Swivel Clip: A swivel clip prevents your leash from twisting into a knot. This would make the retractable functionality stop working altogether.
Locking Type/Mechanism: Most retractable leashes offer a stop or lock button. These press against the coil of leash available, or against the strand currently being released. This stops the leash from being released any further.
Cord or Tape Leash Type: Cord-style leashes are often the lighter-weight option and can work for smaller dogs. However, they also pose a greater risk of possible injury. Separately, the tape-style leash is stronger and can work for small and large dogs.
Attachments: These make retractable leashes even more useful. Some of the most popular attachments are; an attachable flashlight, poop bag holder, and even a treat holding pouch.
Comfort: Opt for an ergonomically-designed grip that offers ultimate comfort.A nice anti-slip grip would be a plus.
Grip: a comfortable grip can make your walkies all the more enjoyable.
Length: The length you end up choosing will depend on a few factors. Notably, the areas that you plan on walking and how well behaved your dog is. If you’re planning on walking through dense undergrowth or woodlands, a shorter lead is advisable.
Size: For the love of your arms and shoulders – opt for a lightweight option.
Colour/Visibility: When out walking your dog, especially if you’re going to give your dog a longer distance to roam – it’s important that you can see him easily and, more importantly, that other walkers and passing drivers can, too