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Retractable Dog Leashes:

Not always a good thing! Retractable dog leashes have become popular since they were introduced in the 1980s. Some leashes unwind to a length of more than 30 feet, which gives the dog some room to wander. But these leashes should be used with caution. While this may seem like a great idea crafted by an astute inventor with owners of dogs in mind, in reality, a retractable dog leash may cause unbelievable dangers. Indeed, there have been reports of dogs and dog owners getting serious injuries caused by retractable leashes. Burns: If the leash cord wraps around the leg of a person or a dog, and the leash is retracted or the dog begins to run, it causes a nasty burn or even amputations. Blind Corners: The retractable dog leash should not be let out to its fullest length in cities or near traffic. The dog can go around a parked car or a corner where the walker cannot see, and the dog can wind up injured or killed. Falling Apart: Retractable dog leashes have been known to break apart suddenly, causing pieces to become airborne. According to ABC News, a 12-year-old girl was blinded in one eye in this way in 2008.

hit by cars or kids on rollerblades rounding corners. A dog is not enough ‘’streetsmart’’ and cannot predict accidents as well as an owner can; therefore, the privilege of walking ahead should not be granted both from a leadership point of view as well as a safety caution. PRIDE Pets would like to encourage all pets’ owners to leave their retractable leashes at home and to please use a 3’ or 4’ leash at PRIDE pets to have better control of your animal. It’s safer and you’ll have better control! Please follow all safety rules and of course respect all other animals!

Another danger of using a retractable leash is that the dog may face dangers before the dog owner is able to react. There have been reports of dogs getting Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017 | 39

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