tragic using retractable.

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  1. candy722

    candy722 New Member

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    One of my friend's friend ran over a dog yesterday. THe person was crossing the street and the dog was way behind with a long retractable leash. So she saw the man cross the street but no dog so made a right turn and ran over a dog. The dog was like medium size so I guess you can't see the dog if it was right infront of your car. I just can't believe someone who will leave their dog 50 feet behind while crossing the street. Whose there to blame for a situation like this? That is why I carry my dog when I cross the street cause you never know.
     
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    shredhead (DOG LOVER) Dog Spoiler

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    Thats why I use a leash that keeps my dog's close to me. Enough crazy people and crazy dogs out here.Need a way to get them behind me in case something happens.

    -Jon
     
  3. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    I feel sorry for your friend Candy722! She must be really upset! I always walk with Gus next to my leg.
     
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    2pups622 Soon to Be 4 Pups!!

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    thats sad but its the owners fault i walked kayko on a retratable leash but i use it as a regular one till get get where i can let it loose~ its so sad
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    DO NOT DO NOT LIKE RETRACTABLE LEASHES!!!! my leash (because my dog is tall ) is tless than three feet..more like two. That is all i ever needed unless i was in charge of a short dog..all the length does is make the situation worse..i am sooooo sorry for your friend..oh how sick they must feel.
     
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    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    Same here smkie there are so many dangers with those things. My vet once told me a story that just chunred my stomach about those darn things. This man brought in his dog who got in a dog fight. The dog turned out to be fine but was on a retractable leash during the fight. Well his owner was just wearing shorts and the leash cut into his leg really badly. He hadent been to doctor for himself yet when he brought his dog in and so my vet said he was bleeding all down his leg and on the floor.

    He said he also had a dog brought in that some neighbors brought in because their neighbors had kepted the dog chained up just with a retable? The dog did'nt even have a coller and so just had this sharp nylon rope and it dug into the poor things neck.

    My own personaly story with those darn things my sister owns two one for Jordan and One for Baby Doll. One day my oldest nephew christian was walking Jordan and Baby Doll when *dun dun dun* a squirrel ran out in front and boths dogs walked it. Well we look back on this now and laguh but Jordan is much bigger and stranger then Baby Doll and was kinda walking behind christian (he was just walking them around the yard) and so when he ran after the squirrel it tripped and him and gave him a perfect rope burn across both his shins. At this point he not being ver responsible wasent putting up much of a fight with Baby Doll and when she pulled away the handle part of the leashe flew up and hit him under the eye. So the poor kid had rope burn and a black eye.

    Needless to say im not a big fan of these leashes.
     
  7. candy722

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    I never liked the idea of retractable. My boyfriend uses it and I think it's bad. I don't think it's a good idea to let your dog ahead of you 25 ft. When your walking outside you will be full responsible for your dog and you never know what will happen. Maybe someone may walk by and your dog don't like the person and bite them. How fast can you stop your dog from bitting a stranger when their 25 ft ahead? My dog don't bite but that was just an example. Oh yeah , my friend's friend was terrified that day. It's like you know it isn't your fault but you still feel bad because you ran over an innocent dog that caught in your blind spot.
     
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    Ya, the feeling must be horrible. I felt bad when I accidentally stepped on a frog. A mammal must be 10000000000000 times worse.

    -Jon
     
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    I use a retractable leash when walking my dogs but it only has about 10 feet of leeway, also my dogs are trained to wait at the crosswalk for me and they walk next to me while crossing just as my children do.
    Also I am always aware of our surroundings and I "reel them in" if there are people coming towards us.
    I think it is quite handy for a situation where you can't let your dog off lead but you still want it to be able to go and sniff around without pulling you with them.
    That is so sad for your friend, I would say it is the owners responsibility 100%.
     
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    I have three dogs and one 16' retractable Flexi lead. I only use this when we are away from any dangers, like cars. Yesterday I couldn't find Tippy's 4' nylon lead so I put her on the Flexi. I kept it locked at around 2' most of the walk. Once a week I walk a small dog, and I think her owners only have two retractables. One is 10', which I usually walk her on. She can't go in the street with it and I either pick her up when crossing streets or lock it at a short length and cross.
     
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    Some one I know used retractable leads with his siberians when walking, as they are not really the dog you allow to run of lead, last year one of the dogs ran very quickley and hit the full length of this lead for somereason the lead unclipped and shot back into his face and severly damaged his eye, this has left him partially blind now, after this happened I refused to use one with my dogs.

    Mo
     
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    I use a leash on Toki that is only 3.75 foot away from me. He doesn't pull and he knows when to slow down if Im tired so no point of me to use a retractable. Im sure retractables are good to use for dogs that pulls and you just feel like your getting dragged by dog. Oh well.
     
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    OMG! Can you imagine mine on retractables? All they'd need is more leash to get up a good head of steam if they were to decide to take off . . . Short leashes for my bunch!

    When I've got the two of them I use 4' leashes. I just love the funny looks I get when I've got both girls leashed side by side. If I've got Bimmer with them I put him on a 6' leash so he can walk a bit ahead of them. I guess he's my lead dog, hm, Pits?
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    Renee, I hope they don't see something when you're walking them. I can just imagine you being pulled/dragged? by 3 dogs. Wish I could see a pic of the 3 of them together. How big are Shiva & Kharma now? I just love those little (ha ha) girls!
     
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    tl_ashmore Spoiled Rotten Dog

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    Yeah, Renee, when are you going to post some more recent pictures??? I used to have a retractable leash, but it didn't last long. I had never used one before and thought I would try it out. Well, needless to say, I don't use it anymore. I've seen some people walking their dogs with those leashes, and they are so long, that when the dog wants to run, they can build up plenty of speed, then they hit the end of the leash, and it just kind of yanks them back. Not a fan of those things.
     
  16. candy722

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    Oh I just noticed something. I took Toki out for a walk in my neighbor hood and usually im the only one but that day someone also took their dog out for a walk with a retractable. Once the dog saw us the dog jump out to bark at us and the dog was on the street about 25 feet. Can you image your dog doing that in main street.
     

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