5 Stars By Pam on 2015-07-10
Now We Own 2
I just reviewed the old Pet Magasin retractable that we've had for about 2 years and I have to say we've never had any problems with it, although it's been dropped on the concrete and road innumerable times. The kids found it easy to use and it works perfectly for how we walk our dog --which is on a x-burbs road where there is lots to sniff. We walk at our pace while the dogs dither and sniff.
The ribbon on the old retractable has never fouled and I pulled it out to do that review and I didn't see any wear. So when I received an offer to review this new model, I was happy.
This Medium Sized Retractable leash is different than it's smaller sister. It weighs more --one assumes it has a heavier mechanism-- and it has a bigger grip. The hand-hole looks to be about the same, but the grip is thicker. I thought it might make the handle feel large but instead to my mom-hand it felt more comfortable. [I should note that the handle has the same grippy material as the old ones.)
One thing I REALLY like is the reflective 'ribbon'. We walk our dogs in the evening and I appreciate every safety feature I and the rest of the family can use.
One thing that's different is the mechanism. It has a 'catch' feature which only works while you are holding it down and a 'catch and lock' feature', which keeps the leash at a set length.
We've owned a different model for a few years. It's worked great for us. This larger version is for larger dogs. We've used it with our 35-pound moyen sized poodle boy, whose a heavy puller.
[This leash was provided as a review sample.]
5 Stars By Dr. David P. Craig on 2014-07-28
7 Reasons I Recommend This Dog Leash
Now that I've been using this leash for two weeks twice a day with my Golden Retriever I HIGHLY recommend this leash for the following 7 reasons:
1) The rubber grip is very comfortable with the leash retractor built in for easy retraction and detraction to control your dog.
2) The leash itself is very sturdy and yet very light.
3) The length of the leash seems to be the perfect length and with the retractor can be made shorter (about 16 feet) if necessary.
4) The leash untangles quickly and easily with a tug.
5) The flat design of the leash makes for a smooth walk for you and your dog.
6) I like the color of the leash. My dog gets excited when he sees it. He knows instantly that it's the best part of the day when he sees me pick up the leash!
7) Great quality for a low price. Definitely the best leash I've ever had!
4 Stars By BBP on 2014-08-10
Best for dogs with calm dispositions
My buddy Tucker is a 5 year old Jack Russel terrier, approximately 20 lbs. He's a city dog. As intelligent and lovable as they are, the JRT's can sometimes be a handful. The flat ribbon design is a mixed bag. While it allows the leash to be very compact by retracting back flat into the housing, it can also be a nuisance. When flat, it retracts easily into the base. But Tucker rarely walks in a straight line, so the ribbon is seldom flat in actual use. During walks, he'll ambled back and forth in front of me. He'll sniff trees, lamp posts, trash cans, and pull towards whatever scent catches his attention. This causes the leash to twist up, making it difficult to retract because the cord opening is a flat slot curved up slightly like a ) and requires that the ribbon be perfectly flat and unkinked. More often than not, the ribbon tangles underneath one leg or both and he ends up straddling it while he walks, instead of dangling off the side of his neck. Yesterday, he somehow managed to wrap the ribbon once around his entire torso like the ribbon of a ballerina's shoe.
I like being able to retract the leash and keep him close to me when we're crossing the street or walking near other people, then toggle the button so he has the full 16' range to explore when opportunity permits. Tucker has a tendency to dart out after birds, squirrels, or other dogs, and for these instances, this is when the flat ribbon can be most problematic. Do NOT try to catch the ribbon during unexpected dartings! It is very thin and can burn or cut your hands. I did this yesterday at the park and received a painful rug burn to my fingers when he lunged forward. He's quite strong and 2 feet of ribbon running across my fingers at high velocity is like sandpaper. I'm not sure what the retraction velocity is in terms of feet/sec but when I need to reduce leash radius faster, I raise the holding arm to one side, above my head.
I still like this leash a lot. While it's not ideal for Tucker, it may be better suited for an older dog or one of calmer disposition, or if you live in a place with less stimuli. Overall, the construction quality is high. The release/stop button is easy to push and makes a satisfying click sound, though sometimes I have to pull on the ribbon slightly to get it to click. I dropped the leash and Tucker dragged it over concrete for a short distance, causing it to scuff up. It scratched up, but now has a nice worn look to it after more use. I've had no problems with the design of the grip and experienced no discomfort holding it for as long as 30-45 mins during long walks, even though Tucker is quite strong and sometimes pulls.
I would like to see a round cord version of this leash, for situations where I have to yank back on the cord with my bare hands.
5 Stars By Tophog on 2014-11-18
First leash didn't retract very well and I was disappointed. Before I could follow-up with vendor they contacted ...
First leash didn't retract very well and I was disappointed. Before I could follow-up with vendor they contacted me regarding possible issue. In short they sent another leash asap, free of course to rectify the problem...which it did. 2nd to none customer service ... for me that in itself outweighs the product itself of which is also superior. Thank you.
5 Stars By jjt on 2015-06-02
Love this leash. Perfect for my 60 lb dog.
It's strong and does not get tangled.
5 Stars By Patty on 2015-07-08
Used it tonight and it was great, and I really like that it's reflective
5 Stars By Amy E. Hamilton on 2015-07-06
I will keep coming back.
Easy to use and they had great customer service when I had an issue with my dog biting through one. The neon green strap is good for visibility.
5 Stars By Savana on 2015-01-29
Super Customer Service
Not only is the leash an excellent product, the customer service is also excellent. I had problems with the first leash as sometimes the retractor spring would jam. The leash was replaced, no questions asked, and I had the replacement within a week. The replacement works perfectly.
5 Stars By Leo Art Cabillos on 2015-07-10
I havent tried this yet to my dog but im satisfied with this item. It looks very sturdy and the leash is long.
4 Stars By D. Mayhan on 2015-03-14
Good product, works well except the release button sticks sometimes.