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Thread: Dog Parks in the ACT/Southern NSW that actually enforce leash laws?

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    Hi,

    It was probably a mistake trying to take my new puppy and old dog for a walk in our local park during a public holiday as once again we were run up on by yet another off lead dog. He was with two women who were riding push bikes and was running ahead of the bikes. The women were just chatting away totally ignoring what their dog was doing. This annoys the hell out of me and I hate it.

    I live in a very small country town (Boorowa) where many people let their dogs run loose on the street and the majority of people (it seems from what I've observed) take their dogs to the park off lead. When their dogs run up to me they just smile and say "Oh He's FRIENDLY don't worry!" as if they can predict everything their dog or a strange dog it runs up on will do.

    It's hit or miss if I can find a day when this does not happen to me so I'm taking my dogs out for walks less and less and trying to avoid the park as it's a lost cause. Nobody out here wants to obey leash laws.

    Anyway, my husband is very ill and currently in hospital and we are seriously considering selling our semi rural property out here anyway. I would like to move to someplace that has a dog park where they enforce leash laws and have an off lead area for people who want to take their dogs to the park off lead.

    Well, actually, just come to Boorowa in Southern NSW if you want to have your dog in an off lead dog park because THE ENTIRE PARK OUT HERE SEEMS TO BE AN OFF LEAD ONE!!!!!

    Anybody out there know if some of these cities are any better for obeying lead laws... GOULBURN NSW? YASS NSW? (I've actually walked my dogs in Yass on several occasions at the Riverbank Park and most people there do seem to keep their dogs on lead) YOUNG NSW? ANY OTHER TOWN PEOPLE COULD RECOMMEND THAT ENFORCE LEASH LAWS AND ARE SAFE PLACES TO WALK YOUR DOGS?

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    It sounds as if you wish to walk your dog, through a park (no cars) whilst it remains on a lead. For the duration of its walk.
    Of course this is adequate exercise for your dog. But could you consider letting yours off too? And just chill? have you trained your dog to play well with others? How to greet other dogs without barging in all cock sure?
    If not, then a water pistol can keep some dogs at bay. Though mine would mob you at that point, coz water = play time zoomies!

    its sounds as this really gets to you, and is ruining your chances of enjoying that time with your dog. Why not leave the 'park' for a bit, and walk the streets. Gardens are lovely to look at as well as parks. And your dog has all those interesting pee mails to catch up on.
    Very unlikely to meet an owner with a dog off leash, though not absolute certainty.

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    Sounds dreadful RokasMum. I don't live in the area you are looking at, but near me there is a 2km long park where the on-leash rule is obeyed by 99.99% of dog owners. About 5 minutes away there is a fenced off-leash park which is popular. I'd hate to have to walk my dog on suburban streets where we are likely to encounter roaming dogs.
    I feel for you.

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    I don't think it's safe to let loose dogs run up on other people. Period. I wouldn't let my dogs to that to anybody else and I expect the same consideration from other people. Dogs are animals and so are unpredictable. You don't know other peoples dogs and what they might do in those circumstances. In my case my puppy is only six months old and a small breed (JRT x Mini Foxy) A much larger mature dog running literally on top of him could be a serious threat. There is no way of knowing and I prefer to be safe rather then sorry.

    I am originally from Canberra where my husband was an instructor at CDC (Companion Dog Club). They have very strict rules there for everybody keeping control of their dogs and keeping their dogs on lead for good reason. That is that anything could happen with an out of control dog. In this case, a dog running ahead of a bush bike, the women riding push bikes while chatting and not paying attention to or controlling their dog could have caused an accident or the dog could have started a fight with my dogs and their would be nothing I could do about it.

    What I want is to find a dog park where there are strict rules about keeping dogs on lead. I'd also like to find a town with an actual dog club where they do things like obedience training, fly ball, agility etc... So, I'll rephrase my question: What are the best towns in Southern NSW with actual dog parks and dog clubs (Also, good veterinary hospitals)?

    This is a very small undeveloped town with very little infrastructure (only one grocery store, no bus or public transport) so yes, there is a lot of undeveloped land out here. However, most of it is private farm land and fenced off. In the actual town itself a lot of people let their dogs run loose in the street so even walking my dog in the town is risky and I don't feel safe doing it. I've had several instances where loose neighbourhood dogs have run up to me and my dogs while we were out walking in town. Since we are probably going to move anyway this is why I am asking the above question.

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    What town do you live in? I don't really live in a suburban area. Boorowa is a very small country town. I think this is probably why there is a bit of inherent disrespect for "The Law" and people from city backgrounds who have different values.

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    Our towns people don't seem to own leads either so I feel your pain.

    We're in Gunning - between Yass & Goulburn. I used to live in Goulburn and it was pretty good. Yass also seems ok. Boorowa might be just that bit smaller that it gets less patrols. I find with the super shire councils that most of the ranger activity (as well as most other stuff!) seems to be concentrated in the bigger towns.

