Respect The Lead Campaign
The aim of the Respect The Lead campaign to spread the word about how to let your dog interact with others in a happy and safe way, and help raise awareness that dogs are often kept on a lead for good reason.
When a dog is being kept on a lead, being approached by a confident or excited dog can make it feel trapped and cause it to lash out. This can be dangerous for both dogs and owners, and can result in serious injury.
Whilst it’s common to see a dog being walked on a lead for obvious reasons, such as a road being nearby, there are many reasons which are sometimes not so obvious. This can include a dog which is –
- Reactive to other dogs, animals, or people
- Undergoing training
- A New rescue dog, gaining confidence
- Recovering from injury or surgery
- A Young puppy, learning about the world
- Elderly or frail
When a dog is being kept on a lead, being approached by a confident or active dog can make them feel trapped and cause them to lash out. This can be dangerous for both dogs and owners alike and can result in serious injury.
For some dogs, meeting lead to lead can also put dogs and owners in a vulnerable situation.
Your dog may be happy to interact with others but remember that this is not the case for everyone. If you see another dog on a lead, then respect that they may need some space.