Who’s in control?

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Hobo enjoys Stones River National Battlefield.

Hobo the Wonder Dog and I enjoy traveling together seeing the sights and enjoying an array of different experiences. I must say we meet our fair share of people who do not share our enthusiasm for exploring the world. Recently, Hobo enjoyed the Big South Fork National Park and Stones River National Battlefield which are dog friendly. Who’s In Control, focuses on whom should be in control and the joys of controlling your K9 companion and the world that opens to a well-behaved dog.

When I travel with Hobo I travel with a purpose, I take time to research area attractions to see what locations are dog friendly and those that are not. Once you have selected your destinations go prepared, carry supplies to clean up accidents immediately when they occur. Remember, when you are out with your dog you are representing all dog owners for which the next dog will be judged by your actions.

So who’s in control? There is nothing better or more rewarding than having a well-behaved dog. The essentials for traveling and taking your K9 companion along to more places is simply having control of your dog. Before you take your dog on a busy street or shopping at your favorite store, you should first master the basics. Loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, and come, should be the basic obedience a dog should have before taking them out into the community. A well-socialized dog interacts with people and other dogs with ease. The adage “children should be seen not heard” well, this goes double for dogs no one wants to hear a dog barking in public places.


1. Excessive leash length and / or retractable leads. A leash longer than six feet is difficult to maintain control of your dog. Remember you are shopping with a dog underfoot you are not roping cattle.

2. Worn leashes and collars. Worn equipment can fail in stressful conditions when control is a must.

3. Loose Collars are a danger to you and your dog. A dog without a collar is in control causing a danger to themselves and others.

4. Basic obedience training. Knowing and using the basics will serve you well for years, and is the most important component to keeping your dog safe.

Retractable leash may have a place but it is not for a dog in public places or situations. They are dangerous for the handler, the dog, and people in the area. Long leash lengths can become trip hazards causing personal injury and property damage and in some cases may cause amputation of fingers. Replace worn collars and leashes, it is a sick feeling when equipment fails and you lose control. Proper fit of collars and harnesses are essential to you and your pet’s safety. Having the proper fit of the equipment for the job being performed is not only for safety but for proper performance.

Hobo and I encourage you to spend as much time in as many places as possible with your K9 companion. The first step to enjoying your pooch in public is to master basic obedience training. Remember, when you travel with your dog you represent all people and dogs who travel together. Be a good K9 ambassador by maintaining a well-behaved dog, clean up behind your dog, and never let your dog potty in front of stores or in landscapes.

Who’s in control? Your dog is counting on you to keep them safe. Never leave your dog unattended in an automobile.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

Hobo enjoys Stones River National Battlefield.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Hobo-Stones-River.jpgHobo enjoys Stones River National Battlefield.

Howard Baker


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