I loved him enough to always attach the leash.
It's been a long, cold winter and no one is more excited about the weather warming up than dogs and their owners! I love getting my dogs out for walks around town. It's a great way for us to get some exercise and shed some of those winter pounds.
I took Sophie out on Thursday for a loop around Grand Ave. I was surprised at how many leash manners she had forgotten over the winter. She pulled and tugged even though I had her gentle leader on. It wasn't the "I just want to go, go, go", but rather the "get me home, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all of the sights, sounds, and smells". She has no issues when we are at home, but there is a bit of uncertainty when the surroundings change. We will continue practicing. I'm pretty sure if Boomer can trot down Grand Ave. without a flinch, she will too.
I hope all dog owners will take the opportunity to get outside with their dog and take them for a walk, even if it's just around the block. It is so helpful for your dogs confidence and ability to have good social interactions with others. But, please remember, your dog needs to be on a leash and that leash needs to be in your hand.
I stopped at a store on my way home from work the other day. While I was waiting for my order, I peered out the window to see 2 dogs and 2 owners walking along a trail that ran parallel to Hwy. 71 where the speed limit was 45 mph. The trail could not be more than 20 feet from the highway. The owners had leashes in their hands, but the other end was not connected to their dogs. I watched in horror as they came up to an intersection with the dogs trucking right out in the middle of it with the owners lagging behind. One of the owners was able to retrieve her dog and attach the leash, the other was not successful and the dog continued in the path of a car, completely ignoring the owner. I thought that maybe the close call would have initiated the owner to get the leash clipped on, but it didn't.
While I would like nothing more than to let my dogs run off leash, I know that there are so many things that can and will happen resulting in my dog being harmed or killed. I don't need to take that risk and my dogs depend on me to keep them safe.
So, if you believe that your dog is so well trained and behaved that a leash is not needed, then do me a favor and attach the thing to the dog and to you. If Fido is that dependable, then it should not cause any problems to have that leash on it.
If you like it, then you shoulda put a leash on it!!