Friday, May 23, 2014
The Dangers of Retractable Leashes
Many of us have written about the dangers of using a retractable leash for your dog. This afternoon, one danger with those leashes was directly responsible for injury.
BJ and I were in our lobby talking to the doorman this afternoon. A woman came out of the elevator with her large dog of at least 60-70 lbs. (BJ is 20 lbs.) They were saying hello, nose to nose, when for no reason the dog started to attack BJ. He was biting BJ's ear and then his mouth and shoulder. And, he wouldn't let go. The woman had a retractable leash that was unwound and she had no control over her dog to pull him off BJ.
Needless to say, BJ was yelping, struggling, and bleeding. He peed on the floor and pooped all over himself because he was so scared. I slipped on the wet floor trying to get to him. The owner finally was able to get her dog to release BJ, BJ was shaking and whining. He didn't even want to go out on his walk. He hurt and snapped at me when I tried to undo his collar. (My poor baby.)
He was still shaking while eating freeze dried lamb lung, his absolute favorite.
He wasn't happy when I took (dragged) him into the bathroom. BJ does not like getting a bath, but there was no way he could go without one. He snapped again when I tried to put him the tub. (poor pup)
I shared my roast beef dinner so he might feel better. He's resting now.
I used a retractable leash when I took him to the park. After 9 AM when he had to be leashed, it gave him more space to run around. Outside of the park I shortened it to 4 ft. and locked it. Too many people unlock the leash and release it go too long.
Posted by BJ PUP at 9:52 PM