Monday, November 1, 2010

Walking with Flexi Leash

If Kelly had her way, I don't think there's anything else I'd be doing all day besides taking her on walks! So naturally, the choice of collars and leashes is very important to us. I want to make sure they're safe, and Kelly wants them to be comfortable. And it doesn't hurt if they're pretty, too!

Recently, I was contacted by Flexi USA to see if Kelly and I would test drive one of their retractable leashes. They sent us several options to choose from. I selected the 16 foot classic All Belt. Kelly and I took several long walks using the leash, which took her a little time to get used to at first. The tension on her collar felt different from the slackness she is used to feeling.

Review: Kelly and I give the Flexi Leash 4 out of 5 pawprints.

I found the handle more comfortable than a regular leash.
The leash gives plenty of room to roam, while retracting to preventing tangling.

The tension on the collar causes the dog to pull at the leash.
The leash is not convenient for city walking.

Since we live in the city, most of our walking is on sidewalks that are somewhat busy. For this, I prefer a collar with a short lead for better control to keep my dog from veering into traffic or approaching other pedestrians on the sidewalk. However, the Flexi leash is convenient for parks and other places where your dog can run and wander about to explore. Kelly and I definitely feel it's important for dogs to be able to run, sniff, and explore. No fun to have to heal and behave ALL the time!

Flexi Leash comes in 10 ft, 16 ft, 23 ft and 26 foot lengths. I like the All Belt, which feels more secure to me. While the cord type leashes were longer, I would suggest watching to be sure the cord doesn't become tangled around your dog's legs.

Flexi Leash comes in many colors and designs, so the pretty factor is covered. There is even a Flexi Leash with a built-in flashlight that I think looks pretty cool!


  1. I used that kind all the time. Certainly better for around here.

  2. I agree with you on the flexi's, not that great for city walking, but good for parks and such.
    Great review:)

  3. The Flexi Leash sounds so good. We don't have it but we use soft fleece harness for Eva. It's very comfy too.

  4. I think you need to walk Kelly more!

  5. I agree with you on not good for city walking!! Thanks for the review

  6. Thanks a lot Brian! Kelly could certainly benefit from more walks, but who would write my columns and cook dinner?!

  7. We tend not to be fans of Flexi Leashes, but I've never seen one that wasn't a cord before. The built in flashlight sounds pretty neat too!

  8. Interesting! We've never tried a flexi leash, but I love the idea of having a flashlight attached. That would be so useful for early morning walks when it's dark. Great review!

  9. I have used flexi leashes for years. Recently, a 40lb new leash snapped on my 23 lbs. Lily. Me and mom were terrified. We recently returned 2, which they replaced with no problem, beacuse they were fraying. Hope they would check their flexis for defects.
    Benny & Lily

  10. From a pet sitter's perspective I would say that a retractable leash is very inconvenient for me because the leash can easily wrap around trees, branches, rocks, etc. Also, there's very little control with a flexi-leash; as you stated, the flexi-leash causes most dogs to pull. However, when I am off duty with our coonhound, Daisy, I do use the retractable when we are in a huge field so that she can run and jump and burn some of her energy off.

  11. I, too, like the idea of a leash with the flashlight built in. I couldn't use a Flex-leash on the Sibes, too much slack and they'll be walking me!!! Thanks for the great info.

  12. From a pet trainer's perspective, a Flexi allows too much freedom, unless you have your heeling perfectly under control. A dog ahead of you is a dog in trouble. They snap; they wrap around dog and human legs. I use them for practicing the recall for improving dumbbell retrieves only. I have yet to see an owner be able to use the built-in braking mechanism properly in an emergency. Tape or cord, both problematic. But walking your dog, thumbs up! Dogs can be dogs and still be safe. After all, dogs would be dogs and run in harm's way (like under a car) in a heartbeat.

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