Let’s get something clear: I usually hate retractable leashes. Usually.
Many people who use them do not teach their dogs proper walking habits. If they get away from you, they go bouncing after your pet, popping up to hit them along the way. They give tons of space between the pet parent and the pet, and with an untrained dog, this can end up in a tangled situation with others, or even a dangerous one with dogs at odds twisted together.
At Bark World (you can read about that here, here, and here), however, I was introduced to the LeashLocket, a new kind of retractable leash. Here are a few of the things that first attracted me to this leash:
- The retractable area of the leash is in a much smaller casing than usual, so it’s comfortable for me to hold.
- No awkward plastic handle; with the LeashLocket, you hold the casing in your hand and have a wrist strap in case you lose hold.
- The leash, which is small and lightweight, snaps on to your pet’s collar so they carry the leash until you’re ready to use it at the park, in the car, and beyond.
I was generously given one of these products to try and to write about, so here is my review after using the LeashLocket:
First impression? I was right about the small casing being easy to carry. I have hands like a pygmy…no joke, and I can hold this comfortably and easily.
In use? This leash doesn’t come out the usual 16-20 feet—That’s a good thing. It’s actually, a great thing. The leash only lets out about 6-7 feet, keeping your dog in the socially acceptable social bubble, so that they’re close enough to you in case something happens, but with enough leeway that they can still run about and have a good time.
The LeashLocket available for trial was under Arie’s weight class (she’s just big boned, I swear!) so I tried it with Shady. He didn’t seem to notice or care that the leash could attach to his collar, and seemed comfortable and at ease.
After my review, I can say that if you enjoy using a retractable leash, the LeashLocket is the perfect leash for you. For the family on the go, this makes a good option as well, as it can stay on your pet’s collar in the car, making the leash convenient to grab when it’s time to get out. The casing is small and easy to carry for smaller hands and children’s hands, making it easier to use than your standard retractable leash. If you’re looking for a little more ease to your routine, give it a try.