Skip to comments.Lab Carries His Own Leash During Walks (gets around city ordinance)
Posted on 12/06/2006 7:02:15 AM PST by Cagey
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A city ordinance in Sioux City, Iowa, says all pets must be on a leash -- but it doesn't say who has to be carrying the leash.
One Iowa dog, Jack, has been walking himself since he was a puppy.
The 11-year-old Labrador retriever holds his own leash in his mouth as he walks with his owner, Brad Ralph.
"So far, we haven't been cited," Ralph said. "I don't know how that would hold up in court, but he is technically on a leash."
Jack and Brad walk about three miles each day.
"I don't really do it to get attention you know," said Jack's owner, Brad Ralph. "It's just handy and he's a little bit of a show off and likes to prance around with his leash in his mouth."
Jack takes his responsibility very seriously. He doesn't like it when someone tries to take his leash away from him.
Video at source.
This is AWESOME!
I've seen lots of labs who seem to like to carry their own leashes (or frisbees) in their mouths. I guess it's just part of that retrieving instinct.
I've seen a number of dogs that will do this ... most (all?) of them labs. Wonder if it's something about the breed?
We had a Lab and she'd carry the leash exactly like Jack.
Sometimes you, or your dog, can beat city hall.
My girlfriend lets me do that sometimes when we go out.
Hmm. So they're retreiving themselves? "Recursive fetch, boy!"
I think being on a leash implies that there is a dog at one end and a human at the other. As to which one is leading, that depends.
Goldens and Labs do it almost instinctively. My Golden almost has a fit if you drop her leash on the ground. She will quickly pick it back up and look at me like I'm an idiot for dropping it on the ground. But, I don't think it would get around many leash laws.
I wonder what the purpose of the leash law is? Is it to keep dogs from jumping up on other people? I found, when walking my retired racing greyhound that lots of times people would just charge up to her and start patting her on the head, petting her...despite my protests that she was a newly adopted racer and her disposition was unknown. Most unnerving was the parents that would just allow their kids to run over to her and hug on her! I would end up struggling to pull my dog away and begging the parent to restrain their child!
Labs are always happy when carrying something.
My bulldog always carries her own leash when we go out
Not just labs
Our Golden not only carried her own leash she walked our other dog as well.
To keep the dogs under control, of course.
Labs are great! Mine used to pick up pine cones for me...I'd throw his ball towards the trees, and he would always come back with the ball and 1 or 2 pine cones. Then I'd just throw them in the bag, and toss the ball again. Since I had my 2 retrievers, I haven't gotten my newspaper in about 15 yrs, just open the door for him.
This is news? Ever since leash laws started, dogs have been "on leash" in this manner. 10 years ago, my dog was walked like this and I carried leash-law ordinance in my pocket to read aloud to anyone that complained....including the dog police.
My female Boxer can carry her own leash. When I get her ready for walks, she carries it around the house while she is waiting for me.
I guess I'm in the minority here, however. I won't let my dogs outside our enclosed yard without a leash. My dogs are well trained, but dogs nonetheless. I could never live with myself if one of them got distracted and took off after something and got hurt.
Also, kids tend to come running up to them alot (you have to admit, Boxers have very cute faces. With a leash, I can control her better if she gets spooked. I'm sorry to be such a stick in the mud, but I truly believe a dog is safer when being walked on a leash. Although, as a caveat, last time I walked my female she broke my wrist in two places when she took off and I wasn't paying attention. I never did let go of the leash though LOL. I'm still in the cast.
Such good dogs. Kinda goofy when they're puppies, though! LOL!
You need a special leash for greyhounds, don't you - given their sleek head and all?
My mom's chihuahua used to do this, too.
The leash laws are to cut down on dogs running free, getting hit by cars, yes, jumping on people and other dogs, and a whole lot of other reasons. It's a good law in an inperfect world, however, as dogs need to be able to run free for exercise, and many dog owners lobby for this right.
In your situation, you may actually think about getting a "working dog: please don't touch" coat, as that will stop most people from just running up and petting.
But as time goes on, I sure hope your new doggie friend becomes acclimated to people very soon. Best thing, actually, is to create opportunities for her to have as much human contact as possible.
We could propose a leash law on them!
I love this.
Fido stickin' it to the man.
And the puppy stage last 3-4 years.
Did Bo go missing again?
In a Lab, I think there's still quite a bit of puppy until their last days.
My dog does this too!!!!
I suppose - especially if you think a face that looks like it fell off a ten story building and hit face first is cute.
(just kidding - sort of)
You have a bully? need pics!!! huge bully fans here. We have an Olde English, she is the love of our lives.
Oh, now you've made her cry. My poor puppy. ;-) LOL
As the parent of two labs, I can tell you it is all about the breed. They are all goofballs, and they all like to carry things in their mouths. Carrying your leash just comes naturally to them.
Pretty cute and funny!
Of course, I've always wondered if just letting the dog drag the lead counts.
I always have a dog leashed, but I wouldn't mind having her drag it some. That way I would still have a potentially better way of stopping her if necessary than just trying to tackle her.
Do any of these laws specify that someone must HOLD the lead?
How about a dog that is trained to voice commands?
"I guess I'm in the minority here, however. I won't let my dogs outside our enclosed yard without a leash. My dogs are well trained, but dogs nonetheless. I could never live with myself if one of them got distracted and took off after something and got hurt."
I absolutely agree with you. 1 NEVER knows what is going to happen, no matter how well-mannered, and it's better to be safe for EVERYone's sake.
Hahahahaha! Goofball is the perfect word.
And, when they look directly into your eyes you can tell exactly what they are thinking.
See my #38 and also #18.
This will give all those scummy pit bull and Rottenweiler owners an excuse to do the same thing.
I would also direct freepers to your tagline, which is excellent.
My chihuahua Fidel likes to carry very tiny stuffed animals around every waking hour. His sidekick Charo does not have the same habit.
They did some testing in Sioux City (my home town) and found the dog had a higher IQ (by 4 points) than the average resident.
Their talking about a real dog.
Here in NYC, we've been fighting a proposed change to the "off leash Hours" in City parks. As of now, dogs can be off leash from 9PM until Close, and then from opening until 9AM. Where we live, there are probably 2 dozen dogs all running around together from about 7AM until 9 every weekend morning. Rain or shine, hot or cold, we bring water for the dogs and coffee & doughnuts for the humans. Everyone is well-behaved, too. A little squirrel chasing, a little humping, but the dogs are better off for it- They're happier and more socailized than if they were on-leash, struggling to get at one another.
We have every kind of dog imaginable- A lot of mutts from North Shore Animal League, some purebreeds too. Size varies, tto. We have mini Schnauzers, Yorkies, A Doberman, A couple of Pit mixes, a Rottweiler, and of course, Rocky, the "Great American Rock Hound"! (He's Mine.) We have no idea what he is, other than Yellow Lab, and whatever jumped the fence...
Yeah, I live in QUeens and work in midtown, so I've been following this story.
I gotta get me a doggie!
"The 11-year-old Labrador retriever holds his own leash in his mouth as he walks with his owner, Brad Ralph."
This must be a very slow news day.