Why Retractable Leads Can Be Dangerous?

1st March 2018

Retractable Lead

Many of us enjoy taking our dogs for a daily walk so they can explore different sights and smells and stay mentally and physically stimulated. What you may not realise is the lead you use can dramatically affect how your dog walks on a lead. Retractable leads are quite popular mainly because pet parents think these leads will give their dogs a little extra freedom to sniff and poke around on walks.

There are many hazards associated with these for both you and your dog!

Many retractable leads come with an 8 metre cord, allowing the dog to get far enough from you that it could escape or get hurt. Too many Bark Busters dog trainers have seen dogs bolt into the street or approach a dog that wasn’t friendly. If your dog encounters an aggressive dog, it may be very difficult to get your dog to come back quickly enough or gain control of a difficult situation.

The thinner cord of a retractable lead can break. Retractable leads have been known to sever fingers and have caused pet owners to fall as the dogs pulls them along. Owners have experienced cuts, burns, bruises, broken bones and road rash.

If you suddenly have to jerk the lead, your dog could sustain a neck injury, a lacerated trachea or an injury to the spine. Dogs have also been injured when they get twisted in the cord causing injury to their tail and legs.

If your dog is at all fearful, the sound of a retractable lead falling out of your hands may frighten him, causing him to take off running. The clunky handle then seems like it is chasing him, causing him to be fearful of walks in general.

Retractable leads can easily break either refusing to extend, retract or unspool at all.

Like many behaviours, walking correctly on a lead is a learned behaviour. It is harder for a dog to learn to walk quietly by your side if he has a lead that gives him too much lead.

Bark Busters feel dogs should learn to walk politely on a regular lead or harness, and to stay close enough to their human to be safe. A retractable lead too often encourages pulling and can be an accident waiting to happen!

Bark Busters - Speaking Dog the Bark Busters Way
The World's Largest Dog Training Company

follow Bark Busters

Join our e-mail newsletter to keep up to date with our news & dog training tips

Subscribe to Newsletter

Click here to unsubscribe


Be part of one of the worlds largest dog training companies and join one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. Bark Busters has business areas available within Australia. You have the opportunity to join the growing Bark Busters Dog trainers community as we expand our areas across Australia. Achieve the prestige and rewards that come from owning a business you will love. Find out more

© 2019 All Rights Reserved Bark Busters Home Dog Training