So many people feel that a dog belongs on a leash. They either don’t have the time, or patience to keep up with a young dog that’s running around all over the place, so they make the dog stay in the backyard on a leash.
That is just not right. A dog wasn’t made for people to tie up permanently. They were meant to run wild, be free, and explore.
Keep in mind that tying up your dog for extended periods of time, or as a habit is a sure way to ruin the dog’s temper. They’re not healthy, both mentally and physically. They are likely to get aggressive and bolt at the first opportunity – Wouldn’t you?
Having a dog is a responsibility. If you’ve bought a dog by mistake and realize too late that you don’t have the ability to care for him or her, then at least try and find a good home that will take care of them properly. It’s no shame to you. Everyone makes mistakes. But you must take responsibility to correct those mistakes.
Many times while walking along a road, you will come across a cute or handsome dog being walked by his owner, and you will want to go upto them and pet them.
This may be dangerous. First, look at the dog. Does he look happy, or afraid? A dog can be nervous of strangers and can react oddly out of fear. It usually helps to ask the owner – “Is he friendly?”, and if she says yes, you can usually go ahead and make friendly overtures – but not too friendly if you sense that the dog isn’t ready yet.
Interestingly, I find that the dogs in countries where there are a lot of humans around like India, are more friendly than countries where contact with humans is more restricted. In India, there are people all over the roads and in the vicinity all the time, and this seems to make them more comfortable around humans in general. I have found most of the dogs on a leash in India friendly and apt to wag their tail and joyously make for even a stranger when I see them approaching…..not in America, where the canines seem more cautious.
I’m going to share a secret with you. Most of us would have at some point or the other, encountered a small dog on a leash that growls ferociously at us as we walk by. It will strain the chain, and make as if it was wishing it were free.
My personal experience shows that this is just a display of bravado! In most cases, if the dog is suddenly left off the leash, it will simmer down and pretend you’re not there. This is specially true with small dogs. They seem to have a bit of a a complex, and feel that they have to prove that they’re just as good as other dogs!
Hence they will bark and strain and bare their teeth with you when they are safely at the end of a leash. But watch them when they’re free. There will be nary a whimper out of them!
Of course, this is assuming you don’t take flight at the sight of one. Nothing pushes a dog’s buttons more than a fleeing prey. It needs a bit of care to stay around strange dogs, irrespective of whether they’re on a leash or not.