Leash training and why it's important.
Leashes and Dogs.
Leashes have been around for a while. Almost every dog I know is leash trained. There are a few that are not. With that being said, you may not think Fido needs trained. Fido does. Many, many places have leash laws. What?? That's right. Laws. Your dog has to be on a leash. Places like parks and walking trails require them. In all honesty, I support them. I don't want to be hiking with my small dog and having her be attacked by a big dog who's owner could have prevented it. You might say, "Oh, but Scruffy here listens to voice commands and never runs." Dogs are natural hunters. That lazy, snoring Bulldog of mine may not bring down a deer or kill an elk, but that doesn't mean anything. The moment we let her outside in our yard, she's on the hunt for something. Food, treats, the neighborhood cat who torments her. She doesn't leave the house without her leash and a back up.
Foster dog on leash.
Why is leash training important?
Now, I work at a animal clinic. I have the privilege of cleaning out the dog runs and taking the dogs potty. This morning, I went in. I normally get to work at five am and work a few hours then head home to take care of my dog and cats. Today was surgery day. We do surgeries Tuesday through Thursday. A little poodle by the name of Izzy was dropped off by her owner last night to make sure the dog didn't eat. (Eating the night before surgery is bad.) I walk the big dogs first then the little ones. In total, I had five dogs. Four big, one little. After my last dog, Skye, was walked, I went to get Izzy. No one told us that she didn't know how to walk on a leash.
You may wonder why I launched into half hour story time and here is why. My job as a kennel tech means I have to make sure the dogs do their thing. This little three pound pup wouldn't walk on the leash. Whenever I put her down, she jumped around and pulled against our leash which only scares her more because of how tight it got. It took a good twenty minutes to just get her to potty. I've had big dogs that way too. Ruby is a 200 some pound Mastiff. She's a big dog with a big bite and a big hatred for leashes. Ruby and her brother Cody normally stay a week or so while their parents are out of town. No biggie. Walking her on the other hand is an absolute battle. I normally walk her with two leashes after what happened.
Ruby and I were walking out of the clinic by the back door. Now, to remind you it's five am. It's dark and I understand it's scary. Ruby decided she wanted to bite through my leash and take off. Thank goodness I reacted quick because a semi was coming down the road. Poor Ruby almost didn't make it. Once she was back inside, I gave her hugs, her food and a new blanket.
You may be reading this going, "I'll never board my dog so it really doesn't matter." You might be right, but what about a dog sitter? What about your mom coming over to take Fries to her vet? Vet's require your dog to be on a leash. Leash training is one of the most important things you can teach your dog besides sit, stay and come.
Here is another dog who comes into the clinic. Ace. He is a three year old German Shepard police dog. Lovely dog. Great manners, listens to commands, but he still needs a leash. Just because he's a trained police dog, doesn't mean he doesn't need a leash. Leashes save lives. Not just in case Oreo gets in front of a car, it's when I'm walking my dog Allie and your 200 pound Mastiff decides he's hungry and gobbles up my pup.
Leashes save lives
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Leash tips and tricks.
Here are a few good articles from dog trainers about leash training. You may not agree with them, but over all, they are great tips.
Leash training from Iams.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.