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Dog walkers urged to 'Respect the Lead’
Zoe's Respect the Lead campaign aims to educate owners on how to let their dog interact with others in a happy and safe way.
New campaign encourages good lead etiquette

A mobile veterinary nurse from West Sussex has launched a campaign to help raise awareness that dogs are often kept on a lead 'for good reason'.

Zoe Blake from Horsham hopes that her Respect the Lead campaign will help educate owners on how to let their dog interact with others in a happy and safe way.

Ms Blake provides pet care services in and around Horsham through her business, The Friendly Pet Nurse. Writing on her website, she said that many dog owners do not understand the importance of good lead etiquette and controlling their dog around others:

‘Owning a dog can be such a rewarding lifestyle keeping us fit healthy and enjoying the beautiful countryside. However, for many walking their dog can actually be the opposite, it can bring nervousness and stress which may lead to that dog and owner missing out.

‘In my work with animals over the years, I regularly see dog owners not understanding the importance of controlling their dog whilst around others. Whilst you may have a dog which is happy to interact with others, it is important to remember that this is not the case for everyone.’

To help spread the word about the importance of good lead etiquette, Ms Blake has put together a selection of posters and a campaign video, which can be found on her dedicated resources page. She will also be posting regular updates about the campaign to Facebook.

‘Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable experience for both owner and dog alike,’ said Zoe. ‘By remembering to Respect The Lead we can ensure a safe and happy environment for everyone.’

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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