What’s the matter with using a Flexi-leash?
This quick video about covers it.
All kidding aside… (You don’t know what I’m kidding about? Go back and watch the video! It takes 2 seconds.) Flexi-leashes require tension on the leash in order to keep the line pulled out and thus teach dogs to pull.
And if you already have a dog who pulls (because maybe you haven’t had the time to properly train him how to walk on a leash?) then a flexi-leash will ensure that you will always have a problem walking your dog. I know. Harsh, but true.
Here’s just one of the all-too-frequent occurrences that can run from simply dangerous to frighteningly deadly: When your dog is at the end of a retractable leash, she can get far enough away from you to be able to run into the street or to make uninvited contact with other dogs and people–or worse, with a passing car. Another particularly scary situation that can happen when your dog is on a retractable leash, is getting approached by an aggressive dog. That’s a REALLY hard situation to manage under the best of circumstances. Now your dog is 20 feet away from you, and that’s 20 seconds too late for you to help her.
I’ve found the best solution for us.
I use a long line with knots I’ve tied into it every few feet to make it easier for me to let it out and gather it back up as needed. I like it because it requires that both Graidy and I pay attention and stay connected to each other. And, as there’s no pulling allowed, we both can walk forever with no sore dog necks or sore human shoulders.
But, truly, if you like (need) to walk your dog a couple of times a day, it’s so worth it for you and your dog to learn together how to walk on leash. Go find a good positive trainer. It will change your life.