There is usually a good reason for a dog being on lead. Please give all dogs on leash the space that they need.
You may know that one of my dogs spent some months doing rehab due to an injury. She still acts like a puppy and is a master at hiding any hint of being in pain or injured. She also loves to play with other dogs. To manage her injury, we needed to restrict her from playing, but also exercise her in a safe and controlled way. To ensure that she still had a great quality of life, her walks progressed from being in the house, to in the back yard, to out in public.
One of our greatest challenges was finding places where my dog could be exercised safely and without friendly dogs asking her to play.
Other dogs that I have worked with have initially been so eager to play with other dogs that they would pull their owners over. The owners spent their hard-earned money and time to teach their dog how to walk on a loose lead. They started by working in tightly controlled environments and then gradually work up to being able to walk on lead, at a great distance from other dogs. An off-leash dog, approaching these on lead dogs can undo all this work in a matter of seconds and put the training back by months.
So the next time that you see a dog on lead, please remember that they may have a good reason for being on lead. You can help them by ensuring that your dog is either put back on lead until they pass, or that you ensure that your dog gives them space.
I am sometimes asked what game I love the most. Well, I love playing lots of different games with my dogs. The game that has had the largest positive impact in my house would have to be the Boundary Games.
Nami, one of my dogs, was 11 months old when she became a part of my family. She had difficulty with calming down, would steal food and would jump on chairs and tables while doing zoomies around the house. She had never been taught a lot of the basic behaviours that I like to see in my dogs.
Boundary Games have given me back a peaceful meal time with my family. Yes, Nami used to enjoy jumping at the table to steal food. I tried all sorts of things to get her to stop with varying results. Locking the dogs out of the room, led to crazy barking, asking the dogs to sit was just repetitive and frustrating, ignoring the dogs led to the jumping up being rewarded as they managed to steal food. Boundary Games were the quiet, calm solution that I had been looking for.
Boundary Games have also helped both of my dogs to learn to be calm in a range of different situations. For example, Nami used to become over aroused at events such as agility trials. Giving her a defined boundary in these situations allows her to calm down and make better choices.
We look forward to teaching you how to build a better relationship between you and your dog.
At Roley Dogs, we love working with our clients. In fact, we have a great time teaching concepts to our handlers and their dogs through fun games and activities. Wouldn’t you prefer to train your dogs in a way that allowed you to enjoy the process and get great, long lasting results?