A good article concerning off lead Dogs. Many of you know I am a sponsor of Yellow Dog UK and advocate for Dogs who need space. Yesterday I was working with Clients with a Dog who needed space. One individual did not respect this. Had no control of their Dog who ran over 200 yards to my Client who then preceeded to attack the Dog I was working with. The owner ambled up calling his Dogs name. Meanwhile myself and my Clients are trying to control their Dog. And we're trying to keep the Dog at bay. This Dog was not friendly. This frightened my Clients Dog, who has already achieved so much. I managed to eventually grab hold of the Dog who was bearing its teeth at me and hold onto it still waiting for the owner to retrieve it. Who then proceeded to give my Clients a load of verbal abuse. Luckily we had witnesses who calmed my Clients and said they was so scared for us and could see the Dog coming at us and that there was nothing we could do other than we did and described the off leads Dog behaviour as "circling us like a shark".
This situation is frightening for all involved whether your with a Trainer or not. This is frightening for the Dog and the owner. It's OK to say my Dogs friendly but in this case it wasn't and could of ended badly. Please keep encouraging people to keep their Dogs on lead, if they have no control or management of their Dog. Especially in an area where there are also signs requiring Dogs to be kept on lead.
Everyone wants to enjoy taking their Dog for a walk be they reactive or friendly in a safe way. Nobody wants to see anyone get hurt. If you do have a Dog with no recall or reactive issues and don't want to seek out a Trainer please seek out an enclosed Dog field. There are so many up and down the Country now and it will help you to allow your Dog off lead in a safe way with no incidents. When not using a Dog field please just use a lead .