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To Flexi . . . or Not to Flexi?

Even though North has a Flexi that I use when I want to give him more room to roam, I know that these leashes can be dangerous from the warnings that came along in the package. Many cities have leash length laws – usually between six and 10 feet – way below the standard 16-foot Flexi. Now there are definitely times when I don't feel comfortable with my pup off leash and I like the belt version (over the "cord" model) because it's sturdy and adjustable for any environment. I'm curious how many of you have use a Flexi (or other retractable-style leash) to walk your dogs?

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suzzyxsunshine suzzyxsunshine 7 years
I have a flexi mini and i adore it. It's actually so simple to use if you have half of a brain. It re tracts so quick,and i love the braking system. I usually keep the leash super short(like traffic leash short) And let it go out when my dog has to potty(i'd prefer if she did that as far away from me as possible! lol) And in case of emergencies I run toward the dog and put the break on. It's just like a regular leash, except it retracts instead of hangs there.My trainer encourages use of it. It doesn't reinforce any bad behaviours such as pulling. My dog walks right beside me with or without the break on,Well until i say go potty.In that case she walks the entire length of the flexi.(god bless her! lol)As far as dog attacks...ect.Flexi or not....You should be paying attention. The flexi is mean for dogs that behave well on a lead,and are already lead trained. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone with a great dane with aggression and other behavioural problems. lol.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
We've used one with our 40ish lb Braque du Bourbonnais (similar to a German Shorthaired Pointer), and I think it's time to stop. She's already learned some bad habits, and I think we need to go back to a regular leash to keep her from hauling us everywhere on walks. Maybe we'll leave her on the extendable for potty time. Thanks for the harness recommendations, by the way...I think the Easy Walk will help things too!
brandi797 brandi797 8 years
When I was 17, I had a dogwalking service for extra spending money. One of my clients used a flexi...one day her dog ran around my left leg and took off after a squirrel. The cord cut into my leg so deeply, I needed several stitches. Good thing it was a little Jack Russell; if it were a larger dog I may have ended up an amputee.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
The best thing about this type of lead is the retraction. It allows dogs to run around without getting caught up in their own lead. (I prefer to call them leads rather than "leashes".) However, I think it's much safer to have a lead that you have better control over, personally. I'd much rather have it wrapped around my wrist in case of a an accident.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
I would never use one. Then again, I have a yorkie.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 8 years
A Flexi is all we use. I definitely think it is a case by case thing (or rather dog by dog :)), though. I have a Sheltie (Miko) and she would NEVER even dream of pulling on the leash. I always have my thumb on the button so that I have control over her. She will stop when I say to, but just to be safe I click the button whenever we are waiting to cross the street or near other dogs. I like the Flexi because when we go on walks she can linger sniffing things while I continue to walk and then she justs runs to catch up. I definitely wouldn't use it on a big or untrained dog.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
I didn't even think about the "danger" aspect. We used to have one, but my dog chewed through it because it's so flimsy. I prefer using a regular leash anyway - I feel more in control and I think they're more attractive anyway.
maggieleigh maggieleigh 8 years
We use one every day for our walks - I have a 13lb shih tzu, so I like it because it lets him prance a little more in front of me when he gets excited :P. But if I say to stop or wait, he will sit right down.
clareberrys clareberrys 8 years
we have a flexi but only for when he needs to go out to do his business and then for our walks or if we go hiking we take him on our shorter and sturdier leash (hes 55 lb pit bull)
seraphicstar seraphicstar 8 years
my dog cisco and i never use a flexi. ive seen way too many dog owners who have their dog on a flexi and just let them run all over on walks. ive seen them in the middle of roads... pestering my dog... ect ect.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
@divadina--That sounds like the perfect plan!
divadina divadina 8 years
We never use them. Along with our trainers, I believe that it teaches a dog that the proper way to walk is with resistance, aka pulling and with some big girls at home, that was something we never wanted. We used a long leash for training, then moved up to something almost like a horse's training lead to give them the sense of a space. Now, our girls are able to be off leash with no problems. When walking on a leash, we always use a 6', which gives them some room and we still maintain control.
j4everlasting j4everlasting 8 years
We have a flexi, but I never use it. I prefer walking my dogs on a short leash on the street. They're both now off-leash trained for walking in the paths in our coulees (away from the streets). I see no positive use for the leashes when walking on the streets, and if you can't train your dog off leash, I don't see a flexi leash being a good thing. Just my thoughts though.
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
Lucy had a Flexi and she developed bad leash manners. Thankfully our roomies noticed it and bought a regular leash for her. Now she's a-ok and can walk with a flexi without problems.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
My dog is well trained, will come when I call him, and heel when I ask him to. But when we go for walks I let him explore, the walk is for HIM to enjoy not just me. So during those times I use a flexi. I feel it's safer than just letting him off leash even though I trust him. Everyone has their opinions :-)
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 8 years
Any dog school or trainer or dog expert will tell you not to use the flexi. It's dangerous- I've seen people get VERY badly cut and burned. It does not let you control the dog if there is an emergency. Also if your dog pulls you should teach him/ her not to pull. It's a pretty basic thing.
KDwxgirl KDwxgirl 8 years
Definitely no flexis, my dog wears a prong collar on walks and you need to use a regular leash with that. We also didn't ever have one when he was a puppy because I read that it teaches them to pull.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I think they should be banned. But that is because I have had some bad experiences.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
I second the gentle leader harness comment. you'll notice and INSTANT difference.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
After hearing so many dog walkers talk about how bad they are, I don't use one any more. And I've gotten tangled in others' since. So now I have to say I don't approve, and wish I'd never used one. If your dog pulls a lot and that's why you use the flexi leash, try the Gentle Leader harnesses. They do wonders for even the biggest pullers I swear it works for my 50-lb pit/lab mix puppy! http://www.premier.com/View.aspx?page=dogs/products/behavior/easywalk/productdescription
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
Not only can flexis be dangerous, but they promote untrained dogs. Think about it.... If you use a flexi leash why would your dog need to heel, or learn the command Come. I don't use them. My dogs are well trained. (Almost leash free for walks, currently at leash dragging with no corrections) When we go to parks even off leash parks I let them run free because I KNOW I can recall them in an instant if need be. I guess my point is that I would rather have a well trained dog then a dog on a flexi leash
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
No but for a different reason. Our trainer told us that these leashes teach puppies that's it OK to pull because when they pull they get more lead and get to go farther. Maybe after Kasey has perfect leash manners I might get one for the park, but I don't want to reinforce bad behavior.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I use a flex leash pretty often, most of the time we go anywhere. I alway keep my thumb over the button so I cal reel him in if anything were to happen. I never let him just cruise wherever, hes good about staying on the sidewalk and whatnot, but he likes to explore and it's MUCH easier to do that with a flexie
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