So many times, when we are out and about in urban/suburban areas we see people walking with their dogs off lead. It makes us worry.
Yes, the owners feel that they know their dogs well enough to trust that they won’t run off, jump into the road or get into trouble – but this doesn’t stop nature from taking over sometimes. What would happen if there was a loud, unexpected noise from behind a wall or fence?
What if someone decided to start the hedge trimmer or chainsaw?
What if a car backfired?
What if a cat leapt down in front?
Suddenly, your usually well behaved dog no longer sticks to the path. They jump, they run, they chase. You no longer have control and your dog is a danger to themselves and others. They may be scared and recall is simply not happening.
It is so very important for your dog’s safety and welfare to keep them on a lead in a built up area. Of course all dogs want to run around and play, but there is a time and place and as responsible dog walkers we only ever let dogs off lead in secure spaces.
It’s up to us to keep our dogs safe as well as happy.