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That's ONE way to cut play time short

Kashi
February 22nd, 2008, 12:02 PM
Bundled up all three kids, put the baby in the sleigh, and Pugsley on his retractable leash (26' leash) and went to the playground behind our place for some outdoor time today. We do this almost every day. The big kids have fun, even on the icy climber, and the baby loves the swing.

Pugsley loves to romp in the snow and chase his tennis ball or a bottle all over, and with a 26' lead, he's got quite a lot of room to run (keep in mind that this is a small 20lb dog).

We'd been there MAYBE a hour tops today when Pugsley's leash broke !

Now, we have only had Pugsley a few weeks, he's NOT well trained, and his recall is iffy at best. I was SO thankful that he at least stopped when I called him, and I was able to collect him, and the bit of leash he had left was enough to tether him to the swingset while I got the baby back into the sleigh.

*sigh*

What a scare.

LavenderRott
February 22nd, 2008, 12:10 PM
If you check around and find some place the sells horse stuff - you should be able to find a 20 or 30 ft. lungeline.

Also - tracking dogs and Schutzhund dogs use long lines for training - you might try searching online for places that sell supplies where you can get something similar.

These lines hold up much better then retractable leashes. :D

Kashi
February 22nd, 2008, 12:57 PM
I might look into them, but I actually *really* like the retractable lead.

I imagine that a 20' lead would be rather cumbersome without the retractable option.

LavenderRott
February 22nd, 2008, 01:08 PM
I might look into them, but I actually *really* like the retractable lead.

I imagine that a 20' lead would be rather cumbersome without the retractable option.

I use both daily.

Honestly, I like the lunge line better. It gives me more control and I don't have to worry about it locking at an inopprotune moment. I kind of keep it in a loop - letting out what I need to and reeling back in in the same loop.