I walk my dog off leash near roads all the time. Most of our ovals are off leash and surrounded by roads.
I think one of the most important pieces of equipment dog owners can have is a good quality leash, and as someone who handles and works with a range of different dogs whether the leash the dog is attached to is safe is one of the first things I look at.
My dog doesn't strain on the leash when she sees a cat either... (Or chase cats or birds across a road when off leash)
But this has gone off topic - my fault. The original question was about where to get good quality leashes and how often they need to get replaced.
Last edited by Beloz; 11-11-2012 at 12:21 PM.
Last time I was in Canberra - I could find hardly anywhere that was still dog off lead.
There's a big off lead area in the East Parklands of Adelaide and there is a short dead end road at the Southern end of it - and that's where I saw an off lead labrador that should not have been on the road or on the dog club side of the road - run straight in front of a moving car.
There was a gawd awful crunch that sickened and shocked me and friend who had just been discussing how irrepsonsible it was to let that dog roam on the road like that - we get a lot of hoons on it testing their brakes or just frustrated leaving because they didn't notice the no through road sign at the start...
Dog ran back to its owner, it was bleeding on the chin - we were worried about internal and facial injuries but the owner wanted to walk it home and not go to the vet - ARRGGGHHH. The owner had no phone and no lead for the dog. She also said the dog was always going over to the bins - and by implication - she never did anything about it.
The poor person whose car was hit by the dog took it to the vet. I admit I was a tad useless not having my phone on me either, and having my dog with me - I couldn't let her go to help the other dog. I will be better prepared next time but FFS - don't let your dog on the road.
That's an awful experience, Hya. I've heard dogs getting hit by cars and it haunts you.
(Not not sure what it has to do with the leash topic though.)
I am lots of things Hya, but stupid is not one of them. So I am well aware it is not a grand idea to let your dog wander onto the road. There is a world of difference between off leash and not under control. It is what I train for. And though you obviously do not believe that it is possible, I do care enough about my dog to not let her off leash if I didn't trust I could control her in any situation and was willing to supervise her. There are few easily accessible off leash places here with no roads at all nearby.
The original story shows how important voice control is. I would much rather trust on that than on a leash, no matter how strong it is.
It wasn't you that let your dog wander on the road. It's not you I'm angry with. It is possible - I haven't achieved it for high level distractions eg cats, possums, good friends - so there are many times my dog goes on lead when otherwise with lower level distractions - she'd be ok. She stays on lead on the footpath because there are way too many cats, possums and friends, not to mention front yard snail bait to risk her off lead.
I'm mad at people who routinely let their dogs wander into danger. And there are a lot of dog phobic people out there who also use footpaths. And they tend to have the worst response possible to an off lead dog - especially the big dogs - ie taller than knee high. And it's those people the politicians are making the rules for - so personally - I don't want to see more rules - like no dogs on footpaths - because some people don't follow the rules we have.
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