As you might have noticed, I use a leash as little as possible when I’m walking Greger. He doesn’t mind the leash, but I know he loves to have the freedom to run around by himself.
But this no-leash policy of mine has raised some concern from several readers. I’ve gotten a few questions about how come Greger doesn’t run away and escape from me when he gets the chance. At first I thought the question was a joke. To me, the answer is “why would he?”.
Greger understands perfectly well that he and I are a team. He runs around freely, yes, but he always stays in sight and within earshot. He immediately comes to me if I ask him to, ready to put on the leash if there are a lot of people around or if we’re going to pass a street for instance. He’s not allowed to do that on his own, and he knows it. He never runs into the street. Of course I would have no chance of catching him if he decided to run away from me, but he wants to stay with me.
I know that far from all dogs come when you call on them. But still I don’t like it when people don’t let their dogs be outside without a leash. For me, that’s just plain animal cruelty since dogs are supposed to run a lot to stay healthy and happy. I know people say that they can’t because they live in the city etc., but when you get a dog you sign up for a lot of responsibility, and it is the duty of a dog owner to find a way so the dog can run around freely outdoors for a good amount of time at least once a day.