other dogs and didn’t know his own strength. However, I have witnessed first hand many dog walkers in our local areas using retractable leashes.
In the main they are usually small-breed dogs, which in most cases work fine. However, in the wrong hands these leads are a disaster – they shouldn’t be used as a free rein to let dogs wander as far ahead of the owner as the lead goes, especially towards other dogs or children. I witnessed a husky who raced away from it’s owner on an extendable lead, and wrapped it around an adult, a child in a buggy and a much smaller dog, not once but several times. What a tangle! No-one was hurt, but I think this goes to show that they are not really suitable for big dogs, particularly if they are relatively young and untrained.
You also need to take care you don’t get your hands tangles in retractable leads – especially any that are finer or wiry in nature. You could end up with serious damage to your hand, especially if for some reason your dog gets out of control.
My advice is fine to try for small to medium dogs, but steer clear for large or untrained dogs.
I hope you have found this useful. If you have anything to add, or want to share your own experiences, please feel free to leave a comment below. You are always welcome to stop by!