Walking your dog off-leash may sound like a great idea for giving Fido a bit of freedom. However, if you intend to walk your dog without a dog leash, don’t be surprised to see other dog owners or people walking in the same park not so content with your decision. There is quite a debate going on and learning a few things can prevent you from doing the wrong thing.
Many dogs are friendly, so what’s the harm?
Dog owners who like to walk their pets off-leash do not always understand the concern manifested on the other side of the barricade. They say that their dogs are friendly and would not hurt anyone. While that may be true, there are all sorts of situations when even the most affectionate dog can act up.
Let’s say, for instance, that your dog approaches another dog, and the latter becomes aggressive. Even if your pet is friendly and accommodating as a general rule, he or she will feel the need to react accordingly to an aggressive attack.
When dogs approach children, that can end up badly. Large dogs can be quite intimidating, and children can be fearful of them, even if nothing happens. The same rule applies to dogs, too. Not all of them are comfortable when approached by other dogs, and they can have different reactions than you might expect.
What etiquette rules to follow
If you do not want to give up on the idea of walking your dog off-leash, the best you can do for the rest of the community is to follow the necessary etiquette rules. The first and the most important commandment is to make sure that your dog will come back to you, the moment you call him or her.
Your dog must always be under your control, and there is no way around you. How do you expect other dog owners or other people around to approve of your dog being walked off-leash when you cannot ensure that he or she will harm no one?
Don’t let your dog become a nuisance to others. This includes children, other dogs, and overall, everybody around. While as a dog parent, you love your fluffy friend, some people may be averse to dogs, regardless of how friendly and fantastic they are.
This is something you have to respect when walking your dog without a leash. Also, bear in mind that all the dog waste should be picked up, placed in disposable bags and then thrown in the designated garbage bins.
Register your dog with the local council, and ensure that he or she is wormed regularly and has all the vaccinations needed to be performed by your vet.
If you like walking your dog off-leash, it is possible, but only if you follow the above rules. You will be just as content with these rules when other dog owners follow them, and you don’t have to worry about your four-legged friend getting attacked or even bitten by another dog without a leash.