To leash or unleash your dog that is the question?
A friend posted something on Facebook yesterday, so I thought I’d go with it today! And dwelve into the subject more, breaking it down and talking about all possibilities. The Pros and cons, the when to leash and when not to, etc. How to handle walks or runs with your dog. You get the idea!
My main subject today was being seen while out for a walk or run with your dog, so we will talk about both which go hand in hand as it goes.
Going for a walk or run with your dog.
While going for a walk with your dog, you should consider purchasing a reflective vest for your dog. I purchased my dogs vests through www.agreendog.com . If you go out at night I urge you to get one, although day use is helpful too. The reflective vests I have allow my dogs to carry their own doggy poop bags empty and full! And my keys!
Correct side of the road to walk or run on.
Walking or running on the side of the street opposite on coming traffic allows traffic and you to see each other without having to waste precious moments turning around. Actually here in NYS, it is the correct way to walk on the street and is in the NYS driving manual!
Walking or running on the opposite side will allow you to see the oncoming traffic IMMEDIATELY and allow you to move over on to the curb, sidewalk (which I recommend you use in the first place if available), or just plain out of the way of a driver who lost control. Today there are drivers that still text and drive, etc so be forewarned!
If everyone is on the correct side you will not have to worry or worry less, about approaching unfamiliar dogs and risk any dogs becoming aggressive or wrapped in the leashes.
Get Your Leash On!
Getting your leash on will ensure the safety of your dog and you as well. First the obvious- your dog will not be able to run into traffic while chasing that “SQUIRREL!”. It will also protect the wildlife from having to run away from your dog. Even if you have perfect voice recall with your dog, if your dog sees something more attractive to them, they can be drawn to it and not care about coming back to you. So having a leash on your dog is protecting you, your dog, and all other animals around the two of you.
I would also like to mention, that leashes- although a safe way to walk your dog and something I am a fan of- can be a negative thing when meeting new dogs. Not all dogs will be friendly on leash, it can make a friendly dog lunge out at other dogs to get to them. Leashes can be inhibitors to being able to sniff another dog and be friends with a new dog. Not having their freedom to meet and greet a dog correctly can result in aggressive acts. So when walking or running with your dog please refrain from letting your dog meet new dogs. Also when your dog is attached to you they could go into a protective mode and any other dog or person who comes close to you could be in danger, and be a considered threat to the two of you. So PLEASE use caution when approaching other dogs- if on the road, walking or running in different directions. You should be ok, as you pass each other by being on opposite sides!
Lights, reflective gear
As I mentioned above lights and reflective gear will help be seen at night, you can buy clip on little lights for collars and clothing that you can place on each of you to help be seen. Reflective gear can work with those lights as well as oncoming cars lights. Reflective gear also help during the day time. I noticed years ago that UPS uses reflective vests for their employees and requires them to wear their vests at all times when they exit the truck to deliver a package to you! Day and night people will see that vest and look twice to avoid hitting you!
Ok, so bottom line, being seen by oncoming traffic is so important to the safety of you and your dog while out and about. Also when using a leash keep your dog safe from harm, use it wisely!
On that note, until next time, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.
The All American Dog Runner and the 4 American Dogs