Wednesday, July 29, 2009

On retractable leashes

My take on retractable leashes is that they encourage and prolong the unwanted behavior of pulling. It's only natural for the owner to extend the leash as the dog begins to pull to allow him or her more slack. And that's exactly what the dog wants! If he gets away with pulling this time, he's already controlling his owner instead of the other way around.

For my part, a good leather leash is the best and most reliable. It works well for trained and untrained dogs. And owners do not have to feel guilty about not allowing a pulling dog more slack than necessary.

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