Pet Business: How and when did flexi get started? What inspired the creation of the company?
Totally agree! If you know how to use the flexi-leash the correct way, there should not be any issues! To make pet owners feel incompetent for using them is ignorant!
Everyone has different opinions about Flexi Leads. I personally do not like them and think they should be outlawed. but I have a comments I would like to make about your post above.
Your point #1 : I have never met a piece of plastic that was stronger than cotton braided leashes. And if you buy a leash with the proper gauge hook, it should hold the weight of your dog without an issue.
Your point #2: Although I do agree both a regular leash and a flexi leash can do damage to the hands (the worst dog related injury I ever had was a 20' lead stripping through my hand) the flexi lead, especially the corded kind, is much more dangerous. I too had sensitive hands and used to wear gloves when out with my mastiffs. A flexi leash, whether corded or flat line, strips out of the holder much faster than a regular leash will strip out of your hand...leaving much worse burns as it cuts through flesh. I suggest that if your hands are easily injured you should use a leather leash and wear gloves meant for rope climbing. They do not have fingertips so you have use of your fingers still but your palms are covered so they are protected from leash burn.
Your point #3: I'm not sure why your dog was getting tangled in a regular leash more than a flexi leash. If you are handling your regular leash properly you should never get tangled because your pet should never have more than comfortable slack in the leash...not 4-5'ft of leash dangling on the ground. If your dog is 20ft away then your dog is not leashed...even if it has a flexi leash attached to it.
Your Point #4: If your dog is 20ft away from you, whether it is attached to a lead or not, you do not have control over your pet. You can hope and pray they listen to your recall commands. You can do all the training in the world but unless your dog is on a leash by your side (even then you do not have 100% control over your pet) you do not have control over your pet. And I have NEVER seen an instance where a person who has let their dog wonder out even a few feet out on a flexi lead be able to "take up slack quickly and easily". It is exactly the oposite and this is where the most injuries tend to happen. The owner is grasping at the cord trying to wind it up in a hurry while it burns and rips holes in their hands. Never had that problem with my regular lead. If your pet hasn't mastered walking on a regular leash that's because she is not trained properly. She acts better on a Flexi leash because she is getting her way. She wants to walk 10 ft ahead of you and do as she pleases (which she cannot do on a regular leash) and you are allowing her to do so. Tell me what happens when she darts out into traffic or goes after another dog (cause dogs will be dogs) on her flexi leash and you are helpless to stop her because your Flexi doesn't reel in when when she is charging full speed away from you? Just something to think about!
for my pet. I love the flexibility of the gate
Extension Pack for Flexi Pet Gate and Extra Tall Flexi Pet Gate
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