Our Warning About Retractable Leads

These leads can have their place, but full extension next to a road isn’t one of them. We know you’ve seen it too!

Any experienced dog walker/trainer, will usually avoid these like the plague unless it’s the only option given by an owner when working with recall issues.

Here’s a couple of risk factors involved:

1. Lacerations caused by tangles, to dogs and humans (Rope Style)

2. Burns

3. Snaps

4. Dislocated shoulders

5. Failed locking mechanism (leads to uncontrollable dogs)

6. Grip fail (Leads to the lead “chasing” the dog and and untrained or anxious dog will run for evermore)

7. Dental injuries (When dogs try to bite their leads)

If these alone aren’t enough to put you off nothing will, but if you're set on using them then use the ribbon type, it removes some of the above risks.

There are safer alternatives for recall training, such as long lines, lunge lines (used for horses) , we’d always recommend doing recall training in secure fields/areas.

Never use these at full extension or even mid extension in public areas, you have ZERO control , even if your dog is “fine” what happens when a frantic dog comes running over in a park and they both end up with serious injuries due to entanglement?

It’s just not worth the risk, therefore constantly having them on lock on the shortest setting makes the whole lead redundant, so choose a better one!

We highly recommend Biothane Bert dog leads and collars. They offer a wide range of different leads which are perfect for your dog walks. Their website is https://www.biothanebert.dog/


BioThane® is the brand name of all coated webbing products made by BioThane Coated Webbing Corp. It’s basically a polyester webbing with a TPU or PVC coating that makes it more durable, waterproof and easy to clean

Why do we use Biothane?

Its incredibly strong: much stronger than leather and most other materials used for collars and leads

Its stinkproof so no more collars that smell of c**p when your dog decides to roll in unmentionables

Wipe clean: a quick wipe after a wet, muddy walk and your collar and lead looks brand new again.