I recently adopted a Doberman dog and have been training him for a few weeks now. He seems to be well-behaved and listens to commands such as 'sit', 'stay', and 'come'. I have been walking him on a leash, but I was wondering if it would be safe to walk him without a leash in some areas.
I live in a quiet suburban area, and there are parts around my neighborhood that are not heavily trafficked. I have seen some people walking their dogs without a leash, and it seems like their dogs are well-behaved and not causing any trouble.
I know that Dobermans are often considered dangerous dogs due to their reputation, but I think that's mostly because of their strong and intimidating appearance. My Doberman is only seven months old, and he's not aggressive towards people or other dogs.
So, my question is, is it safe to walk my Doberman without a leash in some areas, or should I always keep him on a leash no matter what? I want to make sure that I'm not putting my dog or any other people or animals in danger.
Thank you in advance for your advice!
I have owned a Doberman for two years now, and I always keep him on a leash when we go for a walk. While it's true that Dobermans can be well-behaved and obedient, it's hard to predict their reaction in certain circumstances.
Even if you live in a quiet neighborhood, there's always a chance that your dog might come across something that triggers their protective or aggressive instincts. For example, my Doberman can get very territorial around other dogs, and it takes a lot of effort to keep him calm and focused.
Furthermore, there's always a risk of accidents or injuries when you let your dog walk off-leash. Cars, bikes, and other hazards can come out of nowhere, and if your dog runs towards them, the results could be disastrous.
I understand that it can be tempting to walk your dog without a leash because it gives them more freedom and exercise. However, as a dog owner, it's your responsibility to ensure their safety and the safety of others. By keeping your dog on a leash, you're demonstrating your commitment to being a responsible and thoughtful owner.
In summary, I would always advise keeping your Doberman on a leash when you go for a walk. It's a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog is safe and under control.