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Retractable Leashes…yes or no?

A question I get asked a lot is “how do you feel about retractable leashes?” While I can see the appeal of a conveniently coiled lead that can provide your dog with more freedom at the click of a button, I think there are a few things to consider before using them....

Respecting the Growl

As humans we have many ways of communicating. We can use our words to tell someone if we like something or if we don’t like something, and hopefully a fellow human will respond accordingly to that communication.

Our dogs come with their own ways of communicating. We know when our dogs like something, they might wag their tail or jump for joy, but what about when they don’t like something?

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Retractable Leashes…yes or no?

A question I get asked a lot is “how do you feel about retractable leashes?” While I can see the appeal of a conveniently coiled lead that can provide your dog with more freedom at the click of a button, I think there are a few things to consider before using them....

Respecting the Growl

As humans we have many ways of communicating. We can use our words to tell someone if we like something or if we don’t like something, and hopefully a fellow human will respond accordingly to that communication.

Our dogs come with their own ways of communicating. We know when our dogs like something, they might wag their tail or jump for joy, but what about when they don’t like something?

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