Post # 1
So, I usually go home for lunch so that I can see my two dogs and after I eat and before I go back to work, I take them out so that they can pee and smell around a little bit before being cooped up in the apt the rest of the afternoon.
Today I was taking my great dane/boarder collie mix out and all of the sudden my neighbor’s dog came running over and started growling at my dog, which caused him to growl back, and they nipped at eachother a bit.
This makes me mad because 1) We live in Florida and there is a LEASH law that requires all dogs to be on a leash 2) My SO and I always follow this law 3) Is it REALLY that hard to put a leash on your dog? I know that you think your dog is harmless, and maybe that dog is, but for some reason it just IRKS me.
Am I alone? Do I need to calm down lol????
Post # 3
@veryberry13: I completely understand! I practically could have wrote this myself (I too go home during lunch to let my dog out, but it is a little dog) and this has happened more than once! In fact, more than a handful of times.
There are leash laws here too and I don’t understand why it’s seemingly so difficult for people to use them. My dog feels attacked (mostly because he’s so small) when this happens even if the other dog isn’t going to bite him.
On numerous occasions I’ve had to pick him up and carry him because someone’s unleashed dog wouldn’t leave him alone. 🙁 So I feel ya
Post # 4
How was the owner when they got their dog back? Apologetic? Does this happen a lot? I ask because my pup sneaks out/charges doors if you don’t command him to stay before, so I can understand the dog might’ve just snuck out. But if it happens all the time, yes, I’d be annoyed to.
Post # 5
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@veryberry13: not at ALL! Next time this happens, yell at the dog to startle him and make him go away. Make yourself big, take an aggressive stance, and get between your dog and him (unless you think doing that puts you in significant danger, please don’t get bit).
THEN yell at the owner if they’re there. If they’re not, find out where he lives and go tell them to get control of their animal.
If it keeps happening, carry pepper spray or a stick. Don’t be afraid to give it a good kick. I had to kick a vicious pomeranion just a couple weeks ago and the damn thing barely noticed. I was NOT being gentle. You won’t hurt him. I assume this is a big dog?
And report them to the apartment manager or the HOA (I have no idea what is your living situation). If you have neither, go straight to animal control, after speaking with the owners.
Post # 6
Sigh. I really wish people would realize that leash laws are there to protect THEM as well as their dogs. We have them here, too, and I nearly hit a lady’s dog because she didn’t have him on a leash. She was jogging with him next to her (he had a leash on but she wasn’t holding it) and he darted out into the road RIGHT in front of my car. : She just walked over and grabbed his leash and kept jogging while I’m sobbing and having a panic attack.
Post # 7
No. No. NO! My great dane was bitten in the FACE by a jack russel who was not on a leash. I was beyond pissed. The lady seemed to think that because her dog was small it was harmless and she acted all terrified of my HUGE ASS DOG… who by the way was wimpering because he had a hole in his jowl! Ugh. Some people. I get that sometimes dogs will jump over or dig under a fence, or make a mad dash past a small child out the front door, but as pet owners it’s our job to do our best to prevent that from happening. Hope your dog is ok!
Post # 8
Totally agree with you, OP. Also, having a good time picturing a medium border collie and a great dane making puppies ;-).
Do you have any dog pictures? I’d love to see what a border collie/great dane looks like! My last dog was a dalmation/border collie, so I love love collie mixes!
Post # 9
Nope you are not alone with this. I live in on the third floor of an apartment complex with no elevator. We have to take our small dogs downstairs several times a day for them to go potty. Our neighbor on the first floor seems to refuse to use a leash PLUS he does not pick up after his dog. It is so annoying. It’s a pain for us to follow the rules but we still do it, why can’t he when it is so easy?
Post # 10
@DaneLady: I find little dogs to be the most aggressive, and the quickest to start rumbles/get aggressive. It’s got to be that they are tiny and afraid, and thus quick to attack/be defensive, right? My poor black lab just stands there all calm while the little dogs freak the eff out at him on walks.
Post # 11
@crayfish: lol, as hesitant as I am to pass a broad sweeping jugement like that, yeah that has been my experience :/ Also, I can see where 130lbs of drooling goofiness is kind of terrifying, but still… put it on a leash!
