View Poll Results: Should there be a law that dogs must be on lead in public?

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Thread: Should dogs be allowed off leash in public?

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    You mean fenced dog parks? There are plenty of threads here about how well that works for lots of us...

    Though we are extremely lucky in Canberra to have lots of unfenced off leash areas. Every suburb has at least one off leash oval. Surrounded by streets. You want to make sure you have total control over your dog when you let them off there.

    We live in a very risk averse society. It's is a real bug bear of mine. Happens with kids too.

    Laws like that don't do anything to encourage responsible dog ownership. It's a bit like making everyone drive 25kph because there's people on the road who can't drive. Bring on a licensing system. You need a licence to keep a snake, why not to own a dog?

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    I am against any and all laws being passed, that will not be enforced. As this is a waste of my tax i have paid.
    This of course includes dog specific legislation.

    Laws will never address being irresponsible to others. This comes from within the person's values, taught before you leave home and buy your first dog, not applied by others.

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    I dear say I have seen a few humans recently that need to be on a leash more than dogs............

    It is the same old story, certain people ruin it for others I guess.

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    I'm with Beloz and Bernie on this. I have no problem with a law like that per se, but what's the point if it's not going to be enforced? - as it isn't by my local council, and many others too it seems. Just like the dangerous dog laws they're always talking about, addressing the issue that there are some people who just shouldn't own animals would be of more value IMHO.

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    AFAIK, in WA it's a State law, with shires providing on lead parks and policing the lead law elsewhere. Obviously some towns are going to be harder than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    I am against any and all laws being passed, that will not be enforced. As this is a waste of my tax i have paid.
    This of course includes dog specific legislation.

    Laws will never address being irresponsible to others. This comes from within the person's values, taught before you leave home and buy your first dog, not applied by others.
    Hmmm...not so sure about not being enforced. I have been warned once by a passing ranger (my car had died and I was waiting for help and let the dog out: not an excuse, but I was just sitting and had other things in my mind) and they are pretty keen to attend to free dogs if you report them.
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    Enforcing? I think I have seen the ranger out, about twice in my dog's life time, checking on dog things. Usually only comes if someone reports a stray and aggressive or scary looking dog. But if you actually catch the dog, if it has a tag - they will ask you to call the owner to come and get... Which can take hours. If there is no tag, the ranger will come and get - which can take hours...

    I think there is fairly regular 10am (dog on lead time) patrol of the busier beaches, but the less busy beaches are more frequently patrolled by the garbage collectors. Unlike in Perth - where the army of council people making the beach nice every morning is astounding.

    I went to the beach today - I had to put my dog on lead for a significant part of the time - because there were trucks and bulldozers and other large sand carting vehicles going up and down it. And I didn't want to risk her being squashed. It's off lead all day at our beaches in winter, but ... effective control applies, and the dog is off lead at your own risk (of her life).

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    Oooops. Voted no when I meant yes so poll is actually 10 yes and 1 no.
    Brain fog.

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    But the question is about whether you agree with that law or not because where MDD lives, it isn't in force at the moment.
    ‘Beloz’ – sorry – no – I didn’t misinterpret the topic - the topic of the thread was:

    ‘Should there be a law that dogs must be on lead in public ?’

    There are laws all around Australia stating that dogs must be on lead in public – unless otherwise stipulated.

    I put up heaps of links with my previous post – that is if people could be bothered to read – that explained how these specific laws in Australia are made and who it affects. Just because a particular council does not enforce specific laws – it does not mean that residents in that State are not affected by State Laws.

    I would hope from my previous post/s – it should be very obvious that I agree with a law that says that all dogs should be on lead when out in public unless otherwise stated by legislation. As I don’t go to off-lead parks – Riley is always on lead when we are walking around the place – outside of my yard.

    Whether I agree with certain laws or not – really is a non-event for me. I abide by the laws of the council/state/country that I live in. I just happen to agree with this particular law.

    I get really tired of people who like to think that they are above the law and enjoy being civilly disobedient. The problem is that it is not only them that are affected.

    If everyone who walks their dogs off leash in those places where it is still allowed anywhere would have trained their dogs properly and prevent them from being a nuisance to others, would there be a need to change the legislation?
    Training dogs – just look on the internet to see all these wonderful ways to train dogs. How many are successful ? Really - does the ‘ordinary run of the mill pet owner’ give a damn – or could be bothered ! The only time they take any notice is if they are fined or their dog is taken off them for breaches of legislation.

    I don't think not having your dog on leash everywhere is irresponsible per se. The breaking the law thing is a different discussion altogether.
    Really – well this thread proves what ?

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    I like what they did in an European city where they passed a law that all dogs have to be on leash while in public - unless the owner has a kind of 'doggy drivers license' that showed that they have done extensive training and passed an obedience test. In that case the dog is allowed off leash.

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