When raising a dog in the city, there are many obstacles to face.  There is constant construction, people, traffic, runners, parents with strollers, street signs, vendors and other dogs crossing paths.  So how do you keep your dog safe from all the nuisances around?  How do you ensure your dog is near you and does not get into something harmful?  One way is to keep your dog on a leash, and here is a list of reasons why as a responsible dog owner keeping your dog on a leash is a smart move.


You need to keep your dog safe from traffic.  Cars zooming by are too tempting for some dogs to chase after.  Using a leash keeps your dog safe and close in proximity.  In addition, think about roller bladders, skateboarders, runners that go by your dog.  Some dogs tend to chase after these people, which could cause severe injuries of all parties involved.  Keep your dog out of harm’s way, and use a leash.


In the city, there is trash pick-up on the side of the road.  You want to steer your dog clear of the trash area.  If your dog digs through there, a harmful substance could be swallowed without notice.  Alternatively, there could be glass items, light bulbs, and loose nails placed throughout the trash.   You have no clue what people throw away.  Separate a good amount of distance between your dog and these areas.  It is better to keep your dog safe than take any chances.

If you would like more tips on how to train your dog to be comfortable, walk, and train on a leash, contact a Florida dog obedience training professional or a k9 obedience instructor today.  He/she will be able to guide you in the right direction.