I am pleased to announce the launch of my Respect The Lead Campaign!
The aim of the campaign is to spread the word about how to let your dog interact with others in a happy and safe way, and help raise awareness that dogs are often kept on a lead for good reason.
Unfortunately, many dog owners do not understand the importance of good lead etiquette and controlling their dog when around others. Remember, whilst your dog may be happy to interact with others this is not the case for everyone. If you see another dog on a lead, then respect that they may need some space.
There are many reasons a dog may being kept on a lead whilst out walking. The dog may be reactive to other animals or people, they could be undergoing training, or be a new rescue dog gaining confidence. Dogs are also kept on leads if they are recovering from surgery, elderly and frail, or still young and learning about the world.
It is important to remember that when a dog is being kept on a lead, being approached by a confident or excited dog can make them feel trapped and cause them to lash out. This can be dangerous for both dogs and owners alike and can result in serious injury.
How to respect the lead
There are a few key points which all dog walkers should keep in mind when they are out and about –
- If you are walking your dog off lead and you see someone with a dog on a lead nearby, please recall your dog and avoid them rushing over. Then either put your own dog on a lead or re-route to avoid that contact.
- If an owner raises concern and tells you not to let your dog go near, then respect their request. Don’t allow your dog to rush over.
- Remember that even a seemingly friendly dog may lash out if it is approached whilst on a lead.
- If you are walking a dog on a lead and meet another dog on a lead, ask if it is OK for them to acknowledge each other and if it is follow ‘the 3 second rule’, they can sniff and introduce themselves but after 3 seconds pull away. Keep the meeting brief.
- If you do not have a reliable recall, then your dog should be kept on a lead.
Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable experience for both owner and dog alike, and by remembering to Respect The Lead we can ensure a safe and happy environment for everyone!
You can follow the campaign and find information to share with your friends on my Facebook page.