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10 Best Extendable Dog Leads UK 2022 | Flexi, TUG and More

Keeping your dog safe when out for a walk while allowing them the freedom to sniff and explore is a tricky balance. Extendable leads, also known as retractable leads, are a brilliant solution. With lengths of up to 10 meters, your dog will be able to stretch their legs with the reassurance that they can quickly be halted or recalled around traffic, people and other pets.


This guide will help you to find the right extendable lead for your dog, with tips on safety, design and much more. We've even ranked the 10 best retractable dog leads in the UK from Amazon and Pets at Home.

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  • Last updated: 11-08-2022
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How to Choose an Extendable Dog Lead in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose a Tape-Style Lead or a Cord Lead Under 3 Meters to Avoid Tangling
  2. Opt for Hi-Vis Components For Safety in Low Light Conditions and at Night
  3. Look for a Lead With One or More Brake Buttons for Better Control
  4. Seek Out Useful Extras Like Poop Bag Holders and LED Lights

1.Choose a Tape-Style Lead or a Cord Lead Under 3 Meters to Avoid Tangling

1.Choose a Tape-Style Lead or a Cord Lead Under 3 Meters to Avoid Tangling

Nowadays, thicker tape-style retractable leads are the norm. Anti-tangle, or '360 degree' leash technology systems, allow wider leads to retract just as reliably as thinner ones. Plus, wider leads are obviously more visible, reducing the risk of tripping. If the worst happens, tape-style leads are less likely to result in a deep linear cut, which is a risk associated with cord-style leads.


However, if having a compact retractable lead is a top priority, a short cord lead measuring 3 metres or less could be the one to go for. These are less likely to cause injury as your dog will remain fairly close to you, and the reduced space taken up by the retracted lead means a much smaller casing, which could fit conveniently in your coat pocket.

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2. Opt for Hi-Vis Components to Help Improve Safety in Low Light Conditions and at Night

2. Opt for Hi-Vis Components to Help Improve Safety in Low Light Conditions and at Night

Busy lifestyles mean that many dog walks occur very early in the morning or late at night when visibility is poor. Not to mention the inevitability of bad weather! This makes hi-vis or brightly coloured gear a sensible choice to help keep you and your pet safe from traffic and other hazards.


Reflective stickers on the casing of the lead reflect street lights or headlights, resulting in a dramatic and eye-catching glow. Choosing a lead with reflective stitching will also offer some improved visibility. A neon coloured leash tape will let you and others see the extended lead in daylight, which can help avoid accidental trips and tangles.

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3. Look for a Lead With One or More Brake Buttons for Better Control

3. Look for a Lead With One or More Brake Buttons for Better Control

Being able to halt your dog's lead when needed is vital. All extendable leads have a brake button or two which you can use to pause the lead's outlay, lock it in a stop position or recall the dog towards you.

Most retractable leads only have one button. However, an extendable lead with two buttons may actually be easier to use. As there are dedicated lock and release buttons, you won't need to get the angle just right to ensure it's in the correct position.

Whichever braking system you choose, it's important to practise using it multiple times before allowing your dog to run on a longer lead. That way you will be confident in your ability to use it correctly in an emergency.

4. Seek Out Useful Extras Like Poop Bag Holders and LED Lights

4. Seek Out Useful Extras Like Poop Bag Holders and LED Lights

There are a number of attachments available to customise your extendable lead. Anything which makes your life easier gets a thumbs up from us, so it's definitely worth checking whether compatible accessories are available. 


  • Spare Dog Poop Bags: Picking up after your pet is part of being a responsible dog owner. Some extendable leads have an attachment into which spare bags can be placed. Although, be aware that some of these can dangle down irritatingly, especially if you walk at a brisk pace. To remedy this, you can buy retractable leads with a built-in cavity for storing poop bags within the leash casing.

  • Clip-on Carry Case: These can also be used to carry dog treats, saving you from the dreaded feeling of soggy crumbs in your pocket.  However, if you dog is very food-focussed, it may upset them having something unattainable that smells delicious dangling just behind their head.

  • LED light attachments: Lights can be clipped onto certain leads. The best out there will have a front LED light and red back light, which can be switched on and off individually. This gives any approaching drivers or pedestrians an idea of whether they are facing the front or back of the dog when walking in the dark. 

