It should be obvious that people who are both dog & outdoors enthusiasts would seek to put the two together. For what comes with it, we should also strive to not use a dog leash when doing it.
Yes, that may be seen as a problem. Cops have even been known to try shooting at a dog just because it was off-leash, never mind Rover wasn’t causing any trouble whatsoever. That’s how much paranoid we’ve become as a society.
Why would a dog deserve to be off-leash outdoors? Well, let’s start from the beginning. When asking the average person against off-leashing, there are three main underlying themes. It’s either because canines would go after other animals, that they poop indiscriminately, or they’re just downright scary. (That last one had a Korean family call on local dog pound authorities when, unbeknownst to me, the corral door where we kept two dogs came off & they got out).
Let’s consider the poop first. Yes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that dogs poop. Doesn’t everyone? People have also been known to poop outside. As with that situation, the same solution is to be used on the pooch. Put the poop in a container & properly dispose of it.
Granted, not evey dog caretaker seeks to publicly pick up their pooch’s mess, thus even less out more in nature. But poop & leashes are not related. A dog can poop while still being on a leash, right?
Then, What about the ‘wild goose’ chase? Any novelty animal, whether with feathers or fur, pretty sure a dog would go after it. There’s a reason why this is supposed to be acceptable behavior instead of condemnatory.
It’s this type of instinctual approach that tends to ‘save the day’ for humans. As we may not often be as aware of what may be lurking around on the outdoors, canine companions would alert us to a possible threat. Off-leash dogs would be that much better prepared to assist us.
Even the animal experts that work to protect the outdoors agree. They even encourage harassment of wild species in order to protect said species by keeping that fine line of demarcation between them & domesticated animals as well as humans.
You’re bound to be surprised to learn what is used to accomplish that, next…