An Open Letter to Those Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
Hi! I’m Micheal Dupre with the Terrier mix called Linus. I want to take a minute and ask you to stroll your dog with a leash.
No, I get it. Your dog is incredible and trained. You’ve been through extensive training, and your pet dog knows a multitude of verbal commands. Your pet dog is a service animal and checkouts children’s cancer wards and retirement communities and is the best-behaved pet you’ve ever had. I get that.
The fact is, I don’t care about your dog. When I’m strolling Linus leashed, and you’re walking your pet let loose, my issue is for my dog, not yours.
While I know you’re 100% convinced that your canine will not do anything spontaneous, I get it. Neighbor, the truth is that your dog is an animal and any claim that you’re 100% certain your pet won’t do anything is incorrect. They MAY not. However, you can’t be sure. It’s easy; dogs are animals and respond intuitively.
Yes, I’m personally invested because Linus wasn’t socialized before living with me. So, he’s terrible with other pet dogs, he enjoys individuals, yes, ensures kids but doesn’t like other pet dogs … and squirrels, he hates squirrels. You’ve probably seen we cross the street when we look at another canine.
While I’ve trained Rufus to ignore other pets, if your pet dog starts barking, he’ll respond. If your pet isn’t leashed and decides to act naturally (again, they’re pet dogs) and runs towards us, Rufus will return. I worry that it would be wrong.
In spite of my efforts to prevent your unleashed pet dog and the reality that your pet ran towards my dog, and he safeguards himself, felt confident, we would be thought about at fault.
You’re putting MY dog in jeopardy because YOUR dog is unleashed. That’s uncool. (read this story if you doubt the reality of this.).
Yes, I’m actively aware of the many preconceptions around the pit bull. I find type specific predisposition, and legislation, deplorable and don’t believe they can, or should, be widely applied. However yea, I’m aware. It’s why I’ve trained Rufus to be a responsible canine person, and I’m an accountable dog owner and utilize a leash. I’m reluctant to put my canine, or yours, in a position where he might feel threatened and hire his instincts.
I was once like you. I used to have a dog that I walked without a leash. When confronted, I protected my dog like you do, saying “He won’t do anything” “He’s friendly” and my personal favorite “Relax” (when has anything good ever come from someone saying “Relax” in a heated situation?). When I reflect now, I’m embarrassed about my habits. I was wrong.
Please consider this letter. The advantages of keeping your dog on a leash far exceed the potential effects of not. It’s also thoughtful of your neighbors. If you’re still doubtful, it’s safe to presume your state has some leash law.