I'm thrilled to welcome my good friend Emily Lewis from A Click Away Training and her guest blog post about what to do when encountering an off leash dog on the trail. Emily is a exceptional dog trainer with years of experience helping humans connect with their four-legged friends. Visit A Click Away Training to learn more about her dog training business in Vermont and to get great training tips from her blog!
Picture this. You're walking along a peaceful trail with your dogs, soaking up the nature vibes. Suddenly, a loose dog appears just ahead. You're not sure if he is friendly or a threat. What do you do? Over to Emily:
I've lost count of how many times I've been out walking, hiking, or running with my dogs, and a strange dog has come bounding up to us with no owner in sight. Sometimes we encounter dogs whose owners come running to us from the distance shouting, “Don't worry, he's friendly!”
I could easily turn this post into a rant about irresponsible owners. However, there are plenty of articles out there on that topic. What I'm going to do instead is share with you ways to keep you and your dogs safe in these situations.
The first order of business is to figure out of the approaching dog is friend or foe.