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    No idea where it was but I couldn't believe she said 'I was just about to put him on the leash when he bolted'. I had to bite back my reply of 'Doesn't the leash go on before you leave the house?'

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    My dog didn't like going back on lead either when she was little and I had no idea.

    She knew just how far I could reach and she was wary of all my friends too. She thought chase the dog was the best game ever. The only way to catch her reliably was to have a narrow flight of stairs handy... cos she'd push past me to get to the top or bottom and then I could catch her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Perfectly legal where I live, anyone can walk their dog off lead anywhere they want at any time. I hate it so much!

    And this thread just shows why it should be illegal to walk off lead anywhere!
    Seriously? Why would I and my dog get punished for the actions of idiot dog owners? I have more control over my dog off lead than most people have over their dog on lead. And I was only just thinking this morning that people who never want to let their dog off lead often lack the same motivation to train them as those that do.

    I really shake my head at this "dogs need to be on lead all the time" attitude. Might be fine if you live on a property, but if you live in the city, I find it very cruel on the dog if they never get the opportunity to run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Seriously? Why would I and my dog get punished for the actions of idiot dog owners? I have more control over my dog off lead than most people have over their dog on lead. And I was only just thinking this morning that people who never want to let their dog off lead often lack the same motivation to train them as those that do.

    I really shake my head at this "dogs need to be on lead all the time" attitude. Might be fine if you live on a property, but if you live in the city, I find it very cruel on the dog if they never get the opportunity to run.
    You're right, you are in the minority of people who actually can control their dogs, which is what makes things hard for everything else when dogs are allowed anywhere. People let them off lead and they have no control of them at all... its ridiculous.

    I don't think dog should never be allowed off lead at all. What I dislike is when its okay for people to do it literally anywhere they want. Other than areas dogs aren't allowed full stop, there is not a single place in my local area i can go where dogs aren't allowed off lead. By all means let your dog off in a designated park or something (fenced or not, doesn't really matter) But having dogs loose all over the place makes things difficult for so many people.

    If there was a very large designated park for off leash dogs to go rather than letting dogs off leash anywhere, that would be amazing. Because that way, people like me can avoid those areas and be safe, rather than having every single walk be a stressful situation.

    I can't even take Koda into town to sit peacefully at a table and eat lunch, because there always seem to be dogs running around like crazy off lead with no control.
    There is a huge park area in my town (big enough to let your dog off lead, but still be a fair way away from other dogs), the council could make that an off lead area but the streets and smaller parks on lead only. That would solve a LOT of problems here, including dogs getting hit by cars, dog harassing people, and dogs attacking other dogs or animals.

    I know someone who's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel got attacked by two massive off leash dogs while walking on lead down the street, the Cavie is lucky to be alive. Had those dogs been on lead, it wouldn't have happened.

    Yes, responsible people like you should be able to let your dogs off lead, but sadly there the number of idiotic people far outweighs the number of responsible people.

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    I know how you feel MDD, it's the same in my town. I've taken to putting my dogs in the car and taking them elsewhere for a walk/run, it's just too stressful and dangerous to walk dogs on a lead through my town. Last time I did I was bailed up by 2 pitties, not a human in sight - scared the crap outa me! (having said that I witnessed a neighbour walking 3 leashed dogs bailed up by the same 2 pits, this time the owners were nearby and completely ignored the situation and the womans pleas for help).

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    I think it really all comes down to owner responsibility and control. I happy for dogs to be off the leash as long as they are still under control. Some people don't even have control of their dogs even when they are on the leash. I go fishing down the beach sometimes and there are often dogs going for their morning run off the leash but never had any problems with them. Either you have control or you don't, but if you know you can't control your dogs and they have no recall then don't let them off the leash until you've trained them properly.

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    I think a lot of owners think effective control means the dog goes home with them at the end of the walk at the park. And it's ok for the dog to be far away doing its own thing for all the time in between arriving and leaving.

    I really wish our council would define effective control and actually come out and test it...

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