Standard VS Retractable: Which Leash is Best for Your Dog?

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When you’re planning on being a first-time dog owner, there are many things that you’ll need to think about before bringing your fur baby home. From food to toys, there are many different factors to think about — but what about the type of leash you’ll use for walks? Sure, it might seem like standard practice to go with a traditional leash, but what about opting for a retractable one, instead? Before purchasing one over the other, here’s what you should consider:

Traditional Leashes

Ah, the traditional leash! Known to have been a staple of dog owners since the early years, these are made from a sturdy rope or nylon and can provide you with the ultimate control over your pooch. Coming in a variety of lengths and sizes, a traditional leash is a perfect starter leash, especially when your puppy is in the process of transitioning into adulthood.

Retractable Leashes

The newer, more modern version of the traditional leash happens to be the retractable leash! Known to be one of the most popular options for dog owners, this leash will let your dog roam up to new lengths and have a bit more independence, despite still being within your control. Retractable leashes are perfect for dogs that happen to go to dog parks, big fields, and any property where they have room to roam around.

What to Consider

When it comes to choosing a leash, you’ll have to keep a few things in mind. If you’d like to have more control over your dog (whether you’re walking them on the sidewalk, next to a busy road or they’re rather energetic), then a traditional leash will be the best bet.

Now, if your pooch tends to wander or roam around, safely, then a retractable leash will be a great choice. However, one of the downsides is that once the leash is unreeled, you cannot reel it back in with the push of a button: you’ll have to click it down when getting closer to your dog — which could be nerve-wracking if they wander into danger.

If you’re looking for the best option for a dog’s first leash, then we highly recommend starting with the traditional leash. Once you get a feeling of how they react on their leash, then you can either keep it or purchase a retractable one down the road!

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