Many gundog owners struggle with the decision of whether or not to give their dogs free time  to roam whilst out walking. On the one hand, it’s lovely to see your dog run and explore; on the other hand, you don’t want them getting into trouble or running off.

In this podcast and blog post, LWDG Group Expert Samantha Thorneycroft Taylor explains how to find a balance between giving your dog free time and maintaining both safety and obedience.

The History of Gundogs

Gundog free time is an essential topic for any dog owner to consider. Gundogs are dogs bred and trained to work with hunters in the field. These dogs are highly intelligent and have a strong work ethic.

Throughout history, these working dogs would have led a different life to the one they have now where, as multi-purpose dogs, they are both trained to do a job and also to live as a part of our families and be involved in family life.

However, they also have a strong sense of independence. As a result, they may not always follow their owner’s commands. This can be frustrating for owners who are not used to working with such a wilful breed of dog.

Gundogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation. If they are left alone in the house all day without training, they may become bored and restless. This can lead to problems such as chewing or digging. Therefore, it is crucial to provide gundogs with plenty of mental and physical stimulation opportunities.

The pros and cons of giving dogs free time

On the one hand, it can be argued that dogs should be given as much free time as possible. Dogs are social animals that thrive on interaction with their owners and other dogs. Allowing them to roam freely gives them the opportunity to explore their environment and socialise with other animals.

On the other hand, it is essential to consider the safety of both the dog and the community when deciding to allow a dog to roam without supervision or social rules.

Dogs that are not properly trained can be a danger to themselves and others, and they may also become more inclined to ignore your commands in favour of becoming self-employed.

As a result, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of giving dogs free time before making a decision.

Tips on how to allow dogs free time while maintaining safety

Dogs are loyal companions that provide us with endless hours of fun and exercise, but they also need some free time to relax. If you’re careful and take a few simple precautions, you can help your dog stay safe while still enjoying the outdoors.

First, make sure your dog is trained correctly and has a good understanding of basic obedience commands. This will give you more control when you’re out on walks together.

Second, keep your dog on a leash in areas with cars or other potential hazards. And finally, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your dog.

By following these simple tips, you can help your furry friend enjoy the freedom he deserves while keeping him safe and sound.

The podcast and post discuss the pros and cons of giving dogs free time to roam whilst out walking and offer tips on allowing dogs free time while maintaining safety.

Dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation and should be appropriately trained before being allowed to roam free. In addition, owners should be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye on their dogs at all times when outdoors.

What are your thoughts on giving dogs freedom? Let us know in the comments below! Do you give your dog(s) freedom when out walking, or do you keep them on a leash? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading! Until next week, bye for now

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