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Old 08-25-2013, 09:39 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Pago Cruiser View Post
Any thoughts on leash/no leash? Sadly, I had to put Sally to sleep a couple months ago; f'ing cancer . Hardest thing I have ever done, and it kinda took the wind out of our sails for hack trips. That dog would rather ride than eat...
There are pros and cons to a breakaway retraint system like what I use. Having a breakaway strap means that your dog won't drown in the lake or roll down the embankment when you have a crash. With a no-breakaway system the dog goes down with the ship even though YOU have been thrown clear! But the flip side to this is that if you have a crash, especially on pavement or in traffic, the dog might easily freak out and, if not restrained, run away. This might mean a lost dog, or might mean a dog hit by traffic after-the-fact. So it's kind of a toss-up and your decision of which way to go may depend firstly on (1) your dog and (2) what kind of riding you do.
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