(Closed) Ugh, the nerve of some people…..pet problems. What are your thoughts?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Pet person or not....do you have a problem with off leash dogs that ARE trained and under control?

    No, as long as it is well behaved and stays away from me.

    Not a problem, I actually like it when they come up and greet me. They are so cute and cuddly. :)

    Yes, all dogs should be leashed, at all times.

    Yes, all dogs should stay at home and not be allowed in public places.

  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I hate having my dog on a leash – I don’t think it is a very fun walk for the dog. Luckily, we have a park near our house with cross country trails through the forest and we go there everyday. I never have to put her on a leash and all the dogs we meet are not on a leash either. We have run in to a few uptight people who get mad that our dog (and everyone else’s) runs aroud off leash, but I just ignore them.

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee

    I hate that too. Leash laws are good in general to keep dogs and owners safe, but I think there should be places for people to take them off leash, and if you have a very well trained dog I think you shouldn’t have to have any worries. Some people are just stupid and can’t help but blame anyone but themselves. 

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @bmo88:  I didn’t look at the state. Most states require dogs to be on a leash.

    Either way, I would not want an unleashed dog around me or my dog. Regardless of how well your dog is trained, any dog can be dangerous. My dog is CGC and fully trained, too. He is verbally and gesture trained but I would absolutely never let him off his leash around other people or dogs. He is the friendliest dog in the world, but I’m not a dog. You’re not a dog. Dogs react to the strangest thing. Saying “My dog would never bite somone!” is false. You have no idea if your dog would or wouldn’t, unless it’s jaw is wired shut.

    Post # 36
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    Sugar bee

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    @bmo88:  This is what I LOVE about Colorado. Many more pet owners understand responsible pet ownership and the need for training and realistic assessments of you dog’s maturity/training than where I am now. 

    Post # 37
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @Jess1483:  Yes, this exactly. When I see a dog bounding toward me, my first thought is look for a weapon or thinking about how to defend myself if it attacks. Before we have kids we will definitely be fencing in the yard just to keep other people dog’s out!

    Post # 39
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @bmo88:  In this case you dog was under control. Ok, if you say so.

    All of the “under voice control” dogs I see around my neighborhood are not that. What the eejit owners do not understand is that while their own dogs may have calm, happy termperments, the rescue dog I’ve got on the other end of my lead is dog agressive. They need to stay the hell away from this dog that I’m walking.

     

    Post # 42
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    Sugar bee

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    @Hyperventilate:  I’m sorry, but just because you don’t want other dogs around your dog or your dog to be around strange dogs doesn’t mean no one does. Most people find it enjoyable to watch their dog socialize and play with other dogs.

    Yes, something can go wrong when dogs get together, but that doesn’t mean your should NEVER do something because of the chance that something could go wrong. You still walk outside in the snow/ice, right? You still walk on the sidewalk with passing traffic, right? You still go out to eat, right? Each exaple has factors beyond your control where things could go wrong, but the point is not that something can go wrong, it is taking the steps to mitigating what can go wrong and living your life anyway.

     ETA:  the OP was also in an off-leash area with very specific rules. If you don’t want to interact in those situations, don’t! But the OP was well within her/her dog’s rights in this situation
     

    Post # 43
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The same thing happened to my sisters dog. He is very well trained and knows where the boundaries of his yard are so she doesn’t typically leash him when going from the car to inside, or from the front to the bakyard. The neighbors on the other hand have NOT trained their dog at all, and it ALWAYS comes in my sister’s yard since they refuse to tie it up. One day while she was taking him from the front yard to the back their dog jumped off their porch, came in to my sister’s yard and bit her dog causing a vet bill because he needed the wound to be irregated so it wouldn’t infect and cause and abscess. They are idiots, and still refuse to tie up their dog. She reported it to the police in case it attacks again, or worse bites a human.

    Some people are just so lazy and inconsiderate it drives me mental. Much like some people shouldn’t reproduce, many people shouldn’t be pet owners but sadly there’s not much we can do about it.

    When we got our dog I vowed to make her a good, respectful companion. She’s still young so she does have puppy tendancies but she is amazing with strangers, other dogs and kids. Her worst habit is jumping a little bit on people when she is excited, which we are working on :), but she listens so voice commands very well already.

    Post # 44
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Colorado is soo freakish about leash laws. I went to vet school there and it was a miserable four years for my freedom loving’ pooch. Back in AZ, things are much better. People seem much less uptight about animals here. That is insane about that lady and her shepherd. It would have been hard for me not to say something rude to her…

    Post # 45
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    Bee Keeper

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    @bmo88:  I agree with you mostly. We don’t take our dogs to dog parks because they are not at that point, and they play with each other so it’s not like they are lacking socialization. My point is I think we could all do with a bit less judgement towards how we parent, train our dogs, etc. That lady was wrong to blame you of course, but she may be doing the best she can with her dog. For everyone’s safety and comfort I think leashes are generally the best idea. 

    Post # 46
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    Sugar bee

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    @bmo88:  I’m from Colorado, but have moved away for work. Down in TX they have no dog parks in the town I’m in and all the people in the neighborhood don’t keep their dogs behind fences and they just run up to us when we’re out running. It drives me nuts! Especially because our puppy has had a few bad experiences…so we don’t want him to think all dogs are wild/aggressive.

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