If you've been following my blog for awhile you would know how much I preach against the use of retractable leashes because no matter how cute, inexpensive, and easy-to-find they are in just about every store imaginable I advocate against them for many reasons and FOUR of which are painfully illustrated in the above photograph.
As a professional dog walker of nearly a decade I have to be honest and tell you that I cringe EVERY time I see someone walking their dog with a retractable leash in hand because even if that dog is the most docile walker in town there may come a time when he sees an irresistible dog or human ahead of him and when that moment comes the owner will likely lose grip of that slippery, bulky handle and then danger ensues whether it be that the dog runs away, gets bit by another dog, or worse! And even if the owner manages to hang onto the handle the chances of their dog wrapping the leash around their finger, leg, neck, or ankle are very high!
Because it is imperative that I keep my four-legged friends safe I have a supply of 4 foot long leashes in the back of my car just in case they only have retractable leashes in their home.
I hope you will strongly consider tossing those retractable leashes in the trash and buy a good old-fashioned cloth leash!