Kong Retractable Leash
I purchased a Kong retractable leash for walking my eldest greyhound, Kibeth, so she could have more time to sniff. I liked the Kong version over the Flexi model because:
- Kong has a wrist strap, so you don't have to hold the contraption by a handle all the time. This frees up my fingers for use, which is necessary for walking three dogs at once!
- Kong's leash has a stopper at the two-foot mark. When locked here, it prevents the leash from constantly putting pressure on the dog's collar or harness, and naturally allows for a heel position.
- Kong's leash is only a total of six to eight-feet long. This is much more applicable to a daily walk than the very risky, extra long lengths of a Flexi. There are two sizes, sold at PetsMart: X-small/Small and Medium. The X-small size is for dogs up to 20-pounds, and is six-feet long. The Medium size is for dogs up to 50 pounds, and is eight-feet long.
- The tape of the leash has reflective stitching for added safety at night.
I've been using it for about a week, and I had to go back and get two more to walk my other two dogs in. They're just so handy, so easy to use, and it makes walking three dogs a joy again. Mind you, my dogs are, of course, very well-behaved and well-trained to walk on a loose-leash. However, if I use a six-foot leash, I either must wrap it around my hand several times to keep it from being tangled in my fragile greyhounds' legs, or I must use a four-foot leash. So, for years, I've used a four-foot leash, wishing all the time I could give my dogs a little more freedom to sniff and explore when we reach a suitable, open grassy area. The Kong leash feels very secure, has a thumb ring if you prefer to hold the actual contraption, and seems to be very well made to last quite a long time.
I would recommend to my readers to use a harness whenever you're using a retractable leash. It's not good for a dog to constantly experience tension on a collar. It will undo any loose-leash walking training you've done, or it will prevent further progress in your training. You also run the risk of serious neck damage, as the dog can get up to quite a speed six to eight-feet away.
The X-small size is available for $19.99 and the Medium size is available for $21.99 + tax at your local PetsMart.