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    Default Roly Boy, You Really Do My Head in Sometimes.

    I went for my walk with the dogs today, Roly goes every second day because he gets too sore, today was Roly's day.
    The walk only lasted 50 minutes as aposed to our hour+ walk cause he was slowing down big time.
    We walked to my horses paddock, did all that stuff, the whole time, I had Roly on a lead, his hearing and sight seem to be ok but i want to be safe.
    As I got to my dead end street on the way home, its about a 5 minute walk down to my house, I had been dragging Roly off every tree the whole walk so on this street, i decided, well no cars are coming, i'll let him have a free walk and smell and pee on anything he likes.
    Lady is up ahead and Roly is about 5 metres behind me peeing on a tree, as im walking, I hear some deep barking, I turn around and there is a very very fat Lab and a young looking Rottwieler on leads about 10 metres behind Roly. I put Lady on a lead because im not 100% trusting of her anymore and call Roly, Roly looks at me and starts walking towards the dogs. I growled at him deeper this time and he keeps walking towards the dogs, head down, tail down. These dogs are almost ripping this mans arms off trying to get to him.
    I am starting to become frustrated, I start walking towards him calmly, he looks at me walking towards him and runs up to these dogs, the Rotti alpha rolls him, Roly squeeks and this poor man was like IM SO SORRY!
    I yanked Roly off the ground (Lady not showing any agression at all btw, hardly even looking)
    'No no no no no, completely MY fault, im saying sorry to you'
    I walk the last 4 minutes with BOTH dogs on leads.
    Great, so in the last 3 months, my dogs have become un-trustworthy and it looks like they have now lost their free leash freedom.
    I feel like such an idiot!
    Roly is 11 years old, he has NEVER ignored my command.
    I would blame his hearing, but he looked at me and ran away.
    No bashing, I have learnt my lesson, you can never completely trust an animal, no matter how long you have owned them, no matter how obediant they are.

    P.S, Regular forumers will know about Ladys surprising 'attack', she has been attending training again, the dog she took on came to one of my classes and they played together!
    My trainer thinks both fights were provoked because she got a fright, but im still attending and being very very very weary around other dogs.

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    Most dogs have the brains of peas when it comes to anything that puts them in drive - whether it's traffic/other dogs/birds etc

    Dogs have to be on lead off your property anyway so keeping them on lead wont be a problem for you. No dog can ever be 100% trusted - no matter how much you love them or think they love you.

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    Aussiemyf7, my 17 year old Jack Russell Pepsi is sound of hearing and sight but has in the last couple of years become quite aloof .. she doesn't stray but takes her time when given a command. She will eventually come when called but on her own accord. She has once got into trouble at the park recently for barking at a Border Collie who was chasing his ball and stepped on her.. he bit her on the neck and she had to spend a night at the Vet hospital for the first time in her life!!

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    I would never have my dogs off - leash, not my previous dogs either. Don't need the stress or the consequences. Even though I trust them, especially Misi-95%, It's still not 100% and never will be. But that's just me...

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    A friend of mine was walking her dog offlead on a road they had always walked - a quiet road. He had been on lead and as was the norm she let him off. A car came flying down the road...she panicked and called her dog...he froze...he died in her arms a few minutes later.

    She learned her lesson in the most awful of ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    I would never have my dogs off - leash, not my previous dogs either. Don't need the stress or the consequences. Even though I trust them, especially Misi-95%, It's still not 100% and never will be. But that's just me...
    Are you saying that your dogs are always on leash and are never allowed to run free? Well, that's just creating more problems (and building frustration of course) for them. Can you imagine yourself always tied and never be able do release all the energy you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    Are you saying that your dogs are always on leash and are never allowed to run free? Well, that's just creating more problems (and building frustration of course) for them. Can you imagine yourself always tied and never be able do release all the energy you have?
    Oh, Dear!
    No, I'm not saying that my dogs are always on leash and never allowed to run free. What was discussed before was about letting them off leash on the way back from a walk, footpath etc.
    We have a suburban backyard, but it's a double block so they have plenty of room to run around, and they do. Daily, few times a day. ( check out "Todays playtime" in the photo section) I play soccer with them in the morning and at night. I have no problems with off-leash parks either. They visit friends and family with me and run around there, I have family members that live on a small farm and they run around the property that is fenced and doggy-proof.
    They seem pretty happy to me.

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    People are so quick to think the worst.

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    I appologise Magdalena, I thought they were always on leash. Sorry again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    A friend of mine was walking her dog offlead on a road they had always walked - a quiet road. He had been on lead and as was the norm she let him off. A car came flying down the road...she panicked and called her dog...he froze...he died in her arms a few minutes later.

    She learned her lesson in the most awful of ways.
    Sadly, this is almost the same story with a little rescue Pug that I re-homed last year. Sid and her sister Nancy were inseperable and I have never in all my years seen 2 dogs that were so close. They were like siamese twins! They came into rescue together and we re-homed them together.

    Each morning they were taken for a walk to the local park and there has never been an issue with iether of them running off when off lead until this morning about 4 weeks ago when Sid decided she wanted to race home and ran straight in front of a car.

    She died almost immediately.

    aussie - could your older dog be starting to show the very beginnings of dementia perhaps?? Thsi often changes their personalities and they can become agressive.

    As for letting dogs off lead. My dogs are never off lead. The only times they have ever been let off is when I travell to an enclosed dog park with them and when I attend the Pug Picnics at Centennial Park. But that is only once a year or so. Obviously they are not tethered at home either.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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