In 2016 I fostered Ceba, the cutes dog I’ve ever met.
On his first walk down on the beach a three year old child saw this fluffy white dog and excitedly came towards him. I warned the father, held the leash tight, but the warning was ignored.
Ceba was terrified and bit the child defensively. He was shocked, I apologized, the child cried, the parent was mortified.
We left each other quietly and nothing more came from the incident. Yet it wasn’t the only time we had a problem.
Another lady with her dog off the leash ignored my pleas to keep her dog away. She replied “oh, she’s got to learn”.
Being new to dog fostering I had no idea about what my responsibility in asking people to keep away.
What’s more it felt unfair on an dog with anxiety issues to have to deal with owners who have their dogs off the leash.
Out of frustration I pulled out an old paint brush throwing yellow lines over my black leash, and it seems to work. People don’t avoid me, but take care.
So this became my first caution leash.
The idea is:
- caution/hazard lines are an internationally recognisable sign to warn people to be safe.
- the subliminal message of ‘caution’ will quickly help in promoting a message of ‘be sensible’ if you don’t know a dog.
- as dog owners we do have a responsibility to help educate others
- with a hazard leash, no-one can be annoyed if they approach and your dog becomes anxious and defensive.
- the lead is very visible from a distance giving others time to put their dogs on leads, or hold their children’s hand.