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.


…..you still actually do!

Recently the subject of identification discs on dog collars came up; are they still needed and if so what should be on them? Surely if your dog is micro-chipped and is wearing a “I’m chipped, please scan me” tag that should be enough? Why would you put your name and address on a valuable pedigree dog? In this day and age you are asking for it to be dognapped and held to ransome? Surely the vet’s name is enough because if it is in an accident instant treatment is required!

As strange as it may seem now you STILL DO (by law) need a disc on the collar of your dog with your name and address on it. There is slight interpretation allowed on address as it does not need to be a full one but house number or name and postcode is required. Also just a surmane is allowed rather than full and absolute title but whether you own a Pug, a Glen of Imaal Terrier or a Great Dane to comply with the law it should be tagged. There are at least two local government websites that give a good reason as to why the disc should be in place; if your dog is picked up by the warden and there is a tag which can be read there is a fair chance that your dog will be returned straight home if it is a “first offence”. If no tag is visible though and the dog has to be “processed” with paperwork, a trip to the pound and a scanner it’ll cost you a fortune!

One thing (temporarily) sorted but what about…

We all want to support the Kennel Club. We all know they have the best interests at heart but sometimes they really don’t seem to be able to see beyond the end of their noses and this possible overhaul to dog law seriously illustrates that failing.

It is an ITV report and could be wrongly written but the Kennel Club site seems to say the same. A couple of things spring to mind instantly. Surely if you are being attacked in your own home you would hope your dog would do something about it? Many dogs that fight (all breeds) have dammed stupid owners that can’t control them and have no concept of pack law or discipline. Often the rehoming of these dogs with people who understand that a canine isn’t a cuddly toy will totally change their (dog)life around.

Stop shouting at the back “it doesn’t mean that sort of fighting at all” and it probably doesn’t but does it say so? No it doesn’t but as that piece of possibly law amendment is written……….