It is estimated that around 1.2 million dogs are hit and killed by a car in the U.S. each year. Many times they are chasing something, whether it be a ball, a squirrel, a cat or a child.
The majority of these dogs were loose and off leash. In Chicago and many towns in Illinois, there are leash laws.
Unfortunately, I have had clients lose their dog this way. It’s especially hard because you are right there to witness it. Leash your dogs. It’s better to be safe then sorry.
Many dogs also get hit and killed by their owners or friends and family. These numbers have increased dramatically since the invention of the invisible fence. Owner lets dog out, and someone drives into the driveway and does not know the dog is out and runs over dog. Never leave your dog unsupervised where they can get injured. Invisible fences don’t always work.
Lastly, working on a nice recall is a must. If you have ever taken a class with me, you have heard me make a big deal about recall. I always say, “If you take anything away from this class I want Recall to be that thing. It is the one behavior that can save your dogs life.” One rule for recall is always, always, always reward any recall.
Our Recall and Leash Manners class is a great way to work on recall with your dogs. Be safe out there!