That thin piece of material called a leash is more than just a physical connection between you and your dog. It is an open line of gentle communication and a bit of a visual representation of your bond... at least, that's what I believe.
Check yourself before you clip that leash on, for everything you feel (whether you know you are feeling it or not) travels down that leash.
When Willow first came to live with us, she was so afraid of new environments. It was only through her big brother Corbin, with his calm, unshakable demeanor, that we learned how to help her feel safe walking on leash, especially in a new place. I was afraid of everything that would scare her, and unbeknownst to me, she likely sensed that. So, I tied her leash to Corbin, and his magic worked on us both. I relaxed seeing Willow instantly relax and follow Corbin's lead: sniffing where he sniffed, and start to show curiosity for her surroundings while feeling safe and comfortable.
Today, I can walk Willow holding her leash lightly with one finger. We are so attuned to one another, we can communicate physically through that little chord that connects us. I still need to remind myself to check in, and channel Corbin's energy. Though I'll never be able to control the environment we walk in, the part I can control is my reaction to it, on behalf of my special-needs girl.
If leashes are a necessary thing (and they are), then let them be tools for positivity and something dogs feel joyful about when you reach for it.
Anyone else with a special needs dog here? 🙋🏻♀️🐺 (Willow is shy of human strangers, not a fan of loud, bustling environments or crowded places)
Leash by @zippypaws and collar by @dublindogco
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