Retractable Dog Leashes

Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to exercise him but can also be an important means of providing your pup with some much-needed stimulation. Dogs are naturally curious animals, therefore they love to sniff and explore their surroundings. But a standard 5-foot dog leash is often restricting to a dog that wants to wander off to check out an enticing patch of grass that you might pass by on your walk. That’s where a retractable leash can come in handy. These leashes allow for your dog to wander off a bit further than a standard dog leash to give your curious four-legged friend a chance to freely sniff out his environment. Aside from giving your pet more room to explore, retractable dog leashes are very similar to a standard dog leash. They clip onto a dog collar and even give pet parents the option to lock in a certain length during a walk. And the leash’s retractable feature allows for pet parents to reel in their pups when they need to.

Chewy offers a variety of retractable dog leashes that come in a different sizes and colors. The Frisco reflective tape retractable dog leash, for instance, can accommodate a tiny breed with a 12-foot retractable lead, all the way up to a large dog with a 16-foot retractable lead. The Flexi New Neon retractable tape dog leash is outfitted with neon-colored tape and a reflective sticker that allows for better visibility in all weather conditions. And for parents of multiple pets, Chewy has a variety of dog double leashes and couplers like the Wigzi Dual Doggie gel retractable leash has two different leash attachments so you can walk two dogs at once.

Retractable dog leashes benefit both dog and owner. Dogs love having the freedom to investigate new smells, and pet parents can relax knowing that they still have control of their dog. For the best retractable dog leashes and other dog supplies, shop Chewy's online pet store.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Retractable Dog Leashes

What is a retractable dog leash?

A retractable dog leash is an adjustable-length leash that unspools from the handle to give your dog more room to roam. A lock button lets you lock the leash to the desired length, which makes it great for walks in all kinds of environments. Use the retractable leash at a short length in crowded areas or the city or extend it to let your pup roam more freely in parks or on country walks. Just be careful to avoid letting your dog get tangled in the rope or run too far away, as these can pose serious threats to his—and your—safety.

How do retractable leashes work?

Retractable leashes work by unspooling from the handle to give your dog additional leash length during walks. A button on the handle lets you retract or extend the length and lock it into place where you need it. They are usually made of lightweight, thin cord with a plastic handle housing to control the amount of cord that extends. Their variable length makes them good for certain types of training and walks, but they can present hazards when improperly used.

Are retractable leashes safe for dogs?

Retractable leashes are safe for limited use, but you need to be careful about how you use them. Be careful to not let your dog get tangled up in the leash or to let your pup wrap you up in it either. Running the leash out to full length can present hazards for dogs and other people. Take care not to lock the leash while your dog is running, either, as doing so can cause neck and spine injuries. Retractable leashes used improperly can also teach unwanted behaviors like excessive pulling or bolting.

What are the best retractable dog leashes?

The best retractable dog leashes have safety features built in and an ergonomic grip for safety and comfort. Retractable leashes made from reflective material add visibility night and day, and an adjustable maximum length lock will keep your dog close to prevent bolting behaviors. Coated cords help prevent rope burns if you grab the leash with your hand or in the event it gets tangled around you on a walk. Look for retractable leashes with easy-to-use controls and a sturdy cord that won't snap if your pup pulls or sprints.