Free Range Dog.
Maybe it’s because my dogs are little or the fact that they get very excited when they see bigger dogs but I have never entertained the idea of walking my dogs off lead.
We don’t have any dog parks close to us but an early experience we had with Honey in an off lead park put us off the idea.
The world is full of good people and idiots and the idiots seem to be in the majority and some of these idiots own dogs, so it is unrealistic to expect that every owner in an off lead area is paying attention, so if things go pear shaped you will probably be on your own!
People who walk their dogs off lead always say the same thing as their dog rushes over to say ‘hello’ to my dogs…. “It’s OK he/she is friendly”. My reply is always the same also, “That’s fine but my dogs aren’t!”
It doesn’t take much for a friendly dog to turn nasty especially if he get bitten on the nose by a small white tornado who does not like his space invaded!
Walking off lead is simply not worth the risk of injury to your dog.
A friend of mine justifies it by saying she wants her dog to experience freedom. Her comments show that she does not know what her dog really needs…… calm assertive LEADERSHIP.
A stray cat, or a rabbit can see your ‘friendly, well behaved dog’ flying into traffic.
If you truly love your dog, keep her safe and trotting along next to you and on a lead.
And watch out for Victorian era bad guys.