Dogs and stiles

Getting dogs safely and confidently over stiles seems to be a dark art.

Not many stiles have been designed with dogs in mind.

Dog-friemdly stiles do exist, although they do seem to be few and far between.

Dog-friendly design is remarkably simple.

Using many traditional stiles involves a certain degree of canine confidence.

Some breeds seem to be better at this than others. Greyhounds, for example, seem to have been bred for speed on the flat, but not necessarily for clambering agility. The legs go everywhere, (especially when being lifted!)

The added challenge to be prepared for when getting a greyhound over a stile is the "Greyhound Scream of Death". This often catches non-greyhound owners by surprise. For sighthound afficionados, however, this seems to be par for the course.