Bella and Jasper love going out for walks, but they have two totally different ideas of what a walk should be.
Jasper doesn’t have his puppy energy anymore, and unless he knows we are going for a ‘bye-bye’ out to the park or somewhere else fun, he is relaxed on his leash.
Bella is the neighborhood bully. We think they misprinted her AKC Certificate and that it should read, ‘Yorkshire Terror’ instead of ‘Yorkshire Terrier’. She bolts out the door looking for trouble every time we take her out, despite all our best efforts to socialize her. She just loves to pick fights with other, usually much bigger dogs.
If you’ve ever tried to walk two dogs at once then you know the challenge it can be, especially when they are going in two different directions with two different agendas. After dealing with Bella and Jasper (mostly Bella) trying to pull me (with every ounce of her 6.2 pounds) all over the complex, I decided to buy some retractable leashes. I figured they would give the dogs a little more freedom to go in their opposite directions but still essentially be within an arm’s reach if they get into something they’re not supposed to.
I picked up a couple Flexi® brand leashes from our local pet supply after comparing my options. The Flexi® leashes felt more sturdy and comfortable than the other option (which I don’t remember the name of). I got the ML size Flexi® Durabelt retractable belt leash for Jasper and the XS size Flexi® Freedom retractable cord leash for Bella.
I can tell you that after taking the pups for one walk with the new leashes I was happy I’d bought them. Their mechanisms are smooth. I experienced no binding of the belt or cord on either leash. The locking mechanism is solid and easy to operate with just your thumb. The pups enjoyed having more freedom to wander, and I felt good knowing that they weren’t going to wander into the parking lot and that Bella wasn’t going to chase down the next dog she saw.
The retractable leashes do present a new challenge though, which is that you do have to be more mindful about how much leash you give your pup. It’s easy for them to get caught up in shrubs or wrapped around trees if you’re not careful, and then it can be a bit of a pain trying to get it untangled.
It’s been a few months since I bought the Flexi® leashes, and they are still working perfectly. I haven’t noticed any fraying or noticeable wear on them. The retraction and locking mechanisms are still working perfectly, despite Jasper having run off a number of times at full speed, maxing out his extension and yanking hard on it. Flexi® leashes get two thumbs up from us and two paws up from the pups. I’d buy them again if I had to replace them. Flexi® makes retractable leashes for dogs as small as Bella and as big as 150 pounds or more with their Flexi® Giant.
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