Retractable Dog Leads

Extending dog leads are the perfect way for on-lead dogs to have some extra freedom. Doggie gets some essential space to roam and you stay in control without long-lead tangles and stress. From lengths of 5m and 8m and weights up to 60kg, we have the extendable lead for you and your dog.

Extendable dog leads UK

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A retractable dog lead is a tape or cord lead wound around itself inside a case. As the dog moves away the lead extends out and when the dog comes closer again the lead reels back in. This gives your dog more freedom than when using a standard dog lead because it rolls in and out with the movement of the dog, giving room to roam with no trailing trip hazards on the ground.

Are retractable leads good?

Retractable dog leads are an indispensable walkies tool for many dogs and their owners for many different reasons and in many situations. Extending leads allow dogs on lead to exercise with more ease and freedom, which is so important for their mental and physical health. Not all dogs can go off lead for various reasons. Other dogs might be fine off lead but the area or situation doesn't allow it. So there are lots of times and reasons why an extending dog lead can be useful.

Used sensibly, an extendable dog lead can be an incredibly useful piece of dog walking kit. Many areas now state by law that dogs must be kept on lead, so by using an extending dog lead you are fulfilling your obligations whilst still allowing your dog some freedom to enjoy their walk. Or if you have a dog who can't be let off lead for whatever reason, this type of lead is going to be very useful. They can also be a handy tool for recall training.

What are the best retractable dog leads?

Cord ones are usually lighter to carry but can be more dangerous so we always recommend buying a tape lead. Your retractable tape dog lead should clearly state what dog weight it has been tested to. It should have an easy to use and well positioned brake button that also easily locks into place when required. The handle is also incredibly important. It should be easy to hold and designed with a good grip so, if your dog does pull, it won't go flying out of your hand.

What features to look for?

As mentioned, when looking for dog leads extendable ones come in two main sorts. There is the thin cord lead, mostly used for small dogs at short distances. The other sort is a tape lead with is preferable because they are safer - more easily seen and less likely to cause injury if the worst should happen and legs or hands and fingers get involved.

The length offered will vary considerably so be sure to check the length before making your purchase. The Flexi leads we sell, for example, come in 5m and 8m  lengths.

Another very important thing to check and sadly this is often overly looked but is of the highest importance is the weight restriction stated. They all have weight limits as each is a mechanism designed to cope with a certain amount of weight / strain. So before you make your purchase, it is imperative that you check if the lead is for a 15kg, 25kg, 60kg or more sized dog. If you walk say a 30kg dog on a lead intended for a maximum weight of 20kg then you risk failure of the lead which could be very dangerous.

Also, look for an extending dog lead with a comfortable handle and good grip. Extendable leads can be harder to hold than a standard dog lead and if you don't have a good grip it could more easily be yanked from your hands if the dog suddenly pulls.

Best retractable dog lead brand

It is vital that a retractable dog lead is well made, so always buy one made by a high quality brand that you trust.

Your dog's safety is reliant on this piece of mechanical equipment so don't go for the cheapest one you can find. The best retractable dog lead is a brand you can trust, so do your research. The biggest and most trusted name in the extendable dog lead market is Flexi. They set the global standard for retractable leads back in the 1970s and are the market leader in over 90 countries.

Don't trust your dog's life to imitations. Flexi leads are made in Germany and comply with the highest quality standards. Each lead is assembled by hand and undergoes more than 90 quality checks before it leaves the factory.

Are retractable dog leads safe?

Yes, but like any piece of equipment, they should be used responsibly and only use a brand you trust. Don't be a danger to your dog or other people. Do not use when road walking or in any other potentially dangerous situation. Use the break button to stop your dog going forward - do not use your hands. Use only in places where there is plenty of space and where the lead is not going to get tangled around things or injure other people. It is important to keep your dog's retractable lead in good condition. A poorly maintained extending dog lead can be very dangerous. If the lead or brake are not working optimally, dispose and replace the lead. Safety first, always.

These types of lead are very handy and also safe when used correctly but they do get some bad press. If you look into the extendable dog lead horror stories, you will see that they are mostly from misuse of the lead or use in an inappropriate situation. It is essential to use the brake to stop and start the lead. Using your hands could cause injury. It is also important to only use them in safe to roam areas. If your walk to the park involves a road side walk or similar situation, use a standard dog lead near roads and traffic and switch to the extending lead when you get to a safer space. At the end of the day this is a mechanical piece of equipment and equipment can fail.

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