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06-02-2014 03:49 PM
HOBY Be careful or your puppy will pull a Mummy number on you! lol... Seriously, I have used a flat belt Flexi for early training and on walks in open spaces. I found as I learned to control it, we both got better at its' use. Has never been my first choice. On thing, the Flexi is totally useless in the woods unless you keep it short. Ha!
06-02-2014 02:44 PM
dogfaeries I only use them at dog shows. Since a weekend at a dog show means LOTS of crate time, and no off leash time unless in the hotel room, a long flexi is nice to have if you can find a big grassy area to walk them.
06-02-2014 11:53 AM
Gretchen To each their own, we love our Flexi 26' Giant. We never have issues, it gives my dog freedom to explore or it can retract so she's heeling right next to me. No sloppiness from the leash getting under foot and the handle is very comfortable in my hands.

You should go with the leash that you like, not what we like.
06-02-2014 11:21 AM
Freestep I despise Flexi-leads. They are good for potty walks and teaching the recall, and that's about it. One of my biggest pet peeves are people who walk their dogs in the park or bring them in for grooming on retractable leads. They are dangerous and ineffective, but pet people seem to love them.
06-02-2014 10:11 AM
blackshep
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I used one that my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. I pulled it out of the packaging. It has a flashlight and a radio. But I did not want it for them. I wanted to put a sunscreen over the puppy pen, and thought I could clip it to the eyelet and then pitch the handle thing over the kennel fencing and and go out there and draw it over. It worked.

I have used some for holding doors or gates open.
You get the award for the most creative uses for a flexi!
06-02-2014 08:19 AM
Shade I have one for each dog, but the tape not the string. I've used it a handful of times, mostly when they're puppies and then just random times when I want them to have freedom but they still need to be on leash. It's nice to have it if ever needed

For everyday I use a 4' leather leash or a 6' nylon adjustable leash depending on what we're doing
06-02-2014 03:14 AM
AngelaA6 I only use a flexi out in the backyard (until I get a 30' lunge lead) for controlled potty breaks. Right now it's because my neighbor is working on the fence and I don't want Gunther wandering around his yard (Gunther doesn't seem to trust him and neither do I). Other than that it's a 3' nylon leash for normal walks/outings.
06-02-2014 12:54 AM
gsdsar I use one when walking on the canal. Gives my dogs a bit more freedom when they have to be in a leash. It never has constant pressure on it. Use properly, like any tool, it's fine.

If your dog is charging around, hitting the end of it, then I would not use it.


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06-02-2014 12:44 AM
selzer I used one that my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. I pulled it out of the packaging. It has a flashlight and a radio. But I did not want it for them. I wanted to put a sunscreen over the puppy pen, and thought I could clip it to the eyelet and then pitch the handle thing over the kennel fencing and and go out there and draw it over. It worked.

I have used some for holding doors or gates open. But mostly, I don't use them at all. If they snap, you can lose an eye. It is true that the dog constantly applies pressure, and I just don't trust that thumb switch to hold the dog back if it really wants to go for something. I use regular leashes, and that is enough area for most of what we do. When we are ready to go off-lead -- the only time I would consider a flexi -- well, then we go off-lead.
06-01-2014 11:26 PM
Cara Fusinato Flexi leashes are awful. There's the pressure, the inevitable flexi-leash burn when the cord nails someone, and it is hard on the hand/easy to jerk from the hand. Have your short, regular, and long leashes of choice and use depending on occasion. I have a short for close walking for crowds and such, regular for hikes and training class, and long for training class and fun in water and such. It only takes once for that Flexi to be jerked from your hand and go skittering across the pavement. For those of us with carpal tunnel, flexi-leash handles are just painful. Period.
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