Right? I know of few greater joys in life than to watch my dogs running free in nature's playground! I would not own dogs if I could never offer them regular bouts of freedom to be just a dog as nature intended. It's what dogs do.This is getting a bit off topic, but I’d like to add while my dogs have a great recall and they are always off leash around my property (I live out in the country) when I take my Dobie hiking in well traveled areas he is always leashed. He doesn’t like other dogs and it’s annoying to say the least when other people have their albeit friendly dog roaming off leash that wants to approach me and my dog. Even though you or someone’s else’s dog might be the socialite of the party, others might not be so keen and it’s respectful to keep them contained.
But I also think that a dog needs to also be able to run free, in the right situation. It does something for their soul and nothing can keep a smile off my face watching them.
I do agree that people should recall their dogs when out hiking and they encounter other people and dogs.
That is just simply a common courtesy practiced where I live.