(Closed) VENT: People not keeping their dogs on leashes in public areas

posted 4 years ago in Pets
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2002

I totally agree!  I  own a very large breed dog who is not other dog friendly.   I can’t keep my dog or any off leash dogs safe while walking!!  I  have had to resort to carrying pepper spray for a worst case incident because my dog will attack.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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olives3 :  Yikes. Have you taken your dog to specialized trainers? 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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olives3 :  That’s really scary. I wouldn’t be taking your dog anywhere near other dogs or people til you sort that out

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Completely agree! The other day I had my 7 month old in the baby swing at the park (specifically on-leash area – there are signs) and a large off leash dog came running over, barking and growling at my stroller, luckily LO was not in it at the time. I called over to the owner, stating I had a baby with me and requested he please leash his dog until they passed the playground area and the man said “don’t worry I have grandkids, my dog is harmless, he won’t go near you”. Then his dog came running over into the playground area (this guy had zero control over his animal), tried to jump on me and I again said I didn’t want his unleashed, unfamiliar dog near my baby and asked him to please leash his animal. He kept saying it was fine, and refused to leash his dog – luckily the dog decided to run into the field, chasing a rabbit or something, so he ran after it giving me and my daughter time to leave the park.

So ridiculous that he thinks his right to walk his dog unleashed wherever he wants trumps my right to feel my child is safe (and my child’s overall safety because this man had no control over his animal and was clearly not concerned with whether or not his dog was going to jump on/snap at my child). I completely respect people who own dogs and are responsible owners, unfortunately this man was not one of them. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2002

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wonderlily :  she is people friendly just not other dog friendly.  It is her breed.  Every encounter will not result in a fight, but we keep her away from other dogs.  She is not a dog park candidate, and only walks near our home , not in parks.  She came that way unfortunately. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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olives3 :  “She came that way…” You have heard of training, right?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have 2 pitbull mixes, a bull mastiff, and a lab mix. They stay on leash even in off leash areas. Not because I think they may misbehave but because I don’t know how other dogs will behave. I have complete control over my dogs. I also because I try to keep my tail covered just in case someone loses control over their dog and tries to blame my dogs. A couple of years ago I took my dogs to the lake with my sister. They stayed on the leash. A jogger comes with his dog (jack russell I think). His dog immediately starts barking at my lab mix and hopping up and biting at his face. I’m yelling for the guy to get his dog. Well my bull mastiff finally has enough and picks up the little dog and flings him into the bushes. We exchange info and everything. I take my lab to the vet and he has to get 3 stitches. The guy refuses the pay the vet bill and takes ME to court. Trying to say my dogs attacked his dogs and hoping the judge would believe his story because of the size of my dogs. Luckily we had witnesses saying my dogs were leashed and his wasn’t and he had 0 control of his dog. People will do this especially if you have a large dog and their dog is little. They’ll lie hoping to make their little dog seem like the victim when in fact I’ve had more trouble from small dogs than I’ve ever had from big ones.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Nevermind. I’m the doting fur-mama of a so-called “bully breed,” and people like you are part of the problem. There is nothing I can say here that is not argumentative, so I’m going to just walk away now

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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olives3 :  “It is her breed.”

Umm no. That’s the reason why some dogs get such a bad rap. If you can’t afford to take her to a special trainer then you learn to train her on you own. Or you don’t take her to public spaces.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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wonderlily :  It’s just not that simple. We got our dog from a reputable breeder — he’s a labrador retriever. He started obedience and socialization classes at 8 weeks and was your perfect, happy go lucky pup. He went on to get CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified as well as do nosework, agility, and lay the groundwork for therapy work. At six months old he got attacked by two golden retrievers while we were out walking on a trail. He was on-leash, they were off-leash. This happened again with a mix on a separate trail a couple months later. Since then, he does. not. like. dogs that he hasn’t met before the incident.

In the aftermath we’ve spent thousands — and I mean that without exaggeration — of dollars on highly recommended behavioral trainers to try and make him trust all other dogs again. All of them have emphasized that he just may not get along with other dogs as much any more and we have accepted this his life is still full, safe, and happy.

The problem here is people not obeying leash laws AND not having control of their animals in the process because they assume all other dogs are dog-friendly, well-behaved, and well-adjusted.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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olives3 :  do you pepper spray your own dog or other dogs? Who suggested this was a good plan to you? 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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joy1313 :  x1000000

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Can people keep their kids leashed, and from running up to my dog? That would be great. Also, it would be really nice to be able to walk down the sidewalk without trying to dodge a child on a scooter or bicycle that is careening down the middle without any control or thought to what adults are right in their path to run over. K thanks bye. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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beeintraining :  That is very sad, and I am sorry that happened to your pup.

I agree dogs need to be leashed in leashed areas. That is also a problem, just not what I was talking about here. Pepper spraying one’s dog is just not acceptable; olive needs to find another means of exercising that will not expose her dog to potential fights like that. And she needs to stop perpetuating bad breed stereotypes.

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