Leashing your dog does your pet–and you–a big favor. Pet experts, authorities in your municipality, and most dog owners agree a leash creates control and connection in the pet-human relationship. Here are 5 top reasons for leashing your canine friend.
A Leash Helps Prevent the Unexpected.
Even the star pupil in dog obedience school can do the unexpected. Your pet spies a squirrel across the street. Your neighbor lets her cat out. A postal carrier hops out of his truck to deliver a package. For whatever reason, an unleashed pooch can leave his master’s side in an instant. An attentive owner with a leashed dog is less likely to be unpleasantly surprised, and the pet, far less likely to be bitten by another dog or other wildlife, struck by a vehicle or sickened by pepper spray.
A neighbor of mine never walks his dog on a leash. Unfortunately, he lost a dog a few years ago because she ran out in front of a car. Despite this (and despite warnings from the town animal control officer), he walks his charge untethered. The dog runs up on porches and has scared pedestrians and other pets. Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan says don’t even let your pooch go to the mailbox with you unless he is leashed. Remember, too, that a dog will eat anything–fresh, stale, infested with parasites or rotten– that he finds on the ground. An owner is one step ahead of leashed Fido and can prevent these unexpected, and unhealthy, snacks–and a big veterinarian bill. Also, a controlled dog won’t “do his business” where he shouldn’t; this is a good neighbor thing.
Some People are Afraid of Dogs
Because of a bad experience or dog’s size or breed, some children–and adults– are afraid of dogs, even when a pet has a reputation for being sweet-tempered. Don’t scare people by letting your dog walk unleashed. People will be more relaxed passing by a dog who is controlled by and attached to his owner.
It’s the Law
When a dog runs free, the owner can be issued an appearance ticket and a fine of $100 or much more. Why? Most municipalities across the country have laws regarding leashes, fencing, hunting dogs and so on. Violation of these can cost big money and even time away from the pet.
A Bite Can Equal a Lawsuit
Many states have very strict dog bite laws–“one-bite rules.” Law experts at nolo.com state that an unprovoked dog bite can result in a lawsuit and/or in euthanizing the animal. In such states, the person who sues must prove:
-who owns the dog
-he (the person who complains) was acting in an ordinary, peaceful manner
All this heartache can be avoided with a leash.
A Leash Connects Owner and Dog at the Heart-level
Dog trainers say a leash establishes who is boss, and dogs like that. Dog owners and pets bond well when they walk with a leash between them and when the owner is disciplined and confident in the way he handles his canine charge.
Walking a dog on a leash is a win-win situation. Trouble is avoided and the pet-owner relationship is strengthened.