Does your dog take you for a walk?

2012-09-13 00:00

HOW often does one see a nine-year-old child walking along the road, or into a vet’s practice, holding a leash with a fully grown Great Dane on the end? We don’t, because if adults battle to control small-breed pets, what chance does a child have with a giant breed, especially if there are other unruly dogs nearby?

Many people have shared how they used to enjoy walking their pets regularly, but stopped eventually after such excursions changed into continuous tugs of war. I also hear regularly how pets are isolated when visitors arrive, or especially when children have friends over. Or what a battle it is to control pets during a visit to the vet. If anybody can testify to having been at the receiving end of a dangerous dog, it is the vets themselves and their staff.

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