A new breed of dog is being created as part of a wider campaign to create more sustainable and more humane homes.
A group of owners are trying to persuade the public that a leash can help ease the stresses of being a canine.
They say a leash gives a dog the freedom to run freely and without fear of being dragged along a busy street or trampled.
The group behind the campaign, the Dog Litter Alliance, has developed a campaign called the Dog Walkers Lest We Forget, aimed at helping dog owners who might be tempted to use a leash to walk their pets, rather than using it to get around.
The campaign is now set to hit a global audience, and it is being supported by the Australian Institute of Dogs.
“There’s been a lot of research done about leash use in dogs, and the findings have been very mixed,” Dr. Peter Buss from the Dogs and Cats Institute at the University of Queensland said.
One study showed that the number of leash-wielding dogs declined from a peak of 40 per cent in Australia to just 1 per cent by 2021.
It is a study that is a little bit more recent, and has been criticised by some animal welfare experts.
Dr Buss said that while it was important to make the case for a leash, he did not think that leash use would be effective.
“It would have been great to have more studies done in dogs and it’s not a question of if, it’s a question about when,” he said.
“In the meantime, we’re seeing more and more dogs in kennels, where they are confined in a tight space for long periods of time.”
“They’re not getting out of there as often as they would like, and that’s a problem, especially in areas where the average life span is longer.”
He said there were still some studies out there showing that dogs can run on their own for long distances.
In other words, a dog that is tethered to a leash may have a better chance of being able to run at a good pace if it is kept in a kennel that is properly confined, and where there is a place for it to be walked.
The Dog Walker Alliance campaign aims to get people thinking about this and to get them thinking about whether a leash could be a useful tool in a dog’s life.
But the campaign is not all about reducing the number and severity of dog bites, and Dr Buss also said that leash owners should not assume that all dogs need a leash.
While there is plenty of research to support this, Dr Bress said the leash may not be the most effective tool.
“There is a lot that can go wrong when a dog is tetred to a collar or leash and there is little separation,” he told RN Breakfast.
He recommended that owners of dogs be aware of the risk of falling over and losing control of the dog.
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