To Lead or Not to Lead?

By Georgina Stewart

Dangerous dogs appear a lot in the media. There always seems to be a story about a dog attacking a human. The council warns owners to keep their dogs on leads.

Between 2015 and 2016, there were 500 cases reported dog attacks in Cornwall. In addition, from 2012 and 2016, 200 dogs were taken into kennels.

These figures show that dog attacks are more common than most people think. So the question remains, should dogs be kept on leads or not? Is it worth the risk that they attack somebody? On the other hand, do you think that only dangerous dogs should be put on leads? Most dogs will not attack you, but that is not the only reason why the council is warning people to use their leads while on walks.

Traffic, is another reason why dogs should be kept on leads. It can be very easy for a dog to wonder into the traffic or somewhere else, that is potentially dangerous. What happens when you cannot yank them back? Surely, it is irrespirable not to keep them on a lead. There are so many potential dangers on walks. What happens if they get into a fight with another dog? These points are issues that dog-owners need to think about, before walking their dog.

The government and police have released with the latest statistics of dogs attacking sheep. They found out, there have been a stunning 15,000 dog attacks, in 2016. The National Police Chief Council have agreed to set up a group to investigate what happened. It is clear, that if you are taking your dog for a walk in the country, you need to make sure the dog is on a lead, or that you keep a close eye on them.

It really depends on the dog owners’ judgement, do you trust your dog or not? Although, if you are taking a walk in the street, you should put a lead on your dog. It is very dangerous for a dog on a street (especially if it is next to a busy road).

I went into town to talk to people about what they think.