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Retractable dog leash is a high wire act!

Retractable leashes reward bad dog behavior (leash pulling) (dog jumping)I see too many dog owners using retractable leashes. I call them circus leads, and when you are using one, you are the ring master! The problem with these apparatuses is that it gives the handler no control. Because of the elasticity of the material, there is no leverage. So why do so many people choose to walk their dogs with retractable leashes? The answer is for convenience. Or so it seems. How convenient is it when you have poor control over the actions of your dog while on leash? Dogs' poor behavior is consistently rewarded (reinforced) when they are able to continue to run around constantly pulling i.e. tug-of-war. Furthermore, if your dog has any semblance of strength, you will be hard pressed to maneuver Tonka with this circus wire! It's critical that we as dog owners communicate properly to our dogs what it is we want them to do. Yet, every time you make even a minimal correction with a retractable leash and by the time that information reaches your dog, it's too late. Bandit has already acted up some more-practicing poor behavior. Remember, the more your dog practices bad behavior, the better Psycho becomes at mastering it.

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Nick on Monday, April 23, 2018 3:20 PM
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