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Compare the Best Extendable Dog Leads

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Flexi - Giant Professional Neon Dog Lead for £49.99
  2. Flexi - Medium Extending Dog Lead for £16.00
  3. Flexi - Small Extending Comfort Dog Lead for £14.93
  4. TUG - 360° Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Lead for £15.99
  5. TUG - 360° Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Lead for £18.99

This article’s chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Flexi Small Extending Comfort Dog Lead 1

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TUG  360° Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Lead 1

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TUG  360° Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Lead 1

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Fida XS Retractable Dog Leash 1

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Pecute  Retractable Medium Dog Lead 1

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Kzoo  5m Retractable Dog Lead for Digs Under 15 kg  1

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Name

Giant Professional Neon Dog Lead

Medium Extending Dog Lead

Small Extending Comfort Dog Lead

360° Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Lead

360° Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Lead

XS Retractable Dog Leash

Retractable Medium Dog Lead

5m Retractable Dog Lead for Digs Under 15 kg

Retractable Dog Lead Extending Leash

Classic Cord X-Small Leash

Features

Extra-Long Lead Suitable for Big Dogs Up to 50 kg

Extendable Neon Lead With High-Vis Casing for Safety in Low Light

Comfortable Braking System Suitable for Small Dogs

Lead With Integrated Compartment for Storing Dog Poop Bags

Bright Orange Lead With Push-Button Locking System That Reacts Instantly

Strong and Sturdy Extendable Lead Available in Sizes XS to L

Retractable Lead With 1 Year Guarantee and 90 Day Money Back Promise

No Frills 5 m Dog Lead Suited to Smaller Dogs

Budget-Friendly Hot Pink Lead With Large, Comfortable Handle

Lightweight Retractable Cord Leash That’s Also Ideal for Cats

Price£49.99£16.00£14.93£15.99£18.99£13.99£16.14£12.99£8.99£10.45
Tape / CordTapeTapeTapeTapeTapeTapeTapeTapeTapeCord
Length10 m5 m5 m5 m5 m3 m 5 m5 m3 m3 m
Anti-TangleYes, Flexi tape guidance technology)Yes, Flexi tape guidance technology)Yes, Flexi tape guidance technology)Yes , 360°Tangle-Free technologyYes, 360°Tangle-Free technology Yes, 360° Tanglefree technologyYes, 360° Tangle-Free technologyYes, 360 rotation technologyYes, Anti-tangle feeder technologyUnspecified
Hi-VisYesYesNoNoYesYes (stitching)YesNoNoNo
Brake Buttons2111111111
Additional AccessoriesAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachmentAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachmentAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachmentIntegrated spare dog poop bag holder--Spare dog poop bag holder attachment plus a roll of bags---
Weight Limit50 kg25 kg15 kg16 kg50 kg8 kg30 kg15 kg15 kg8 kg
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10 Best Extendable Dog Leads in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used. 

1

Flexi Giant Professional Neon Dog Lead

£49.99

Tape / CordTape
Length10 m
Anti-TangleYes, Flexi tape guidance technology)
Hi-VisYes
Brake Buttons2
Additional AccessoriesAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachment
Weight Limit50 kg
2

Flexi Medium Extending Dog Lead

£16.00

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes, Flexi tape guidance technology)
Hi-VisYes
Brake Buttons1
Additional AccessoriesAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachment
Weight Limit25 kg
3

FlexiSmall Extending Comfort Dog Lead

£14.93

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes, Flexi tape guidance technology)
Hi-VisNo
Brake Buttons1
Additional AccessoriesAvailable separately: LED lighting system attachment, multi box treat / bag attachment
Weight Limit15 kg
4

TUG 360° Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Lead

£15.99

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes , 360°Tangle-Free technology
Hi-VisNo
Brake Buttons1
Additional AccessoriesIntegrated spare dog poop bag holder
Weight Limit16 kg
5

TUG 360° Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Lead

£18.99

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes, 360°Tangle-Free technology
Hi-VisYes
Brake Buttons1
Additional Accessories-
Weight Limit50 kg
6

FidaXS Retractable Dog Leash

£13.99

Tape / CordTape
Length3 m
Anti-Tangle Yes, 360° Tanglefree technology
Hi-VisYes (stitching)
Brake Buttons1
Additional Accessories-
Weight Limit8 kg
7

Pecute Retractable Medium Dog Lead

£16.14

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes, 360° Tangle-Free technology
Hi-VisYes
Brake Buttons1
Additional AccessoriesSpare dog poop bag holder attachment plus a roll of bags
Weight Limit30 kg
8

Kzoo 5m Retractable Dog Lead for Digs Under 15 kg

£12.99

Tape / CordTape
Length5 m
Anti-TangleYes, 360 rotation technology
Hi-VisNo
Brake Buttons1
Additional Accessories-
Weight Limit15 kg
9

AllPetSolutions Retractable Dog Lead Extending Leash

£8.99

Tape / CordTape
Length3 m
Anti-TangleYes, Anti-tangle feeder technology
Hi-VisNo
Brake Buttons1
Additional Accessories-
Weight Limit15 kg
10

Flexi Classic Cord X-Small Leash

£10.45

Tape / CordCord
Length3 m
Anti-TangleUnspecified
Hi-VisNo
Brake Buttons1
Additional Accessories-
Weight Limit8 kg

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