I took Alex to the beach a while ago, and the wind was blowing a little bit and I was lucky enough to capture this picture.
We had a great time that day, and I removed her leash for a little while, and to my surprise she never went too far from where I was. I’ve heard other pet parents tell me about their hiking trips with their dogs and many of them remove the leash and to my surprise they have said that their dogs never wandered too far from where they are, but to be quite honest this is probably one of the very few times I do this. I haven’t gone hiking with Alex, but if I did she’d be on a leash the entire time. I’d be too afraid she’d go after some little animal and get lost and get hurt or hurt another animal.
With that being said, please enjoy your time with your dogs, but make sure that they are on a leash and if they are not make sure that your recall is always answered.
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Great picture! Looks like our dog, Bailey, when we get hit by a hard rain at the dog park 🙂
Thanks. I am glad your Bailey and my Alex look alike:)
Beach time is one of the best ways of getting your dog used to freedom and recall – they love it. Not so much fun getting sand in their eyes but they won’t complain 😉
You are so right, and that is why dogs happen to be the best company a person can get:)
Very sage advice!! I used to let me retriever mix, Jonesy, off leash but I could recall him from chasing a squirrel… and it saved his life once as he was headed full-steam towards traffic. If you can’t do that, you’ve got no business letting your dog loose. Know your limits. I also never let him wander out of sight ’cause even if my dog was fine, whatever dog common down the trail might not be… and that dog might be leashed. So whose fault would that be?
As for blowing beach sand, we were at the beach once and the wind was so strong the sand formed a river-like current blowing down the berm. It was chest deep on me, torture for the dogs. I cut the walk short and we spent more time in the car looking with binoculars. I also found a wooded hike inland where their eyes weren’t bothered. Nice post and photo!
Great job if you were able to stop him from chasing a squirrel because I know Alex would go after it:) Yes, know your limitations and pet parents know what they are, but sometimes are not very prudent and let their dogs off leash and accidents do happen. Thanks