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The Pro's & Con's of a long leash

Using a long leash for a dog can have positive and negative aspects depending on the needs, actions and responses of the dog and their guardian.

Positive Reasons for Using a Long Leash:

Training Purposes: A long leash can be a valuable tool for training commands and especially recall, allowing a dog more freedom while still maintaining contact with their dog walker and not being able to run off.

Exploration and Freedom: It provides a dog with the opportunity to explore and have a sense of freedom during their walk or in a controlled environment, promoting physical and mental stimulation.

Exercise: In secure and open areas, a long leash allows a dog to engage in more vigorous physical activities such as running around which is especially beneficial for high-energy breeds.

Behavioural Rehabilitation: For dogs with fear or anxiety issues, a long leash can help build confidence by allowing them to move away from perceived threats at their own pace whilst still attached to their dog walker/trainer.

Negative Reasons for Using a Long Leash:

Lack of Supervision: Leaving a dog unattended on a long leash can lead to safety issues and entanglement. Dogs should always be supervised to prevent accidents.

Uncontrolled Behaviour: If a dog is not trained or has behavioural issues, using a long leash without proper control may lead to problems such as pulling, running away, or aggressive encounters.

Safety Risks: Using a long leash in busy or high-traffic areas creates unnecessary safety risks for both the dog, its handler and those around them. It may result in tangles, tripping hazards, or the dog running into unsafe situations.

Tangling Hazards: Long leashes can create a high risk of tangling around objects or the dog itself, leading to injuries and possible escape attempts. This will create stress for both the dog and the dog walker.

Improper Use: Using a long leash without proper training or understanding of its limitations may lead to unforeseen consequences. It's important to use it responsibly and in appropriate settings.

Before using a long leash, consider your dog's temperament, behaviour, and training level. Always use the leash responsibly, be aware of the surroundings, and ensure the safety of both the dog and others in the area you are walking.

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