Walking the dog is a favourite pastime for many of us. It’s a great way of getting exercise and getting out and about, and gives both the dog and owner a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. How you restrain your dog is up to you, but many people have found that a retractable dog lead is the best way to go about it.
Before we go on, we must say that having a dog on a lead does not mean it should not be properly trained. A dog should be obedient and under your control at all times, whether on a lead or not. Many owners think that a retractable lead means they can let their dog wander as and when it wants; this is not considerate of other walkers – and dog owners – so please make sure your dog is trained.
What are the benefits of a retractable lead? Well, despite what we said above, this sort of lead does give the dog more freedom than a traditional type. It allows the animal to sniff around – as dogs are wont to do – in its own time, and for the walker to enjoy the walk at a more leisurely pace.
Popular items, there are many different retractable dog leads available, and some are more sophisticated than others. We took a look at the benefits for you, so you can work out what you need to look for when choosing the one for you.
Why a Retractable Lead?
The retractable lead allows for greater comfort and freedom of movement for the dog during the walk, but as we have said, that doesn’t mean you should effectively let it run wild. It is a great way of allowing the dog to explore a wider area, while keeping it under control.
There are a couple of factors to consider when choosing a lead of this type: one is the length, as you need to be able to give your dog plenty of range for its walk. Another very important factor is the strength of the lead. The bigger the dog, the stronger your lead needs to be, so it is vital you make sure you buy a lead that can handle larger breeds if that is what you will be walking.
Also, we recommend you look for a lead that has a safety catch, a mechanism whereby you can fix the lead at a set length. Taking care not to let the lead become tangled with other objects – or other leads – is also important, and you should be careful when letting it out if your dog has a tendency to pull.
General care and attention, as you would apply at all times when walking your dog, is the rule, but however you look at it, a retractable lead is a far more convenient one than a standard, fixed length lead. Check out the various models on offer and you will surely find one that suits your budget, and enjoy your dog walks to the full.