One of the best things you can have as a dog owner is a retractable leash. It just makes walks so much better for you and your dog. Why? Because it gives you a lot of control without being too restrictive for your dog. We researched some of the best products out there to put together this retractable dog leash buying guide. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features you need to know about.
Length: Most of these leashes are either 16 or 26 feet long. The length you get largely depends on your dog. If you find that you need to exert more control, a shorter leash might be a better option.
Tangle Free: Tangle free leashes are all about how they enter the handle and are wound up when you retract them. The last thing you want is the leash to get wrapped up in itself when you’re trying to shorten the leash.
Light: Lights are such a great feature and a really bright idea. We found a few with integrated lights that are really easy to use. One of them is even removable so you can use it as a flashlight.
Dog Weight: There are a few items on our list that are for smaller dogs but most of them are for dogs up to 110 pounds. That’s a lot, it even covers some of the giant breeds.
Brake: A brake lets you stop your dog from uncoiling the whole leash at once and lets you decide when enough is enough. It’s part of what makes these leashes so good and really helps keep your dog safe.
Warranty: There’s no such thing as a chew proof retractable dog leash because the right dog will be able to destroy anything. That said, most of these products come with pretty great warranties that cover just about everything else.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for in a retractable leash, let’s get into our reviews. Here’s how it works. We put our top and budget picks first. That way you’ll get to them even if you’re in hurry and can’t read through to the end. But stick around if you can, every one of these leashes is a great option for you and your pup. Ready to get started? Let’s go!