4 Important Leash-Safety Tips
In addition to helping pet parents pick out the best products for their animal companions, retailers should be ready to provide advice on how to safely use them. While at first glance, a leash may seem easy to handle, this product can also cause serious injuries such as broken bones, torn ligaments and dislocated joints. Here are some helpful tips that retailers can give their customers on how to properly use a leash.
1. Do not wrap the leash around your hand.
Instead, hold the handle in their palm so they can have more control when walking their dog.
“If the dog takes off, it happens so quickly that you don't have time to unwrap the leash,” said Mark Cohen, MD, a hand, wrist and elbow surgeon at Rush University Medical Center. “By the time you realize there's traction on your fingers or wrist, you may already be falling down, or already have suffered a fracture.”
These kinds of leash-related injuries can also result in the need for surgery and rehabilitation in order to heal.
2. Avoid putting your fingers under a dog’s collar when attaching a leash.
Doing this can result in finger fractures if the dog unexpectedly pulls away. Pet parents should hold just the attachment ring when connecting a leash.
3. The best leash to use is a short leash. A longer leash gives a dog more of an opportunity to pull and offers less control.
4. Don't walk your dog while on a bike, scooter or skateboard.
While it may seem like a fun idea, it can also result in serious injury.
With these simple tips, retailers can help their customers stay safe during walks and demonstrate their value and the importance of their bond with their customers.