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Dog ropes are a must when we go out with dog. Recently, I have often seen some pet owners use retractable dog leashes. I also have the idea of buying one. But my friend said that this type of dog leash has a safety hazard for dogs.

Is that right?
 

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What "breed" of dog do you see, people walking there dogs with using those?? As aside from "training purposes," they are not really a good idea for a "real dog."

Your first best choice of action is a properly trained dog. Although I don't "know" if your is't?? But hey if he is ... then sure you can walk him on what ever you want. :)

But the only issue I could see, if he bolts and snatch's it out of your hand or he gets in an conflict with another dog and everybody get tangled in, trying to break the dogs up.
 

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For small dogs I do not like them unless combined with a harness. I had well still do have a chihuahua. He was given to my daughter and came with collar & retractable leash. All went well for years until it didn't. He ran and pop ruptured a disc in his neck, $3000. bill. but he was only about 5 at the time. He is now almost 17. For training they can come in handy with a larger dog, good way to work on recall without a lot of extra line to deal with. For walking though I always use a 4-6 ft lead, leather, rope of nylon.
 

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I do not recommend a retractable leash. It provides too many opportunities for accidents, pain, injury for both of you as well as lost pets.
I use a harness on my boxers and my Yorkie. They walk more comfortably, controlled by ME with a suitably managed leash. As previously said, the best control is training, so do that while you're training them with a harness and regular leash. Best of luck with your furfriend!
 

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I'd also say to stay away from them for the reasons noted above, and because we had one years ago with a large dog. Without notice the leash pulled out from the handle. We were able to get the dog to come back to us, but it could turn into a really bad situation.
 

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I'm using a retractable leash with a harness until Duke gets over his puppy stubbornness. Right now, he's very prone to just sitting and looking at stuff, or laying down. He also still bolts and sometimes I just like to let him wander a little. Once past his puppy training, we'll switch to a regular leash and harness.
 

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I'm using a retractable leash with a harness until Duke gets over his puppy stubbornness. Right now, he's very prone to just sitting and looking at stuff, or laying down. He also still bolts and sometimes I just like to let him wander a little. Once past his puppy training, we'll switch to a regular leash and harness.
You can't really train a dog to walk properly on a loose leash using a harness. You have no control of the dog. The time to train him to walk properly is now, using a loose lead and regular collar.

Lot's of info can be found here.:
https://www.boxerforums.com/training-behavior/179513-slip-lead-leash.html
 

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He's just come off a rough puppy cough, so I'm not apt to put any pressure at or around his throat. I have always used harnesses and found them to be sufficient. He's 10 weeks and seems to be learning life pretty quickly.
 

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My husband uses one for one of our dogs. I hate it. If we walk both dogs it gets wrapped around somebody's legs at least 10 percent of the time. We do use harnesses with leashes. It is difficult to determine if another dog is being walked off leash, or has the retractable leash. At a distance you can't tell, and so many people ignore leash laws now. We've had to cross the street quite often just to be on the safe side. You can be juggling bicycles on the sidewalk, baby carriages, and add to it a dog either loose, or on too long a leash.
 

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Personally not a fan of retractable dog leashes, I think they can actually be a danger for powerful breeds because a lot of the reasons listed previously. I like the control of an SSL. Not a fan of harnesses either unless its for bike rides or some type of work.

I guess each individual could use what they feel comfortable with and works for them, but since the OP asked the question, I'm in the no column.
 

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He's just come off a rough puppy cough, so I'm not apt to put any pressure at or around his throat. I have always used harnesses and found them to be sufficient. He's 10 weeks and seems to be learning life pretty quickly.
I did not know you had an actual puppy but if your putting pressure on his neck ...you'd be doing it wrong.

When your playing with him in the yard and keeping an idea on him!! You can let him play while he drags the leash around. He get use to it and you could pick up the leash and just walk the yard for a bit and he will get used to it.

If your letting him run around all willy nilly with a harness that will be what he learns to do. It's a balancing act I suppose??

This trainer is in my SLL thread and it is geared towards puppies. It should help. :)
 
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