Your dog may be very friendly and hapy to play with other dogs, dare I say it, even overly friendly, but not everyone else’s dogs are. There are a range of reasons why a dog may be kept on a lead whilst out walking.
The dog may be recovering from illness or surgery and the last thing he or she would want would be a dog charging around it, jumping on it etc.
The dog maybe undergoing training, and doesn’t need distractions, it could be because it’s a young dog, a rescue or a dog that has fear issues. As someone who walks multiple dogs as part of my job I’m even more cautious than most. All of us at Gosforth K9 Day Care always go out of our way to take the best care of your dogs and this includes out on walks and the dogs we meet. If we come across a single dog and owner, if we can’t change direction and put distance between us all, we tend to put at least some of our dogs on their leads, particularly the ones who would bound over and ignore recall until ready. We always worry that it’s unfair on one dog to be approached by numerous other strange dogs, as it can be intimidating even to the most easy going, placid dog. So we are carefull. One thing that bugs me is that we can go out of our way, very obviously, to not bump into other dogs but other owners do not. But the point of this blog is really to remind people of the unwritten rules of dog walking.
The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.
Yellow Dog – Some dogs need space
If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandanna, harness etc, or on the dog, this it to let you know that this is a dog which needs some space. Please, do not approach this dog or the people with your dog. They will have avery good reason why their dog cannot be close to other dogs. How close is too close? Only the dog and his owner know, so maintain your distance and give them time to move out of your way.The yellow dog project is not well enough known, so check out the links and make your own minds up but above all, be mindfull and aware that not everyone has a perfect dog.