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Old 31-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I just nearly hit a dog!
Came round a corner in the village and the footpath is very narrow there, I was only doing 10mph due to the weather and the corner. So there on the path is a beautiful husky with a lad about 10foot behind. Just as my foot hovered over the brake as my first thought was that it was off lead, it darted across the road in front of me! Emergency stop!
The lad then seems to wake up and reels in the flexi lead.

People need to take so much more care! Cars normally do that corner at 25-30mph!

Heart rate slowly returning to normal. Shudder
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Old 31-10-2012, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very pleased you didnt have an unpleasant incident

I have to say i hate flexi leads 8O
my inlaws live in coastal Cornwall and a young girl with a puppy on a flex lead ended up with the pup under a bus :cry: she had no idea how to use it bless her but i bet she will never get over what she witnessed 8O ,
i find it difficult to get over the very thought of it
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Old 31-10-2012, 06:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My BIL ran over a Jack Russell on a Flexi lead, a couple of years ago and I've nearly hit 3 dogs now which have run out into the road on the damned things. I'd now far rather see a dog walking OFF lead by the side of the road, as chances are at least it's far better trained than the ones on Flexis.

I'm sure there are responsible owners using them out there somewhere, I just meet the other sort who use them instead of training their dogs. :roll: Consequently I can't stand the things, as apart from the above, I've had friction burns around my legs from them too many times, my dogs have been sent flying and have got all caught up in the lines too and I've seen two young pups being "Chased" by the dropped handle and running in utter panic away from the clattering thing.

I think they should come with a Health Warning...or be Banned. :wink:
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I think flexi leads do have their uses - but definitely not on a road.

We used a flexi lead for Charlie when he was recovering from his ops and needed restricting. (only at the park though)

Also in Derbyshire there are lots of sheep so if we walk in the country, both mine go on flexis so they can still wander a bit but not near the sheep.

Only last week I was driving up the road near us and 3 women were talking on the pavement. One had a collie on a flexi that was spinning round and round every time a car went by. Just as I got near, the flexi clip must have failed and the dog spun onto the road in front of me. Luckily because I was watching the dog, I was able to stop in time but not everyone would.
Glad the husky was ok - hope your nerves are too xx
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Old 31-10-2012, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ditto Wendy, flexi was great in open spaces, parks and fields when Luna was recovering from op, and great when she needs to rest up and not loon! Helped me socialise Tucker with autumn in fields last year too but I never use near roads or other folk and always with a harness.

Husky was lucky you were driving at that time and place xx
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The other day I saw a 12 year old girl with a husky on a flexi lead. What made it so much worse was that the flexi lead was attached to a slip lead 8O I had visions of the dog running off and then hanging himself. I did tell the girl and she understood what I was saying and she then clipped it on to his collar.
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Thank God you were going slow Sam. Flexi leads aren't the problem as much as silly people. I agree with the other posters, they have their uses but by the side of a road isn't one of them. Its funny now to recall but at the time I was very angry because my Jake jumped into a lake to chase a swan and pulled me in. It wasn't deep but I was covered in mud and ruined my mobile. It was an embarrassing and long walk home covered head to toe in mud.
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I think Flexi's are great if used sensibly. It was good to give Cassie a bit of freedom whilst training when she was little and even now I use it when we pass a field with sheep/cows etc or when we walk by the steep gorge in our forest. There are often times that we will need it for hill walking until she learns not to dash over the edge and a training lead is too inconvenient to wrap around our arms.

I would never, ever use it loose on the roads though - that is just as irresponsible as not using a lead at all.

My mum has a nervous Border Terrier who hates being off the lead (she has been attacked on a couple of occasions) and without a Flexi lead she would be unable to have a bit of freedom.

Like everything, it works for some people.
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I have a flexi lead but rarely use it. I only ever put it on Topsy, my cocker spaniel bitch, but I never use it on roads.

I use it in fields so that I can give her a bit of freedom when the crops have grown tall. I have lost her in tall crops before, which is scary, and it can take absolutely ages to find her again. It also occasionally gets used at this time of year when we are near the pheasants, as she can otherwise sometimes be a bit of a phezzie-chaser (Charlie is less interested in them).
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The title was meant as ' I hate flexi leads with irresponsible owners'

I can see the use in certain circumstances for them. Just not at full extension by a road
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