I'm a Pepper!

Away with the Flexi!

September 18th 2011 5:02 pm
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We has a deep, dark secret I has never barked about befure. Me and Ma is addicted to the flexi leash!

We only use it on my long walks here at home. It gives me sum extra flexibility to sniff and do my business.

But Ma has realized that it is keepin' me from really understandin' she wants me to walk with a loose leash. It is confusin' to me!

Actually she has known this fur a woofwhile. But it was a habit she picked up with Jamaica and has imposed onto me. Old habits, do indeed, die hard!

So we is goin' cold turkey and the flexi is goin' away fur good!

 
 

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Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 5:12 pm

The highlight of my days were my walks. The flexi enhanced my walks and therefore, improved my life. Being an unschooled dog who rarely walked off leash, it made sense for me.

For you, Miss Pep, the athletic, well trained girl you are, it is a hindrance. Do the folks proud, I know you can!

Glad humom has finally come to her senses!
Barked by: Josephine (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 6:08 pm

O_O they can kill you! I got burned by one once, still have to scar. Mom was, too! A little dog's throat was cut and a jogger tripped to death.. Jojo got attacked at the airport by two "service dogs" on a fully extended flexi. It was very close and the lady could not control her dogs. She had to board them. Good.
San Jose has a law - no flexi leads. The fine is high. SF is going to have this law, too at some point (hopefully soon)
Very sensitive issue for us ;o)
You human is fabulous. Trust me..
Love, Jojo and sonja
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 6:31 pm

I ALWAYS use Flexi's...

Just like anything else... blame the person not the tool.

Used properly they are a perfectly good way to go.

Those who have fallen foul of them .. well I bet those dogs would have messed up and tripped up and attacked REGARDLESS... even in a non flexi.

Sorry I have to disagree on this... my boys understand perfectly how to walk on a clipped off flexi (and I use the tape ones..not the cord.. yes the cords CAN burn). It isnt the lead .. its the handler that was and is at fault.

NOT casting blame.. just saying dont blame the tool.

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 6:38 pm

I will also add...... there are hard leash laws in OK... the ONLY place your dog is allowed off leash is in you own fenced private garden.. or a fenced Dog Park... .. and THEY often cause more probs than solve them. Again because folk have $%^&*() cell phones welded to their ears.. or plan think they can forget any responsibility once their dog is inside the dog park.

SO... if you want your animals to have any room to explore.. the flexi is pretty much it.

Like anything else.. educate the use..
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 7:52 pm

It's ok to disagree, Flicka! No apologies needed. But Ma is relatively new to dog trainin' and she thinks it best fur both she and I to do away with the flexi at this time.

Seems a dog with a solid llw that then goes back to a flexi might do fine. Or a person very well versed in dog training techniques that fully understands the flexi and its use in this sense could have a well heeled dog. I am not this dog and Ma is not this person.

I spend a lot of time off leash in my yard(not fenced) in the pursuit of fetch and walkin' is really fur Ma more than me.

We did not mean to entirely blame the tool but will contend it is a rather confusing tool. We have seen many far more clueless users of it than the ma.

And you can't bark this is not a controversial subject. Two of my bestest Dogster furiends are seemingly miles apart on this one! But I know we all have the most imporfurant likeness in common, OUR PEOPLES ALL LUV US TO PIECES!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 8:01 pm

Smiles... the discussion is a good one...

I have used both fixed and flexi leads.. in different situations. I am nor against either. SO often .... it has to be what is right and what suits the handler and the dog themselves.

My point really was that Flexi's arent bad... but there are bad people using them.

That also is NOT you or your Mum.... you fit into the "what is right and what suits the handler and the dog themselves".

Its good to be able to see that in this given time and situation you want and need to experiment with a different style. I suppose I mean .. dont throw the flexi away... it can.. in the right situation... but an excellent tool.

HUGSSSSSSSS
Barked by: Lil Bear (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 8:07 pm

I 'grees wif you Pepper. Peeples can has diff'ren ideas but mos' 'portant is they luff US.

My mama not a fan of a flexi-leash cuz she like yer mama--don' really knows how to use it prope'ly. Plus I gets LOTSA off leash times at a parks (we's sneekin cuz doggies 'upposed to be ona leash at parks), an ina back yard an visitin my cuzins Schotzy & Dixie.
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 8:47 pm

Flicka, you couldn't be more right! We have just had sum mountain lion sightings and think it is not the time to put the flexi entirely away just yet. And we will not give it away like Ma was thinkin'. (Are you a mind reader, dear?)

Ma is thinkin' of the followin':
Flexi in short locked position to LLW to certain places she knows I like to sniff. Then as a reward fur LLW let the flexi out to sniff about. So I will hafta LLW fur forward motion in our walk and the flexi portion will only be when Ma is standin' still lettin' me sniff. Does that sound like a good way to go?

Hey, Lil Bear thanks fur barkin' in on this one!

