As responsible dog walkers, it’s likely that we’ve encountered another dog approaching (on or off leash) with an owner following closely, exclaiming “don’t worry, he’s friendly!” Or maybe you’ve been this dog owner, only to soon learn that the other dog is not so friendly.
Some of the dogs we encounter out on walks are super dog-friendly and give our dogs a chance to socialize and say hello before continuing on our walk. But it’s not always easy to know with just a quick glance whether or not the other dog will be accepting of your dog’s behavior.
What if the other dog is recovering from surgery or treatment and needs to keep interactions to a minimum? What if the other dog is newly adopted and the owner has no idea how he will behave?
A company in the UK called Friendly Dog Collars has come up with a brilliant solution to this by creating color-coded collars and leashes with bold wording to announce whether the dog is “Friendly,” not dog-friendly (“No Dogs”) or otherwise unable to socialize (“Caution”). If a system like this were widely adopted, it would be easy for all pet owners to quickly assess oncoming dogs.
What are your thoughts on these collars and leashes? Like it/dislike it?