    Bernie I hate to sound snooty but dogs should be on lead if they're not in a designated off lead area. This helps stop elderly or very young people, and people with dogs that don't want to be approached by unknown dogs having to deal with problems like jumping, playing or agro dogs.

    My dogs are not safe off lead in unenclosed spaces as they are large, run fast and don't always have good recall. It's just a sighthound thing. But they also don't like strange dogs getting in their space. Yes, they are dog-snobs. They will sometimes get along with other borzoi, or other sighthounds but that's it really. They are also entire animals with their own pack structure and don't need or want new friends. Either do I.

    So if we're walking we avoid off leash areas, and too right I get annoyed by off lead dogs in other places. I control mine, I shouldn't have to try and control other people's. And strange dogs jumping on/licking etc my kids in parks really annoys me.

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    Oh, and Goulburn have good dog clubs. Not sure on Yass but can ask around. Good vets in Yass too. Gundaroo is another nice town. Some off lead dogs but not too bad, and a great vet.

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    Hi NattyLou,

    Yes, I know Gunning! I also own horses and have been to a few shows at the Gunning showgrounds. I am a "mature age" person and have lived in Canberra and in Currawang (close to Goulburn off the Federal highway). We used to have a 50 acre property out there.

    [QUOTE=Nattylou;189376]Our towns people don't seem to own leads either so I feel your pain.

    >We're in Gunning - between Yass & Goulburn. I used to live in Goulburn and it was pretty good. Yass also seems ok.

    Yass Riverbank Park has been very good the few times I've been there. People have always had their dogs on lead or else, if their dog was off lead they always had a lead handy and put one on their dogs as soon as they saw me walking my pair (I have a matching pair of black and white JRT x Miniature Foxies).

    >Boorowa might be just that bit smaller that it gets less patrols.

    They get NO PATROLS as far as I can see. I've never seen a ranger or police officer in the park here. I'm not even sure there are police here 100% of the time.

    >I find with the super shire councils that most of the ranger activity (as well as most other stuff!) seems to be concentrated in the bigger towns.

    Yes. I'm starting to think I'd definitely like to live in a bit larger town. (

    >Bernie I hate to sound snooty but dogs should be on lead if they're not in a designated off lead area. This helps stop elderly or very young people, and people with dogs that don't want to be approached by unknown dogs having to deal with problems like jumping, playing or agro dogs.

    I am 57 years old and I have two dogs. #1. My 13 year old JRT x Mini Foxy and #2 my six month old Jrt x mini foxy. The puppy is VERY ACTIVE AND HIGH ENERGY and a bit out of control still at this point in time. He can also be a bit aggressive toward strange (dogs we don't ) dogs. I have not taken him in to be desexed yet but that is going to happen VERY SOON! As I think it will help with his aggression issues.

    >My dogs are not safe off lead in unenclosed spaces as they are large, run fast and don't always have good recall.

    Same here. I would not take my puppy off lead in a public park or out in the open just yet. A bit more maturity, desexing, and training are needed first. This is what many of "The Locals" don't seem to understand. They only look at things from their own viewpoint it seems to me.

    It's just a sighthound thing. But they also don't like strange dogs getting in their space. Yes, they are dog-snobs. They will sometimes get along with other borzoi, or other sighthounds but that's it really. They are also entire animals with their own pack structure and don't need or want new friends. Either do I.

    >So if we're walking we avoid off leash areas, and too right I get annoyed by off lead dogs in other places. I control mine, I shouldn't have to try and control other people's. And strange dogs jumping on/licking etc my kids in parks really annoys me.

    Ditto. My point entirely.

    RokasMom

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    Well pop by and say hello if you're in Gunning - just ask the locals for the crazy big dog or borzoi lady on the hill and they'll point you in the right direction!

    We used to be in Collector so I know Currawang too. Rangers and cops usually get caught up in bigger towns filling staff shortages. It's the bane of small town life really!

    What do you think of Harden? I go there for shows a bit and it seems an ok spot. Good real estate prices. But Yass is a little bigger, and still has good access to ACT with parks and lake-walking with dogs. The river parks in Yass are nice. Crookwell isn't bad - if you don't mind the cold!

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    >What do you think of Harden?

    I've only passed through there a couple of times so don't know it very well.

    > But Yass is a little bigger, and still has good access to ACT with parks and lake-walking with dogs. The river parks in Yass are nice.

    Yass would be my choice if we could afford the real estate prices there but it's getting to be as expensive as Canberra to buy in. (

    >Crookwell isn't bad - if you don't mind the cold!

    I am originally from San Francisco (20 years ago. I am an Aussie citizen now) so I *** LOVE COLD WEATHER*** Or what you in Australia would consider "cold". To be honest I hate hot weather and the long, hot, humid spring, summer, autumns we have here. (

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