My Dog Broke the Retractable Leesh!

Leash - Our dog wrecked the leash the first time we used it!
@Jshean20 (14373)
Canada
March 11, 2007 5:01pm CST
Well today I finally bought my dog a retractable leash thinking that he would enjoy the freedom more. Well everything went well during the whole walk but once we got home he pulled and the leash came apart! We bought a leash meant for a dog over 100lbs when our dog is only 54.5lbs to begin with (just to be safe). Has anything similar ever happened to you? Do you think the store would take the leash back and exchange/refund me the money? Do you have any recommendations? Thanks guys.
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13 responses
12 Mar 07
I would never trust a retractable leash for that very reason. I prefer using a leather lead and a walkie belt with our huskies. That allows them their freedom and they are anchored to me. I would take it back to the store and exchange it for something else. What kind of dog do you have?
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@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Okay, I am a dog newbie, what is a Walkie Belt, that allows your huskies more freedom? I am putting a friend request so if you want, you can pm me.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I would recommend for you to take it back.If it was meant for a 100lb dog ,and your dog only weighs54lbs you better believe I would take it back,if they don't have anything better to offer,get you a refund..things are to expensive now days to waste money on things that do not work..If they turn you down,ask to speak to the manager...I would not let them get away with this..That is false advertizement....
@Galena (9123)
12 Mar 07
retractable leads are rubbish. take it back and change it for a proper lead. they can be quite dangerous, because the catch always becomes faulty over time, and if a dog pulls and the lead extends whether you want it to or not, the dog could run under a car or anything.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I've never had a catch become faulty with one and I've been using them for about 15 years. I find they work far better then you average leash because there is some give there and you can allow the dog to go further or keep them close as needed.
@Galena (9123)
13 Mar 07
when I was a dog groomer I was seeing up to 20 dogs at the parlour each day. any dog with a retractable lead would almost always have the catch give out as they were running down the stairs, and you'd still be at the top, with them at the bottom. they're just not very safe. what's wrong with a proper lead, or a longer lead that you just hold nearer or further from the dog to give them more space, if you can't let them off the lead somewhere. and it's better for a dog to understand that if they're on a lead, that means they have to walk close to you.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
14 Mar 07
I had a Flexi retractable break once with my Siberian Husky on it. Thankfully, we were inside an arena for a show and there were tons of dog people around to corral her but what a disaster if there hadn't been. Take it back to the store and have them refund it and buy a 6 ft. leather lead -- retractables seem nice in theory but they're not very dependable devices and I'd hate for your pooch to get hit on a roadway if this happened again. I also know that some older models I had, have broke a spring and no longer retract. Regular leashes are just the way to go.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
12 Mar 07
First take it back. Either try a different brand of one or try one from a different store. It could have been faulty or mislabled. I only had one break. It was for a dog over 100lbs and our dog wasn't anywhere near that but this dog also broke a harness and a regular leash. He pulled that hard. They make them designed for some much pulling and if the dog is constantly trying to run or always pulls on the leash then it can break. This was a dalmation by the way. We have a collie now and she's never had a bit of trouble with her leash.
@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I have my sister's dogs with me, and probably will, forever. Walking them is my "fitness program". I had wondered about retractable leads, but had not bought one. Based on this discussion, I probably will not. I would definitely take it back to the store, if they will only exchange for merchandise, I would ask for a different product, based on what I have read from others here. I won't buy them!
• United States
12 Mar 07
Yes my Great Dane puppy has broken two leads. She is over 100 pounds and very strong. I think the store should take it back though since you bought one that was supposed to be able to handle the dog's weight.
• United States
12 Mar 07
It sounds as though the leash itself was defective, or put in the wrong packagine. Take it back to the store, with the original packaging if you still have it. Explain what happened. I'm sure they'll be happy to either exchange the leash or refund your money.
@lizabeth (666)
• United States
12 Mar 07
That same thing happened to me a while back. I was walking my dog and the leash popped. My dog got loose and I had to chase him. But if you just bought it I would try and return it. I suggest getting a leather leash for bigger dogs.
12 Mar 07
I don't have any pets so no this hasn't happened to me. Exchange is possible, although if it isn't one of them which are meant to last forever and not a recent purchase I doubt it. Have you tried the ones which are meant to be unbreakable? A friend of mine has one for his great dane, who used to break them all the time. Otherwise personally I'm not sure jshean20. ~Joey
• United States
12 Mar 07
I think the store should be more than happy to refund you and perhaps give you a free dog gift. The broken lease could have cost your dog his life or someone getting bitten and you getting sued.
• United States
11 Mar 07
the store should take the lease back I would think. Nothing like that has ever happened to me like that, but when we had a dog, they didn't have retractable leashes. When we get this house straightened up, and our cc's paid off I hope to get a dog.
• United States
11 Mar 07
you should take it back! how crummy that it broke. most places will at least exchange it for you.bring it in and show/tell them what happened.