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Thread: Should dogs be allowed off leash in public?

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    My local council are looking at creating a law that all dogs must be on lead in public. They will also build some off lead dog parks if the law goes ahead. I personally am 100% for the new law, i think its a wonderful idea, but i was wondering what other people would think.
    Would you like it if there was a law stating that all dogs must be on leash in public?

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    This is already the law in South Australia. Though many people ignore it. From the back of my dog rego renewal...

    "As of july 2004, dogs must be on a leash, not more than 2m in length in a public place (roads, footpaths, bike paths etc), except in a park or reserve. In a public park or reserve, the dog needs to be under effective control by voice command, in close proximity to the owner and in sight of the owner at all times."
    This is unless signposted otherwise - so some parks and reserves are signposted that dogs must be on lead or not allowed at all - this often applies to small fully fenced parks with playground equipment for children. "Close proximity" varies from council to council but 20m is a guide. And in sight means the dog is not quietly crapping behind the owner.

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    That already is the rule here, except for designated off leash areas. I assumed it was the same everywhere.

    But no one enforces the rule and lots of people ignore it. Personally I can't see a problem with dogs off leash in public as long as they are trained to not cause anyone any annoyance, like approaching dogs on leash or jumping up on people. But obviously that would be even harder to police.

    These kinds of policies rarely come with a budget though, so don't count on it making any difference.

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    Huh, i figured that it was not a law anywhere else... not sure what made me think that though

    I like the idea mainly to stop people who are irresponsible from just letting their dog go.. and there are plenty of people like that, i can assure you! There are no off leash dog parks in my area at the moment which is annoying. It would make me feel more comfortable taking Koda out places knowing that there shouldn't be any off leash dogs that will run up to him.

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    I watched a woman let her dog run in front of a car on the way to the local park on Monday. Lucky for the dog - the car was able to stop. She really didn't care and she hadn't brought the dog lead with her either, so she was going to break the law going home too. And to top it off, the dog was not wearing a rego tag. She said her dog would walk next to her all the way home. I said like he did to get here? Funny how she could tell I was angry with her. Unfortunately it was after hours - so the chance of getting a ranger out was about zero. She also let the dog chase and harass a SWF too. It was big like a lab x ridgeback or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I watched a woman let her dog run in front of a car on the way to the local park on Monday. Lucky for the dog - the car was able to stop. She really didn't care and she hadn't brought the dog lead with her either, so she was going to break the law going home too. And to top it off, the dog was not wearing a rego tag. She said her dog would walk next to her all the way home. I said like he did to get here? Funny how she could tell I was angry with her. Unfortunately it was after hours - so the chance of getting a ranger out was about zero. She also let the dog chase and harass a SWF too. It was big like a lab x ridgeback or something.
    And that's exactly why i want this law enforced in my area! Too many irresponsible dog owners around i think!

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    If a dog is off leash here it has got out of the yard. We have beach off leash area and our local bush area is barely used and dogs are off leash there, apart fro that everywhere on leash. I mean why wouldn't you unless you have an exceptionally well behaved dog?
    Having said that when I was a child we had a lab x called Porgy that hated the leash on but would cheerfully hold it in his mouth. Not even a passing cat would provoke him to put it down, as far as he was concerned it was attached somehow. It was my job to walk him and people often stopped me with smiles to comment.

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    'maddogdodge' - Thank you very much for starting this thread.

    Dogs not being on leash when they are out and about with their owner/s - is something that annoys the absolute …….. out of me.

    There are laws about this – so a few links:

    Cookie support required | Australian Veterinary Association

    What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    http://www.lawsociety.com.au/cs/grou...ers/420246.pdf

    http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/as...fact-sheet.pdf

    Dogs and the law

    Qld legislation | Centre for Companion Animals in the Community

    As for Riley - he never leaves the yard now unless he is on lead or in the car. Yes - when he first came here - he jumped the fence and went AWOL a few times - but we have sorted that out.

    Now – if in the car – I have a few sorts of lead and collar combinations ready plus water and plastic bags – which depends on where we are going and who we are visiting. It is not that difficult to do this - and here was I thinking that I was being lazy having this stuff already in the car !

    Part of the responsibilities of owning a dog is following the laws of the state and council area that you live in. Using the excuse that other people don't have their dogs on lead in public - so why should I ?- really doesn't impress me as a viable excuse ! Nor does it make me believe that the person/s making that comment is a responsible dog owner.

    I really don't see how - just using common sense and empathy - which really - when you look at the laws - that is all they are about - how this could be a problem for people !

    But obviously it is !

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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.

    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? 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.

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    I think that for people who are responsible, (will listen to requests to move away from other dog owners) and their dog has a brilliant recall, it is okay for them to have their dog off leash in public. However, even if many people are responsible like this, there are still so many people who aren't, and this is why the council want to enforce this new rule. Now there has been a lot of debate locally because there are lots of people who walk their dogs off leash and don't want the new law in place. But i honestly don't understand what the issue is. If the council are going to provide designated off leash dog parks (something that has never been around my area before) what harm is there in walking your dog on lead? I just don't understand why its such an issue to some people... Its a small change for a lot of security for the general public/other dog owners.

    Edit- I was just thinking about how many people say "oh my dog would never do that" or "My dog will always listen to me" which reminded me of the ONE time my family and I ever walked Dodge off lead. We were at the beach and my Dad decided to let her off to go and explore around a bit, at the time this seemed like there was no problem with that at all because Dodge has an amazing recall to my Dad, up until that day I had never seen her disobey my Dad! But... she did something unpredictable... she took off... and she wasn't stopping!!! (For those who have seen Red Dog, she was like him, she just kept walking and walking!) We reckon she was heading home!! My Dad had to sprint to catch her.. it was like she had gone deaf!
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