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    Took Nero and Polly for a walk tonight at an oval where its dogs off leash's. Now Nero is around the 65 kg mark, Polly 56kg and although Nero socialises well at school he is still a puppy and gets somewhat excitied when dogs confront him at high speed. Polly is no problem whatsoever.
    I always stay clear of other dogs to avoid any confrontations however my frustration is when others dont control thier dogs and just let them run 200mt's away from them (where they clearly have no control over them) charging towards myself and my dogs.]
    This happened tonight, guy some 200mts plus away whilst his dog is heading at us. Nero bieng confronted took off after this dog and for a short time would not respond to my command. I couldnt tell by the body language which way this was going however Nero finally responded and returned to me.
    I suppose it could be said that my dog was not under my control at the time and yes i would agree however, arent i entitled to have my space???

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    Was Nero on leash?

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    No we were in an off the leash park. I was earlier maintaining distance from another couple with three dogs as they were me, however they left and this other dog came from nowhere. It took me sometime to even see that there was a person with it.
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    I understand your frustration, but if you don't enjoy taking your dogs there, why go?

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    It doesnt say anywhere in my post that i dont enjoy going there does it? I ask the question arent i entitled to have some free space. Arent others required to keep there dog under some control?

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    You said aren't you entitled to some free space, I assumed that was a rhetorical question because clearly you do.

    Also, as frustrating as it is, there's no real way to make someone else control their dog. My advice is two options.
    A.) Suck it up, come on here and vent, and have a laugh with all the lovely members!

    B.) Find somewhere different to allow your dogs to run in.

    Hope that helps.

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    Hi Peter,

    Yes I can see how frustrating that would be. I know Anomad had a similar happening a ehile ago which he posted here about, although his dogs were on leash at the time, and the other one wasn't etc etc...

    It is frustrating when you keep your dogs near you and others just give free rein, so to speak.

    Did you say anything to the dog's owner? Talk to him/her? Or did you guage that it may not have been worth it?

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    I understand your frustration, however a lot of people do take their dogs to off leash parks to give them freedom to run around where ever they want to go. I'm not saying this is right, I'm just saying that a lot of people seem to have this mantra. \

    I take my dog to an off leash park and while he doesn't stray more than about 10 meters from me, I am not usually concerned about him approaching other dogs. It is my assumption that other dogs should not be there if they are not confident about strange dogs approaching them, as I expect people to have faith in my dog being well socialised and posing no threat to them or their dog.

    If your dogs don't do confrontation very well, perhaps take them at a time when not many people use the park eg. very early morning or late at night?

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    I find fenced off leash places are for people who have naughty run away dogs. Or for people who don't want to pay 100% attention to their dogs.

    I find off leash places that aren't completely fenced, eg beach or cricket ovals require much better behaved owners and dogs. Owners with run away dogs that approach other dogs uninvited soon learn not to bring their dogs to these places.

    However most dog owners (me included) think that other dog owners with aggressive dogs will not allow them to run anywhere public off lead and unmuzzled. I try to make sure my dog does not approach new dogs without first checking for "friendly dog" but it's not always possible. And no, I'm not sure you're entitled to a huge dog free zone around you and your dogs. The off lead properly fenced parks around here are too small for that. I've never seen one big enough to allow each dog walker their own zone of freedom from other dogs. In fact I've not seen any that would give a dog 200 meters of running space either.

    My dog will run clear across the footy oval without me, but she will also come back close to me if I call (and run away). A pity I can't then actually put the lead on most times, but it's usually effective enough with nervous or aggressive dogs or owners.

    My main worry about being at the completely fenced dog off lead parks is that some dog will attack mine and the owner will not be paying attention or able to do anything about it and why did they bring that kind of dog to a dog park anyway. I also find it hard to deal with owners who get freaked out by dogs playing with each other.

    My dog matches the other dog for roughness. She's gentle with small dogs or decrepit dogs, and rougher with farm dogs that are equally rough with her. Sometimes there's barking and growling and sometimes there isn't. I figure as long as there are no dogs screaming it should be all good, but the owners freak out. And that's really sad when both dogs still want to play.

    So I very rarely go to the enclosed off lead dog parks. It's too hard to get my dog back on lead quick enough to avoid problems, and there's not enough room to run her away from them either.

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    I am not a huge fan of off leash areas for this reason and also because mine are not fabulous at recall.

    Unfortunately, you can control your actions but not those around you. I have heard some horror stories about off leash parks. If these people are regualrs, maybe avoid going at the time they are normally there?
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