As previously shown, there’s something to be said about dog owners being rewarded for their efforts in training their pets to safely be off-leash in public.
Although few & far between, there are a couple organizations that do just that. They give main caretakers a license for that practice. That is, provided both owner & canine show they’re competent in appropriate behavior.
It includes commanding & adequate response. It also gauges recalling, the dog’s ability to ‘stay’, & sit. All of those things are tested while being surrounded with more than one distraction. This is something that even an average dog owner & corresponding pooch should be able to pass.
Outside of America, dogs are more bound to be allowed without leashing, except when required in writing. At that, it’s pretty rare to find signs forcing an owner to leash its dog. The opposite holds true in the US. Dogs are expected to be on a leash, save where it’s stated they can be off it.
But there are still almost a million dog bitings a year. Across the pond, where dogs are minimally leashed? A comparatively paltry amount of less than 8,000. (& that’s almost 50% more from about 10 years since.)
When taking population proportions into account, human-biting dogs are less than one percent when not requiring to leash. In America is at over said percentage. Even when taking the higher cipher into consideration, one’s more likely to be mauled by another human than needing to worry about dog bites.
Looking at the leashing debate scientifically, research has been shown to favor off-leashing. In general, dogs not used to being on-leash are less likely to stray far. They’re also seldom seen going after other canines. Ditto for acting aggressive towards the average human, or outdoor-vandalizing.
Humans are a much bigger culprit in destroying the environment. So, just because some people don’t like to be comfortable around animals, it shouldn’t mean that dogs need to suffer for it. Especially if most have been shown to be well-behaved anyways.
But how did they found out? Read on…