I got a 26 foot retractable leash for my little dog and we both love it. He goes ahead but always finds something he is interested in before he gets to the end so I catch up. Him pulling at the leash does not happen like it used to and walking him is way more enjoyable than with a standard leash. Plus no slack leash to get tangled up in. Got mine at Petco. Flexi leash made in Germany. After using it I am glad I got the 26 footer. Sorry about your pup.