Dog On A Lead Day - #DogOnALeadDay

Protecting livestock, respecting reactive dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership

How do you feel about having your dog on a lead?

  • Does your heart sink every time an off lead dog approaches your nervous, elderly, sick or reactive dog?
  • Maybe thinking about the consequences of an out of control dog potentially harming yours has made walking your dog a worry?
What if I was to tell you we are trying to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership with a Dog On A Lead Day to make owners realise you can walk your dog on a lead and have fun?
I’m Zoe Willingham founder of Dog On A Lead Day and the owner of Best Behaviour Dog Training and Dogversity Online training based in Suffolk.
I want to shatter the myth that dogs have to be off lead all the time to have a fun fulfilling walk.
After spending 10 years training dogs I want owners to enjoy their dogs more and help other dog owners have stress free walks.

Not forgetting protecting livestock and raising awareness of the need to keep dogs on lead around livestock.
That’s why I created Dog On A Lead Day. It launches in 2022 and will take place on 14th July each year, which coincidentally is the date that marks the Dogs Act 1953 to protect livestock.

It's opportunity for owners to think about how they walk their dog and what they could do to make lead walking fun and a time for connection with their best friend. 
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions explaining how the day came about and how you can get involved.

What is Dog On A Lead Day? 

It’s an awareness day taking place every July 14th set up by me Zoe Willingham, and I’m the owner of Best Behaviour Dog Training and Dogversity online training based in Suffolk.
Awareness days happen throughout the year for all kinds of reasons and to shine a light on the work of charities, social enterprises and other organisations.
They’re also themed around health, food, animals, education and enterprise, so I thought ‘why not do one that promotes responsible dog ownership and makes life nicer for livestock and people with reactive dogs?

Where did the idea come from?

I wanted to do something to change the way people feel and think about exercising their dogs. It’s become all too common place that dogs are let off lead with little recall and cause havoc to others that have well trained or under control dogs.
People often resist putting their dog on a lead. Sometimes because they have never taught good lead walking and sometimes because they feel it’s what the dog needs.
Mostly people believe a fallacy that dogs have to be off lead all the time to have a nice life. Which is simply not true.
We want to use this day to encourage owners to use a powerful tool in protecting theirs and others dogs, as well as livestock, and use it as on opportunity to spend quality connection time with our beloved best friends.
So I thought I’d create an awareness day that encouraged people to give it a go for a day, so they experience the benefits and think differently in the future. 


Who is Dog On A Lead Day for?

It’s for all dog owners who want to improve their dogs life and lives of others.
How can I get involved?
You can join in by using the #DogOnALeadDay hashtag and use it in any way you like.
This might be sharing your experiences on social media, so revealing the mishaps you have had on the lead, or even how successful and fulfilling your lead walk was.
You could talk about your favourite walks, favourite leads to use and the highlight of the day with your dog.
I’d love people to get creative and come up with their own ways of celebrating the relationship with their dog on a lead and see owners unite and support the community of dog owners with reactive dogs too.

Would you like to stay in touch? 

If this has you thinking and you’d like to learn easy ways to walk your dog on a lead, or why it’s a good idea to use a lead around other dogs.
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Ways we can celebrate dog on a lead day

Ways we can celebrate dog on a lead day

  1. Put your dog on a lead for the day so reactive and nervous dogs can walk wihtout worry for one day
  2. Organise a dog walk with a friend or as a group
  3. Plan 3 fun things to do on your walk with your dog on a lead - maybe a trick or two or some sniffing or spending time watching the world go having a cuddle with your dog
  4. Tell other people about the day 
  5. Swat up on your lead walking before the big day
  6. Have fun with your dog and enjoy the time and connection together

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