Why To Walk Your Dog On A Leash (Part 1)

Beach Walk.

Beach Walk.

So many of us live in the country that leash walking our dogs isn’t the norm. That makes recall practice so much more doable, but leash work more hard to come by.  Some of us drive to town to practice leash work a few times a week, because it’s that important.

No excuses. Your dog need to know how to walk properly on a leash! Here are the first of several reasons why:

  1. You will eventually have to take your dog to the vet.

    Somehow, you have to get the dog from the car to the clinic, sit in the waiting room, and get your dog into the exam room. Maybe for maintenance/preventative treatments, maybe for an emergency. Your dog needs to know how to listen to you, and respond to you when you’re attached by a leash. So you need to be able to walk your dog on a leash.

  2. Your vet is going to ask you about your dog’s poop.

    When you take your dog to the vet, and say “He’s just not feeling right” your veterinarian’s first questions will be “How is he eating? How are his poops – normal? Peeing normally? You need to be able to answer!

If you don’t put a leash on your dog and pick up his poop (and look at it) – how will you know what to say?

Elizabeth Watson