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Dog Retractable Leash - How to Select the Best Retractable Lead

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If you're looking for a retractable dog leash, you're in luck! There are many designs, colors, lengths and features to choose from. Finding the right one can be difficult unless you know what to look for. Here are some tips to help!

Features to Consider in a Retractable Dog Leash

  • Materials
  • Length
  • Weight of cord
  • Size
  • Handle design
  • Safety
  • Locking mechanism design
  • Fashion
  • Available accessories
  • Ease of use
  • Intended purpose (walking, training or other)

    Desirable Features in a Retractable Dog Leash

  • Easy to clean
  • Safe
  • Durable
  • Guaranteed
  • Easy to operate
  • Compact
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Can hang on hook
  • Anti-tangle
  • Strong braking mechanism
  • Quiet, smooth action

    Features to Avoid in a Retractable Dog Leash

  • Flimsy cords that could break
  • Uncomfortable handles
  • Hard to operate or flimsy locking mechanisms

    Ideal Retractable Lead Choice for Dogs

    The ideal retractable lead choice is a sturdy cord lead appropriate to the weight of your dog. Choose a length that will give your dog enough ‘freedom” without sacrificing your ability to control him or her. Look for a strong and easy to use braking or locking mechanism.

    Shopping and Safety Tips in a Retractable Dog Leash

  • Anti-tangle cords are a must.

  • Look for a good quality metal clip to fasten to a metal ring on the collar, a sturdy cord, and a smooth, quiet, reliable retraction mechanism with a tough braking system.

  • Be sure to buy an appropriate size for the weight of the dog.

  • Retractable leashes may not offer enough control for large breed dogs.

  • Some retractable leads have additional custom-fit accessories available for holding pet waste bags, keys and other small items.

  • Keep the locking mechanism engaged with a shorter lead when in crowded public areas such as a pet store, veterinarian's office or on walks around the neighborhood.

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