Post # 12
I would be so irritated at that!! I love dogs, and I can’t wait to have one of my own once I’m finished with school. Dogs are great!! You who’s not so great? Irresponsible owners.
The development I live in is built around a small park. It is a public park, not just for people who live here (which I think it freaking weird). This park, which my backyard opens onto, has become the unofficial dog park of our town and it drives me nuts. Not only do people who live in the neighborhood allow their dogs to roam around the development and park unsupervised, many people who don’t live here come to let their dogs run around off leash. I constantly hear dogs barking, growling, and getting into confrontations. Children who live in our neighborhood feel unsafe running around the grass, and instead they tend to play in the street (no side walks in our development, and all of the houses have tiny yards). I can’t run through the park without getting chased by poorly behaved dogs. I’ve almost hit dogs while driving through my neighborhood many times. They poop on my lawn. People throw bagged up dog poop on the ground instead of in the trash cans. Sometimes they throw it in my back yard. Even though bags are provided, most don’t even bother to pick their dogs shit up.
It bothers me to no end. I hate that the neighborhood kids don’t get to use the park as much as they should be able to (I feel like the park is there for them!). I hate that I can’t exercise in my neighborhood. I hate that there is a serious possibility that one of these dogs is going to get hurt by a car or another dog due to their owner’s negligence and stupidity. Letting dogs run around unsupervised in packs around small children is a recipe for disaster. I hate that my cat is chased by dogs everyday, even in her own yard. I hate the poop.
We have a leash law for a reason. Dogs are not predictable animals. Great, wonderful dogs bite, have animal or people aggression issues, or get worked up in the right situations. It’s a matter of safety for those around you, but especially for your dog!! The most annoying thing about this, is that five minutes up the road there is a beach that allows dogs off leash. It’s a freaking beach. It’s huuuuuge. It isn’t far away. It’s more fun for the dogs. It’s LEGAL. Ack. I could rant forever.
Post # 13
@veryberry13: I really hate it when people ignore leash laws. My dog once got overwhelmed by a pack of weims in the park – Fiance stepped in and scolded the owners out. I’m famous for being the bitch in the park that will yell ‘leash laws exist for a reason!’ when off-leash dogs start trouble.
Post # 14
Ugh, I hate this! my parents are like this with their dogs (and when I lived at home, the dogs wouldn’t pull the same shenanigans when I took them out because I was strict with them). I think it’s pretty comparable to poorly behaved kids – usually the human adult’s the problem.
Post # 15
Funny you posted this… There’s a little dog near our house that is always out in the front yard off leash. I personally am bad with leashes, we walk our shi tzu on the leash but we’ve taught the golden to come when called and stay nearby so we allow him off leash. Not to mention being off leash and running ahead he gets way more exercise than if we walk him and slow him down. I know it’s a bad habit, and people probably don’t appreciate it but we do it. I also don’t like to leash the dogs if I’m out front, so I understand this neighbor’s thought process.
However, recently I walked by this neighbor house with just the shi tzu (we only have the golden with us part time as he’s mine and my mom’s dog together). The USUALLY nice dog, came over and I started talking to her, and then she full on ATTACKED our shi tzu. I was SO PISSED. I had to pick him up, then when I bent down to pick up the leash handle since I dropped it, she jumped up and tried to bite him again!
A few days later we venture by this neighbor again… me hoping this guy has learned.. He comes around the corner like “oh sorry about the other day she’s on a leash now” except then she comes barreling around (sans leash) and ATTACKS MY DOG AGAIN! I mean shit! At this point I have had it with this guy and his stupid dog. The next time I walked by, he wasn’t out, but his neighbor was, and his neighbor, who I don’ tknow at all, even said something to me about it. We comisserated about the naughty dog for a minute so it made me feel better that I wasn’t just being a b
I really want to say something to him, but every time he apologizes I just mumble “it’s ok” and walk away. I need to stop dong that, because really it’s not. Oh, I’ve also almost run over her beacuse she was galavanting around in the street by herself.
Post # 16
@veryberry13: No! It is people like that that ruin things for the rest of us good dog owners. I would have been completely livid if a dog came close to hurting my own or even attempted it fur to a lack of supervision and restraint. Was the owner sorry?