This is a great article and echo’s the advice I constantly give on a daily basis.
One of my early clients tragically lost her dog. He was a sweet boy. Very responsive, a dream to work with and the owner did her work. We had discussed safety, using leashes on walks, etc. over our sessions. She liked to have her dogs off leash when she hiked. Well I used to hike with my dogs, off leash, specific areas where it was allowed at the time, and my dogs had a lot of training, proofing and testing. Even at that, often my dogs were on leash. That was also over twenty years ago and I have changed my views a lot since then about general safety. You see, I knew my dogs’ limits but I cannot control other elements such as oh… Other loose animals. So now, I keep my dogs on leash unless it is a competition requiring off leash work.
Uhura at a lure coursing…
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