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    After reading this, I feel very lucky to be where I am. A lot of people walk dogs here, but they are all on leads. I do worry about Kuro when we go walking as he is also a smaller dog.
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    see well i have a similar problem, i take my shep for a walk and shes a big dog and idiot little dog owners let their out of control fluff balls run upto her and growl and yap in her face. shes on a lead and if not i can call her off, but what good is that if the little dogs come up to us? i swear its going to end in tears on of these days because shes a rescue and has only just begun to be socialised and is not very secure..i reckon if one day she does grab one of the little dogs it will be my fault i bet you anything =Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rehpot View Post
    Hey my dog is a little west highland terrier that Ive had since she was 10 weeks old. She is a great dog and loves strangers and other dogs. She weighs about 5 kilo's. Now here is the problem that I've had recently on walks when walking at 6:30pm-8pm in the later afternoon.

    A lot of idiot ignorant oblivous dog owners with out of control dogs that are unleashed in dog parks running around everywhere being snappy and aggressive at every other person and dog that walks past. I've also come accross random dogs in the street, most of which have been aggressive to my westie and I've had to pick my westie up and carry her away while yelling like an idiot at a random dog.

    I've been threatend with a knife as well at one point. I live in Pascoe Vale, which is an old persons extremely safe suburb in Melbourne but it seems in the recent years these idiots are around. I have started taking my cricket bat on walks. I've noticed people tend to put their dog back on his/her leash when they see me with the bat.

    Is it illegal for me to take a cricket bat for my dogs protection? After the random knife threat family members have been telling me to carry a baseball bat/cricket bat and probably should be taking it anyway due to the recent increase in stupid dog owners.
    What are your thoughts and do you share any similiar experiences.
    Its not illegal but it can considered a dangerous article in Vic, if you carry something with the intention of being used as a weapon. Even a pen is a dangerous article if its intent is a weapon not a writing tool lol.
    Many walk with a walking stick for this reason.

    So carry a ball with your bat and dont tell a soul the reason you walk with a bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    see well i have a similar problem, i take my shep for a walk and shes a big dog and idiot little dog owners let their out of control fluff balls run upto her and growl and yap in her face. shes on a lead and if not i can call her off, but what good is that if the little dogs come up to us? i swear its going to end in tears on of these days because shes a rescue and has only just begun to be socialised and is not very secure..i reckon if one day she does grab one of the little dogs it will be my fault i bet you anything =Z
    I agree Laura, often I think people make the mistake of judging the severity of a dog's actions by it's size. I have small dogs come right up to my dog and growl and bark at him all the time. The owners usually laugh! Just because a dog is small doesn't mean it is not being aggressive. I get frustrated as I have invested so much time and energy into training and socialising my dog but if he so much as shows interest in sniffing a small dog I get absolute death stares from it's owner, despite the little dog barking and growling as if it wants to kill my dog!

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    The worst dog I ever knew was a chi and the owner used to laugh about it! Have you considered carrying a spray bottle with water in it? You always can say you have it to "cool me and the dog down"

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    I think a walking stick might be more convenient than a bat, and it has a convenient hook on the end to remove a dog with. But never tell anyone you plan to hit any person or dog with it.

    I think our dog laws say that you can use "reasonable force" to remove a dog that is threatening (trying to kill) your dog or you. I think my chances of dealing with a dog with a bat would be low, give me a hockey stick and I'd do better. But the easiest thing would be to shove the stick in the dog's mouth so it can't shut its jaw. And it will probably take the stick as a subsitute for small white fluffy dog.

    There are lots of little white fluffy dogs at both the ovals I like to walk at, and at the beach and for the most part they do ok. There is one boxer at one of the ovals that freaks owners out, and stands over and bullies little white fluffy dogs until they submit. But I've never seen it actually hurt the little dog. But the fluffy dog owners are not very forgiving. The boxer owner always puts it on lead if he sees a new white fluffy dog or one that has a sensitive owner. Most of the white fluffy dogs are fine with the boxer once they've sorted things out.

    On the other oval, after dark is when all the big nasty dogs come out. So that's when my dog goes back on lead and we go home. It's just too hard. Mostly if there is a nasty dog - various owners gang up on the dodgy owner and ask them to leave. One of our white fluffy dog (lapsoos?) owners is a policeman so when he asks people to leave, they leave.

    I've taken hockey stick or tennis raquet and tennis ball with me to walk dog. Hockey stick to hit tennis ball is difficult and is good for my ball skills on the hockey field - I still play. So I guess I'd have a "reasonable excuse".

    Rehpot
    Have you talked to the council about wandering dogs. I know in our council area (actually the whole of SA), no dog is allowed off lead except for designated off lead areas and your own back yard (or other private property where you have specific permission). They changed "effective control" to "physical restraint" after two little girls got mauled by rottweilers in the Parklands. I'm willing to bet dogs still get walked off lead there, but you can call the council dog ranger to come and get them and they're usually pretty quick.

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