Never Use an Extension Leash!
Just as it says in the Taylor Swift song, "never, ever, ever..." use an extension leash when walking your dog! It is unsafe and could end with your dog being hit by a car or truck.
Yes, I have told this to you before, but I now want to share a conversation I had with one of my clients this week.
My client is a Fire Paramedic who has a great puppy and a wonderful love for dogs. She told me of an incident she experienced about two weeks ago while responding to a call early in the morning.
It was about 6AM and they were heading to an emergency call driving down a major street in Fort Lauderdale. Ahead of them was a man with his dog. The dog was sniffing the grass at the edge of the street. The owner had the dog on an extension leash and really wasn't paying too much attention to the situation. It was early in the morning with no traffic, so they didn't have the siren on at the time.
Just as they approached the owner and the dog, the dog leaped in front of the oncoming fire truck. It happened so quickly that the truck's driver couldn't respond and they were sitting so high up, they couldn't immediately see if they had hit the dog. My client said that everyone's hearts were were racing as they looked in the rear view mirrors.
Luckily, they had missed the dog by inches. My client said that this incident impacted every Fireman and Paramedic on that truck for the rest of the day. If the dog had jumped one second sooner of they were five feet farther back on the road, the dog would have been killed instantly.
Can I state it any clearer than this? Please, no extension leashes, period. For more information, please contact us at The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.