International Positive Dog Training Association
Setting The International Standard For Humane Dog Training
Tool: Retractable Leashes
Rating: Unacceptable due to potential for mis-use, abuse and/or malfunction in the hands of the average handler and for high risk of accident, injury and/or death.
Note: Allows for very little control over the dog's movements and encountering stimuli in the environment. High risk of entanglement, breakage and/or escape. A wide variety of injuries including death have been reported to both the dog on the retractable leash, its handler and other animals and/or people in the facinity.
Operant Sequence: Positive Punishment or Negative Reinforcement
• When locked down, adding a pop-release correction to decrease the likelihood that the behaviour will be repeated.
For example, adding a pop-release correction with the leash to stop the dog from pulling.
• Stopping the pop-release correction to increase the likelihood that the behaviour will be repeated.
For example, ending the pop-release correction to keep the dog in heel position. (avoidance conditioning)
Conclusion: Not advisable for use under any conditions.
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