I gotsta say you pups do keep a girl and her ma thinkin'!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 8:57 pm

That will work great. Basically the Flexi becomes a short leash when drawn in and locked... Do the walking and correcting on that..and treat for courtly walking ! I simply use the word "OK" when I let it out and they can explore a bit. They soon learned that once the lead was withdrawn.. it was time to walk nicely.

Lucas is the telepath.. my Little Alien.. he mind reads ... !
Barked by: Lil Bear (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 9:08 pm

OH DON'T FROW IT 'WAY er GET RID OF IT!!! Nefur knows when it jus' mite come in handy. Mama gived mine 'way an look, NOW we's havin dis 'scussion.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 9:18 pm

Oh, wow! Interesting and revealing discussion going on here...I have been on regular leashes, long (non) flexi training leads, and of course Flexis.

Growlmy is furry well aware of the fact that the corded leads can cause injuries,so she doesn't let it out or lock in a long position when there are other furs or small kids about.
If I have the leash in normal mode, and growlmy sees a fur in the distance, or if she sees nothing but sees my tail begin to give a signal...she 'reels' it in and locks it up short.

Very useful 'tool' on our country lane strolls, but the worst thing that happens with me is my lightning fast reflexes sometimes catch growlmy off guard and I do a bolt into the brush to chase something real or imagined...and then the spring breaks ...UGH!
And that is with a leash that is the next size up fur my weight...

Next time she has to get a new one...costly aren't they?!...she wants to get a tape one for big dogs, but she hopes her hands will be able to tolerate the thing, because of some joint issues...any ideas about that issue?

Enjoy your walks however they are done, Pepper!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 10:01 pm

Mr Jack !

Mum has arthritis in both hands (and most other joints!).. and its ongoing.. both thumb/wrist joints are artificial for starters.

We use the tape type .. Flix is 57 lbs.. Lucas is 54 lbs...the brand is the "Flexi" brand and has the non slip handles. We have never had a problem with this brand (as I remember they are around $25 ish ... but we have had broken springs once with a cheaper brand....

I really wouldnt buy the cord type again.. but I am very happy with this present brand. With the arthritis probs.. I feel easier with this type.
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 10:04 pm

MrJack, Ma usta sumptimes, have a fanny pack belt go thru the handle and around her waist. That did allow her to have her hands free but she has not continued that so we're not really recommendin' it. That, again, was durin' Jamaica's time.

And Flicka, again, you are right, the bad habit was usin' the flexi unthinkingly, not the flexi itself. Thanks fur pointin' that out!

But think we all agree with Josephine, too, that a fully extended flexi in a crowded area like an airport or even in a park is not good. People need to use common sense, unfortunately many don't.

So guess we're not that far apart on this after all!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 10:06 pm

This is what we have.... the "Comfort" ones

Flexi "Comfort" range
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 10:08 pm

Yep Pepper... I totally agree with Sonja on that... its the handler not the dog.. and frankly.. some folk shouldnt be allowed out on the streets with a lollipop let alone a sentient animal !
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 10:37 pm

Couldn't agree more!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

September 18th 2011 at 11:25 pm

Thanks Flicka!
The one we look at is a 'long-3' and it is costing a lot more than 25$...but it too is a tape one.
Off to bed! It is 230am...BOL!
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 5:43 am

I've never used one before, I love to pull and then I choke myself, wonder if it would be good for me to use??
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 5:51 am

Hey Petey, if you hasn't been usin' one, don't think you need to start at this point.
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 6:03 am

your probably right Pepper....BOL
Barked by: Molly Morris (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 6:23 am

I will "chime" in now to bark to our good pal Petey...if it's not broke no need to fix it!BOL I think for an "older" pup as yourself, no need to change things now...the only thing mom will suggest is using a harness instead of a collar. All of the Morris pups use harnesses because we love pulling and choking ourselfs....BOL
Woof Woof, Molly
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 6:25 am

@Molly, Mom uses the harness type on me too cause it is also a seat belt for me when I'm in the car, but I still pull with that on and choke myself, they are amazed that I do cause it not around my neck...BOL
Barked by: Molly Morris (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 6:31 am

Well Petey, I understand cause when I get real excited and pull furry hard...I choke myself too and my pawrents are also amazed since your right...it's not around our neck!
Woof Woof, Molly
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 10:19 am

Hey pups, I use a front clip harness on occasion. It's not as much fun to pull in wunna those:(

But Ma considers that "cheatin'" and wants me to walk properly as a CGC should.
Barked by: ✨ Finley ✨ (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 12:50 pm

We uses flexis on our neighborhood walks, but Momma keeps it short except when we are walkin' around the open fields of the park... otherwise I's on lock-down. I also uses a harness cuz I gets so excited I "sled dog" and start quackin' like Donald Duck if they clip it to my collar!!
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

September 19th 2011 at 4:06 pm

BOL, Finley! Quackin' like Donald Duck!


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