Post # 1
I see this all the time. Just the other week, I saw this guy walking a massive dog by the road – looked like a ridgeback/staffie cross – no lead. He might have complete faith that the dog will do exactly what he says, but even the most obedient dog can decide to chase a cat/small dog, or get a fright from sudden noise and run in to traffic – after all, they are still dogs that have different instincts to ours. I would have loved to take the foxy/jack russell we looked after for a walk, but was too afraid of the people that don’t properly secure their dogs to take the risk! I didn’t want him to end up as an entree for a large, unrestrained dog 🙁
Where I live, you cop a fine for walking a dog without a lead, and there are only a couple of leash-free dog parks where you can legally take them off their lead and let them run around.
Do you have similar laws where you are? Do people flout those laws a lot?
Post # 3
@Deejayelle: Same law. Same problems. Even the owners who do have their dog on a lead use those leads that stretch out for 20-30 feet and don’t make their dog heel. I have tripped over a lead on a sidewalk downtown. The lady shouted that I should watch where I am going!
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: wow yeah…pretty sure that is illegal/against city ordinance where I live. I would imagine it’s pretty dangerous for the dogs. Sad to hear about irresponsible pet owners 🙁
Is there any recourse? Seem like overkill to call the cops etc…but if he is a neighbor you see regularly, maybe report him to your community or property manager?
Post # 5
I deal with this all the time and the law is the same. I once had a group of guys let their dog chase after me down the street, they actually encouraged it by making loud barking noises to get him going – the dog never attacked me but that isn’t the point of it.
I have had to cross a street early and sometimes duck into a business/apartment enterance just to avoid walking past someone who lets their dog walk freely, I just don’t trust that their dog isn’t going to hurt me (my mom was the victim of a pit bull attack, pit bull ran out of the yard and his chain reached the edge of the road past the sidewalk).
I once called the police on our neighbours who just let their dog hang out on the sidewalk in front of their building when it wasn’t a nice dog… all the cops did was tell them to bring the dog inside!
Post # 6
Yeah…. I walk the golden leash less, we all (he’s a family dog that bounces between houses) do. It’s probably not the most neighborly thing to Do but he doesn’t go bother people or even other dogs. it would be better if we did leash him though. I don’t even leash him when I go running. We trained him not to need one. But yes he has been known to chase a squirrel or two.
Post # 7
It’s illegal here, but it makes me nervous when I see it too. I always watch the dog worried it’ll dart in the street if it sees a squirrel or something.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Omg this is my pet owner pet (hehe) peeve! Really though argh. I live in an apt & if course they’re supposed to.be on leash on all times but I swear half the dogs I’ve seen were off leash -____- Even worse when dogs start barking/ running up to me & my dogs and the owner just yells at it…. Really ugh.
Post # 9
It makes me so nervous! I dont care how well trained your dog is, anything can happen.
I dont mind it so much if you live out in the country, away from roads, or take them somewhere hiking where there are no roads. But somewhere around roads? Nope. Too dangerous.
Post # 10
@Deejayelle: I’m not sure what the ordinance is in my area, but I’d never walk my dog without a lead….It’s not that I don’t trust my dog, I don’t trust the jackwagons that drive 60mph in a 40 zone…..it would be different in the country with trained hunting dogs or something though
Post # 11
@atreyu547: I hate when people let their dogs run up to other dogs! Just because your dog is dog friendly, doesnt mean all the other dogs are. Ugh. People always assume that because I have 3 dogs, they’re all friendly towards strange dogs, and while none of them are outright aggressive to strange dogs, they will tell dogs off if they get in their face.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
It is illegal in the national park to have your dog off-leash. There have been a few attacks on dogs by cougars because they were off-leash. People still do it and a multitude of other stupid things, getting too close to animals, feeding animals, walking on thin ice. In the cases with animals and something bad happens it is the animal who suffers and is usually killed.
Post # 13
We live in an apartment complex and the fence is made of bars. We were walking outside the complex enjoying a walk (on the sidewalk by the street) and a TINY dog darted through and almost got hit. Then, one day when I got home, a dog literally ran inside my apartment. The owner thought it was “cute” but I was so annoyed. I’m allergic to dogs AND I have guinea pigs which got really freaked out by some random dog in my apartment.. Grrrrrr.
Post # 14
I’m always more worried about badly behaved dogs on leashes! But where I grew up, leash laws weren’t a “thing”! Everyone just had a well-behaved dog… Or a bad one on a leash.
Post # 15
Oh I hate this. And I totally agree that even though you trust your dog it’s instincts can kick in. Also, you can’t trust other dogs! Ive seen a dog attack another dog, both on leads, who were walking past each other and it was horrifying. (tip- if a dog has latched on and won’t let go put a stick through its collar and hold it against the neck/windpipe for a second, it should automatically let go. It was the only way to stop the dog from attacking.)
Even if I did trust my dogs off the lead, I don’t trust other dogs or people and I don’t like the idea of not being able to quickly grab them and pick them up away from danger. It just seems too risky.
Post # 16
Unfortunately the world is full of people who own pets but shouldn’t.