Because they create friction and get in the way of people moving freely.
“So I decided it was time to do something different,” said Rippon.
Her partner, Dave Gaviglio, who owns a dog training school along a popular hiking trail in nearby Glen Rose.
“People are taking a long time to climb out of their cars, because they didn’t have a place to stand and go for a walk,” Gaviglio said.
He and Rippon teamed with dog owner and trail architect, Dave Hutton to develop the trails around Glen Rose and offer a safer and faster way to get to the car.
“We thought it was a good idea that all those people coming down the trail shouldn’t have to sit there and wait for the dog owners to get in the car and get them out,” said Gaviglio.
For a $1,999 permit, Rippon can have a dog leash ready to go.
She’s also had some advice from the owners of a dog who was hurt while on her leash in a crosswalk.
“There are no consequences when we’re in the car,” Rippon said. “So when I go into a crosswalk, just try and get out of the car.”
Rippon says the first time she used a retractable lead, she was in the middle of a major construction site, so that helped ease her nerves.
But she realizes it may be tough to get the word out, especially since that’s the only alternative when there’s a dog loose.
“You’ll be asked, what do you get out of it?” Rippon said. “The other night, I was asking and I ended up saying I’d come out and sit there and watch the construction going on. That was kind of funny.”
She says the best reward is to see the dogs being groomed and loved and that’s what she’s hoping for.
“There doesn’t seem to be a reason to do it, just because someone comes and it’s a dog walker,” she said.
However, not everyone has agreed with her methods.
“Just because you’ve got a dog, you can’t keep it in a fenced off area all day and you shouldn’t try to make it easier for people to get out of their cars,” a frustrated customer wrote on a Facebook page.
Another woman, who called herself a
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