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How and When to Use a Retractable Leash


4 Week Workshop | Starts April 8 at 4:00pm

Learn when and how to properly use a retractable leash


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Retractable leashes have a horrible reputation, and for many good reasons.

They can be dangerous for the dog and for the handler

  • Dogs get tangled and injured
  • Handlers get tangled and injured, either wrist, forearm, or ankles
  • Handlers drop the handle and the dog runs away, as the handle recoils the dog gets scared and sometimes hit by the handle
  • Dogs range out too far and get into trouble, visiting other walking dogs or people for example
  • An unlocked retractable leash can cause shoulder damage to the handler if the dog runs, the longer the lead the harder the dog hits the end and the more it hurts both dog and handler
  • Handle malfunctions and unlocks causing dog to range out without warning
  • And more…

BUT Retractable leashes have their place when used properly and responsibly:

  • Good for recall and other training
  • Less tangles
  • Allows the dog sniffy walks where appropriate
  • And More…

What you will learn:

  • Basic skills that any dog walking on a retractable leash should know and how to train those skills
  • Knowledge of equipment including materials, function and length
  • Cues and signals to manage your dog while walking on a retractable leash
  • Where/when retractable leashes can be used
  • We will talk about the obvious places that a retractable leash should never be used
  • Safety
  • And More…

What your dog will learn:

  • How to give to collar pressure
  • Cue for “slow down”
  • Basic foundation skills
  • Enjoyment of sniffy walks

Things to bring:

  • Retractable leash not longer than 20 ft
  • Lots of treats and a convenient way to have those treats on your person.  Treat bag, vest, apron, etc.  You will not be holding a zip lock bag, manufacturer bag or a fistful of treats in your hand while training.
  • Dog’s favorite toy
  • Bowl and water
  • Sense of humor

When you arrive, dog should be on a 6 ft leash (not a retractable)

First lesson is for humans only, no dogs on lesson #1

No reactive or aggressive dogs. Dogs must be able to work in a group class without barking at other dogs or people.

Notes on equipment:

  • Collars allowed:  Flat buckle collars, Martingale collars, Prong Collar with a flat buckle backup.  No slip collars or slip leads.
  • Harnesses allowed:  All
  • Retractable lead should be on a ribbon, not a cable and not longer than 20 ft
  • Safety strap required
Example of safety strap

Example of ribbon leash – ribbon should extend the entire length of the leash – no cable.

Example of cable leash – not acceptable.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed your dog their regular meal immediately before your training session. If your lesson interrupts your regular feeding schedule, please feed your dog only a small portion of their regular meal.

All handlers must be 18 years or older and physically able to restrain the dog. Persons under the age of 18 are only permitted to hold the leash with an adult present and handling a secondary safety line.

No Refunds on any service for any reason. Once you reserve your spot in a class OR purchase an item, there is no refund opportunity for any reason. No exceptions.

Payments for all services must be made directly to Pack of Paws Dog Training.
All services are non-refundable. See Terms of Service for details.

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