On a lead or not?

It seems that  a future Glen of Imaal Terrier owner (never owned one before) thinks it ” very sad to see a dog on a lead in the countryside……. and they become nervous and defensive…….all breeds like to chase the occasional squirrel given half a chance…” and “To read that a Glen of Imaal should NEVER be walked off a lead is very off putting to say the least”. Obviously if the person concerned has a couple of fenced off acres or can guarantee that they won’t meet anybody or anything else it’s fine but in the normal course of events it is still a definite recommendation to follow the below (Taken from the Glen Services website) and it has to be asked why, if longtime experienced breeders do say that a Glen is best on the lead when out and about, would you consider one if you think a dog should be a free runner?.


Cars win – dogs lose
Walking is a good aerobic workout for both of you!
Lead walks protect wildlife.
Not everyone likes a strange dog in his or her face.
Walking with your dog creates a bond between the two of you.
Leads are cheap – your dog is irreplaceable.
“Never” happens more often than you think.
Your dog may be friendly – mine is NOT.
You are responsible for every action your dog takes.


2 thoughts on “On a lead or not?

  1. I quite often walk my Glen off lead in traffic free areas, country paths, parks, beach etc, but always mindful of the need to be vigilant in assessing possible dangers ahead to avoid possible trouble.

  2. It does not matter what breed of dog, any dog can run off and become victim to an accident with a vehicle. Leads don’t usually make the dog nervous and defensive without an antecedent . Also there is far more leash aggression with off lead dogs approaching on lead dogs and more issues with escalation that can lead to a fight. Of course if the environment is safe and the ordinances allow, dogs can romp and be off lead. Many people are afraid of dogs and in the US we have even had people put poison out in areas dogs frequent. On lead is best for all dogs and handlers except in special situations.

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