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When Lightning was only a puppy and probably didn't weigh 40 pounds yet, I had a medium-sized dog retractable leash for him. He was a terrible puller, so one day I decided to try to nip that in the bud, and when he took off running, I let the leash play all the way out, and I planted myself in place so that he would hit the end of the leash like a brick wall. It seemed like a good idea at the time. However, when he hit the end of the leash, the leash snapped like a piece of thread, and I fell backward on my behind (in front of heavy rush-hour traffic). Lightning was so shocked he stood stock still until I could hobble over to grab him. So even skinny bassets are capable of snapping a nylon leash made for medium-sized dogs and sending their walker flying backward. (I still use a retractable leash; both he and I have learned a lot since he was a puppy.)
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