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Longest retractable dog lead?(29 Posts)
I have googled this and apparently the Flexi Explore is the longest but I can't find it available here in the UK.
I am searching for a long retractable lead for our little jrt due to him repeatedly legging it when let off.
Sorry my question is does anyone know of one?
Get a longline instead.
Clips onto their harness and much, much safer than extendable leads as they won't snap or cause injury.
Never, ever use either on a collar.
Flexi professional have a 10m long one but am not sure if it's overly heavy for a JRT?
I'll second the longline option, I'm not a fan of Flexi leads as they reward the dog for pulling and they can damage themselves by jerking it trying to go to far too fast.
We use a training lead that has 3 fixed lengths.
Don’t. Just don’t. I went for a longer one. All it does is give them more of a run up and speed. I went flying. Nearly broke my arm.
Another positive for a long line. Attach to harness and you can let it trail on the floor and walk alongside ready to stand on it if he sudden decides to take off, or you can hold one end. Much safer than a retractable.
I tried my big golden retriever on a long extendable lead. It was like having a bloody rhino on the end of a cheese wire 🤣. Don’t. Unless you have a chihuahua!
Don't go for extendable , mines in the bin. Get a long line. Got mine from amazon , god send for training
Don't get extendable - dangerous. Long line is safer
I use a horse lunge line. I have a larger dog tho, but retractable stuff can break. Make sure the lunge line is used with a harness and not a collar.
I've used a retractable lead for years with my small dog without any trouble at all and I've never had one break.
One of the reasons I use one is because where I often walk her there are a lot of high steep banks beside deep water and whilst her recall is very reliable, if she were to slip down one of the banks I'd never be able to reach her and I'm not sure if she's be able to get back out. It allows her to roam but keeps her safe and I don't have to juggle a long line. In the park she's off lead.
But, I wouldn't use one on a dog that was unpredictable or likely to bolt, nor would I use one on a large dog.
Retractable is no good when trying to train recall as pps have said a long line should be used for that.
I can't see the necessity or desirability of having a very long retractable lead especially for a small dog.
Also if you do use one the tape ones are much better than the thin wire ones which can snap very easily.
As adaline says they must never be attached to a collar.
They seem to be universally hated on here but used sensibly and properly with a dog that has been trained not to pull they're absolutely fine.
It's also wise to have a normal lead available as a retractable isn't suitable.
*a retractable isn't always suitable in certain situations, that should be.
Yes, the reason we don't use an extendable is because we have a medium sized teenage dog who is prone to follow his nose and pull sharply! I wouldn't trust an extendable lead on him whereas I would completely trust a long line.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to say that I am aware not to use an extending lead attached to a collar. My little dog is approaching 12 months old and has lately been running off, his recall was previously very good. I just wanted a long lead really to give him scope to safely wander around on the field and keep him safe while practicing his recall. A long line seems a good option. Thanks for the help.
Lead ropes for horses are a really good, cheap and safer alternative to retractable dog leads.
Amazon stock lead ropes, long lines and lunge reins with a standard clip attachment from just a fiver.
Don't use a standard collar and retractable lead for training they're not safe and give you zero control when you need it most.
I have always used lead ropes attached them to a harnesses for full control during training just for reassurance and to avoid any slipping of collars or lead flex lines snapping.
Link below to simple standard type lead rope.
The long retractable dog leash did provide my dog with more space for activities and also provided me with a lot of conveniences. We all like it.
However, in some parts of the United States, more than 16 feet of retractable dog leash is not allowed to be used in public. When you want to buy the longest dog leash, you need to consult before making a decision.
Here is a guiding of a retractable dog leash. I found it useful, at least I have gained a lot. Hopefully, it helped you. www.iluobin.com/best-extendable-dog-leash.html
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Another longline fan here. Really useful for reeling back in a dog that wants to go self-employed. You can let it drag and work on recall and heel while having some control.
Please do not use a retractable lead ever. They are totally unnecessary and a danger to dogs, pedestrians and cyclists. Teach your dog to walk to heel - that is by far the better option.
There’s a real risk of neck injury with retractable leads
We used the flexi professional 10m with our previous dog (rescue with poor recall when anywhere interesting), and I never had any issues, though you need to be always very aware of what’s going on around you. My other half wasn’t so great at using it, so they don’t suit everyone.
She’d had zero training previously, so was a bit of a nightmare to begin with. longline was a total nightmare, with her at least, as she was an expert in tying people up, you also ended up with a stinking wet longline if you were out anywhere damp.
Use them with a harness rather than a collar is best.
I tried a longline yesterday for the first time yesterday with my 10kg JRT, it was a nightmare,absolutely shredded my hands to pieces, how do people get around this problem?
I am at a loss to understand why, people cannot or will not train their dogs to walk to heel!! All of my dogs - even my rescue lurcher - were taught to walk, on a loose lead at my side. It is not difficult!! Just common sense.