If you have a friendly and playful dog, you’ve done the dance.
You know the one. Where your dog plays with another dog while you and the other person struggle to keep the leashes from getting tangled.
I’ve done it with flexible leashes where I worried that my wrist was going to be amputated. I’ve had fumbling dog owners end up in my cleavage. And I’ve even ended up on my butt more than once.
But no longer.
Because I know the secret for introducing on-leash dogs without risking my life (or virtue).
And here it is:
When your dog is playing with another dog on-leash, both people on the other end of the leash must circle.
If you do this, you’ll never have to pass leashes back and forth with another person. Ever.
You see, the reason the leashes get tangled is because the dogs whirl around each other while playing. In a circle.
So if the people circle in the same direction, the leashes never tangle.
Try it for yourself. I guarantee you’ll be amazed.
And then spread the word. Because I never want to find myself with a flex-leash around my ankle while I’m sitting on my butt with some random dog walker’s hand stuck down my blouse.
Thanks to Rebecca who shared this tip for me at the Tompkins County SPCA.
Your Turn: Do you allow your dog to meet other dogs on leash? How do you manage tangles? Have you ever tried the circle technique?