Many of us get used to those aches and pains that creep up every day, but why should we? It turns out that our constant hand injuries might not be as random as they first seem. In fact, it could be time to look at how you’re holding your dog’s lead.
Believe it or not, but the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS trust in the UK admitted that they treated 30 serious injuries in people’s hands in just one year. They were all caused by collar misuse or a dog’s lead. Many dog walkers have their own way of holding a leash, and it often depends on how people try to control their dogs or the way they find it comfortable to keep hold of the leash or collar. Sadly, this casual approach to taking your dog on a walk could soon see you in a lot of trouble.
Plenty of recovery
Many of the injuries were from unfortunate dog owners. They included friction burns and lacerations, but some were more serious. These were injuries like dislocations and even fractures. Getting one of these injuries could result in surgery. From there, many people need physical therapy to help them get full motion back in their hands. Sadly, the injuries can sometimes lead to permanent issues with the injured area, as well as plenty of time to recover. It all depends on how quickly someone can recover and if they have the support or money to ensure their dog is still cared for while they heal.
So just what are the most common mistakes people make when they hold their dog’s lead? Many people like to wrap the leash around their hand or wrist, especially if they are walking in crowded areas or have a dog that is strong or prone to pulling. That’s not all. Many people also suffered injuries thanks to their dog’s collar. One of the most common ways this happened was thanks to people looping their finger through the collar for a multitude of reasons, such as trying to clip the leash to their collar or holding their dog back.
The correct approach
Thankfully, there are many ways to keep yourself safe when walking your dog on the leash. One of the best ways to hold the leash of a dog that doesn’t pull is to put your thumb through the loop at the end and then hold the rest of the loop with your palm. If you need to shorten it, fold it up in your palm like an accordion rather than wrapping it around your hand. Perhaps your dog is large or strong? Shorter leashes are often much better, so they don’t have too much room to run.
If you find that you’re constantly suffering from hand injuries and you have a dog, then it might be time to look at how you hold your dog’s lead. Something so simple could save a host of problems.