Wrexham: Professional dog walker shares fears of pet owners after attacks on dogs
A PROFESSIONAL dog walker from Wrexham explained that she would only walk pets in a private field due to a growing problem with uncontrollable dogs.
Allison Roach, who runs Wuff Wuff Walkies in Gresford, said she feared attacks from dogs that are not on a leash, saying this has become more of an issue since Covid, due to lack of dog training in the face of face.
His own rescue dog Dolly, who is a five-year-old Jack Russell, has been attacked twice in the past two years while being walked on a leash with the dogs that attacked him not being in leash.
Allison said the incidents had worried her about other potential attacks, so she now only walks her clients’ dogs on private land in a village meadow.
Allison said: “I used to work as a dog walker in Hereford before I moved to Gresford. My own dog, who is the sweetest and most empathetic rescue Jack Russell Terrier, has been attacked twice in the two last years on walks She was on a leash both times the attacking dogs were not.
“When I decided to start my own dog walking business here, I was pretty nervous about walking clients’ dogs and the possibility of them being attacked. So now I only offer Ryecroft Meadow walks, with a maximum of four dogs. at every walk.
“Given that 3.2 million households have acquired pets since the start of the pandemic and without puppy training classes being held face-to-face for such a long time, it is feared that many dogs will are not well trained and have not had the opportunity to socialize as so We have a nation of dog owners and anxious dogs, therefore the service I provide ensures that clients’ dogs have the opportunity to walk , run or play off leash for an hour in a safe and secure environment and owners have peace of mind. ”
Allison added: “One of my clients has a 12 month old puppy that she is still working with on the recall, so feels relieved that she can be taken off leash and knows she is totally safe.
“Another client’s dog is very nervous so it’s fantastic that she knows the dog won’t come in contact with other dogs while he is out. I only walk his two dogs together. .
“My own dog, Dolly is also an escape artist so it’s nice to be able to take her every now and then and also leave her off leash!”
A spokesperson for RSPCA Cymru said: “It is really sad to hear about incidents of dog-on-dog attacks in North Wales in recent years.
Unfortunately, dog-to-dog attacks can prove fatal and it is essential that owners do everything possible to take responsibility and ensure their dogs are under control at all times – which will help owners and their families. dogs to feel safe in all spaces.
“It is essential that owners understand the circumstances that may lead to their dog’s aggression, as well as the signs of potential aggressive behavior in their dog, and how to respond. Keeping dogs on a leash in appropriate locations can also help. reduce the risk of incidents associated with aggressive behavior.
“If anyone has concerns about a dangerously out of control dog in a public place, they can report it to the police.”
For more information on Wuff Wuff Walkies, visit www.wuffwuffwalkies.co.