” Don’t worry, my dog is friendly “. We’ve all heard it before and, usually, it comes just before someone else’s dog jumps on our dog or knocks them over in their enthusiasm. It’s meant to be reassuring but, unfortunately, it often has the opposite effect.

Why? Because when dogs are out of control in public places it can be scary – not just for the people around us but also for the dogs themselves. A lack of control can lead to dangerous situations and can put a real strain on our relationships with our four-legged friends. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that our dogs are under control at all times when they’re out and about. This week’s podcast and blog offer some tips on how to do just that…

Podcast Edition

“Don’t worry, my dog is friendly”

Have you ever encountered someone telling you “Don’t worry, my dog is friendly” before- a dog that looks anything but? While this phrase is meant to reassure you, it can quite often have the opposite effect. Despite the owner’s best intentions and assurance of their pet’s disposition, too often it can come across as insincere or as if they are in denial. If a dog appears intimidating or is displaying aggressive body language, many people will likely still feel like they need to be on guard and maintain distance.

Regardless of whether a dog truly is friendly or not, it goes a long way when its owner displays confidence in mannerisms and control over the situation at hand. Having respect for those around us, whether furry or not, is key to having harmonious relationships with all living beings.

Ultimately, this kind of assurance may only serve to make potential dog meetings more awkward rather than easier. To avoid this uncomfortable situation, it is important to actively demonstrate your dogs’ friendly behaviour through body language or obedience commands.

Your Dogs Behaviour In Public

Dogs are beautiful creatures that bring us so much joy, but it’s important to remember that they need to be kept under control in public. Out-of-control dogs in public places can cause a variety of problems and should not be taken lightly, especially when the dog is someone else’s. Not only do overly active dogs cause disruption to other people around them, but they also create an unsafe environment for both themselves and others.

It’s imperative that owners ensure their pet is properly supervised at all times while out in public. Training your dog and being aware of their behaviour within a public environment are key factors to a successful outing with your pup.

Everything from teaching them basic obedience commands, and understanding their limits in high-energy situations or distressful ones such as seeing other animals can help prevent any unwanted surprises on an outing with your best friend!

Other Dogs Behaviour

The topic of out-of-control dogs in public places is a pertinent one, not just for dog owners but also for those who may encounter other people’s pets while out and about. Dogs that have not been trained to behave appropriately can cause a nuisance in a number of situations, from barking aggressively at passersby to jumping up to beg for treats from unknowing strangers.

Not only is this behaviour disruptive and potentially dangerous, but it can also lead to the establishment of stricter rules and legislation regarding dogs in public places – meaning fewer areas where we can bring our four-legged friends for exercise and socialisation.

With responsible ownership, however, we can ensure that our four-legged friends are well-behaved when heading out into the big wide world. By investing in basic obedience training and building bonds based on mutual trust and respect, dog owners everywhere can contribute to making life easier – and more enjoyable! – for all of us.

Why it’s important to ensure our dogs are under control at all times

Keeping your canine companion under control is essential for everyone’s safety and well-being when out and about, humans and animals alike. Uncontrolled dogs can easily become a hazard; they may take off running, barking excessively, or even worse, lunging at passersby. With your pup adequately restrained and observed, people of all ages can confidently pass by without fear of harm.

Moreover, your dog being well-behaved will protect you from potential legal issues or fines regarding public disturbance; some areas have even started to implement lead laws in certain areas. By remembering to keep your dog under control at all times on public outings, everybody wins for the sake of peace and serenity.

Tips for keeping your dog under control in public places

Keeping your dog under control in public places is important for ensuring the safety of your dog, you, and the people around you. A few things you can do to help is to make sure that your dog has the proper training and has been properly socialised.

Training should focus on basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, heel, come and leave it. If your dog stays responsive to these commands even with distractions then they will be more likely to remain calm in an unfamiliar environment.

In addition, making sure that you are exposing them to new experiences such as meeting other humans and animals can help them become better socialized so that they are comfortable in crowded areas. Overall, proper training and correct socialisation of your pup will help ensure safe and successful outings in public places.

 Ways to prevent dangerous situations from occurring with your pet in public areas

Having a pet is a great way to increase your daily quality of life, but it’s important to remember that taking them to public areas like parks or shopping centres can pose some risks. To ensure that you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable experience in a public setting, it’s best to keep safety top of mind.

Start by making sure your pet is always on a leash if its recall is unpredictable, as this ensures you have full control over their movements. Additionally, be courteous and respect the boundaries of others in the area by keeping your pet away from other animals unless they are welcome.

Bring along plenty of treats so you can motivate and reward your pet when necessary and make sure they have identification tags with their name and contact info if they ever get lost.

Finally, if you see any potential danger, take swift action before the situation worsens so both you and your canine family stay safe while out in public!

Final Thoughts…

It is important to ensure our dogs are under control when out in public in order to keep everyone safe and avoid any legal issues. To achieve this, dog owners should invest in basic obedience training like our Hot Mess Handler Course, and build bonds with their four-legged friends based on trust and respect.

Correct Socialisation is also an important factor in ensuring that dogs are comfortable with strangers in unfamiliar environments. When out in public, it is important to stay vigilant and keep the dog on a leash if their recall is unpredictable. Lastly, make sure your pet has identification tags with their name and contact information in case they ever get lost.

The key takeaway here is that it is our responsibility as pet owners to ensure that our pets are under control at all times when in public. Not only will this ensure everyone’s safety, but also make sure that we abide by local regulations and avoid any legal issues.

If you are looking for more information on controlling your pet in public settings, there are several options available. You can begin by researching lead laws and local regulations to determine which behaviours are prohibited in your area. You should also look into taking obedience classes with your pet to teach him or her how to properly socialise.

Lastly, talk to other gundog owners about their experiences with pet care and find out what remedies have worked for them. Taking these steps will allow you to take control of the situation and ensure that the safety of both yourself and your furry friend remains a priority.

Last week’s Podcast: Podcast Episode 71: Everyone Has a Role to Play &  How to Make Your Day On The Field a Success

Sources Of Further Information:

Dangerous Dog Act UK – https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/65/contents

Controlling Your Dog In Public – UK Government


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