Post # 61
Westwood : Agreed! While I have been pretty slack in walking my dogs in the past (really big backyard), all dogs do need the exercise! Should slightly aggressive dogs who are kept on leashes and kept under control on walks by their owners be punished for other owners’ not keeping their dogs under control??
Luckily this dog that came up to us was well behaved and followed the owner when called, but still it bugs me that he/she was off leash!
bklynbridetobe : I agree, there is at least one in every neighbourhood I am sure! I consider myself a pet ‘parent’, my dogs are my babies, but not like that. I keep them on leads at all times except once in the off-leash area. I don’t even take their leads off at our front fence until we are actually inside the fence!
HoneysHoney : Haha mine are similar, most of the time was good but sometimes they just ignored us! Now they are both fairly deaf so it doesn’t help much! Food control would work haha. They certainly know immediately and come over when there is a hint of food.
Post # 62
It really infuriates me how some people think they’re so entitled that rules (such as using a leash or traffic rules) don’t apply to them because their little puppy is just so perfect. Happens so much here in Australia. No wonder there are tons of complaints made under the Dog Acts in different states.
Post # 63
3 dogs got attacked by a coyote right outside my apartment complex when they were off leash about a week ago – I couldn’t imagine not keeping my dog leashed all the time, unless we’re in a dog park. I have the opposite issues – it’s always the owners in my area with small dogs who let their dogs run around and antagonize every other dog. Don’t even get me started on retractable leashes. Some owners are lucky my 50lb dog is so chill and dog friendly.
Post # 64
Ugh this kills me. There is a couple with a giant dog I had to report. He’s a very friendly dog but he catches my very protective German Shepard mix off guard. I was almost seriously injured because he came running around a corner fast while barking and my dog went into full in attack mode. Normally I handle him well but he’s trained to protect me and I could not get him to calm down quick enough and was essentially dragged across the grass. The people did not apologize once, I’m just lucky I didn’t have my crazy puppy out there with us too.
Haven’t seen then since I made the report.
Post # 65
I HATE this!!!!
ive got two small dogs, one of which I recently adopted. He is sweet as pie, and wants to befriend dogs, but as I recently learned- he will bite/attack any dog that runs at himwhen hes on a leash-aka a dog off leash.
I felt bad when my dog bit a lab the first time, but I told the guy to leave his dog on a leash, as is the local law- he told me ‘ I do what I want’… So the second time this happened, I didn’t feel bad- his dog was bleeding and he sauntered over, as I’m trying to pick my guy up. He called the cops- fine with me- and they issued HIM 2 tickets- one for off leash, one for not having registered the dog with the city- cost him $600. A leash, would’ve been wayyyyyyyy cheaper.
Post # 66
Jacqui90 : I feel your pain!! Off leash dogs have attacked my dog on numerous occasions and now we’re dealing with fear aggression! They have been both big and small breeds–all due to sh*tty, irresponsible owners. He used to be super dog-friendly but after the attacks he doesn’t really trust other dogs (except his doggy friends and at daycare).
And to those who think it’s as simple as training–not so. Our pup has been in group and private obedience training since 9 weeks old and is a CGC and we’re still dealing with the repecussions of the attacks. He’s getting better, but very slowly. I still see my neighbor’s dog off leash who attacked my dog and it makes my blood boil. And I happen to have a breed that never forgets (GSD). I also carry pepper spray bc I’m tired of him being attacked and the last one could’ve been really bad. I’m a huge animal lover but at the end of the day, I will never again watch my dog be ripped to shreds bc usually he just stands there and takes it. Sorry not sorry.