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    I have a farm dog bitsa. There is no way I could give her anything like enough exercise on lead. Today at football oval - not quite fenced - which is how I like it - only dogs with good recall can safely be off lead there - she was thoroughly exercised by another farm dog bitsa friend in a way I never could achieve.

    So that's why I like off lead areas. Our beaches are great places too. But during daylight savings - only allowed off lead before 10am and after 8pm - which is fine by me - except the after 8pm being dark and only one hour of car park before it turns into a no parking (camping) zone.

    If your council staff won't do anything, ask for an explanation from your local council elected rep and the council CEO. Just because a dog is small - doesn't mean it's harmless or exempt from the dog laws.

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    We had a doberman x for 16 years, and I have to say that if Flitt was at all aggressive or wanted to attack, that dog would be dead. Sounds like she was just saying, 'Hey! leave me alone!'

    I really can't stand self righteous dog owners who don't train, then complain when their perfect little angles do something like this and get hurt.


    From what I know of my council reporting it won't get much done I'd give it a go anyway, though. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I have a farm dog bitsa. There is no way I could give her anything like enough exercise on lead. Today at football oval - not quite fenced - which is how I like it - only dogs with good recall can safely be off lead there - she was thoroughly exercised by another farm dog bitsa friend in a way I never could achieve.

    So that's why I like off lead areas.
    Here's the thing; I agree entirely that one cannot exercise a dog enough with on lead only (unless it's a wee thing). That's why I use my local (fenced) footy oval. And why I exempted off lead areas ect, so we're agreed there. What I question is whether there is any good reason to think a dogs' walk is improved by not having a lead on versus the potential risks. Just tonight I watched my neighbors generally compliant and well trained BC simply take off out of the yard, down the street, across a busy road (eeek!) and off into the yonder. We spent two hours catching him. This is a dog with usually lovely recall. But I digress.... Sorry!

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    There is nothing like seeing / giving a dog a good off lead run. If you can do it in a safe and controlled way then that's all well and good. The public off leash parks (out my way in suburbia) are full of "self righteous dog owners who don't train" and stand around chatting not watching their dogs. It only takes one dog to set things off. I have rarely seen 110% recall when there are lots of dogs around.
    As for people walking around the streets with their dogs off lead p-----me off, especially the ones beating their chests.
    I am over people saying my dog is friendly or being rushed at by other dogs. So I guess it depends on your environment, you and your dog.

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    Lady will come when called 100% of the time. No joke. I have never ever called her and she hasn't come. There could be 40 dogs around, and as soon as she hears her name, its honestly a reaction she doesn't even think about, she just does it.
    Roly on the other hand is either a complete fool or to smart for his own good. He'll come about 70% of the time.
    Lady comes everywhere with me, sometimes I don't even have a lead. When there are other people coming, both dogs are heeling. If their dog is running around loose, I say 'go on' and the dogs are released. I never let them approach anyone without my say so.

    I agree with Hyac. There is no way either of my dogs would be ALMOST tired if they were on a lead. I could walk for 5 hours with them on the lead, and Lady might be panting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post

    I agree with Hyac. There is no way either of my dogs would be ALMOST tired if they were on a lead. I could walk for 5 hours with them on the lead, and Lady might be panting.
    Skip is the same.. Walk her on the lead she doesn't get tired but walk her off the lead for 2kms and she might get tired. Skip recall isn't that great at the moment but she is learning. She is only 5 months old. In the sheep yards she has got great recall cos she is working. Also she is learning that not every dog is friendly.

    Now I don't walk Boss off the lead that often due to I know he isn't friendly
    to another dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    We had a doberman x for 16 years, and I have to say that if Flitt was at all aggressive or wanted to attack, that dog would be dead. Sounds like she was just saying, 'Hey! leave me alone!'


    I needed to have a giggle. You're SOOOOOOOOOO right. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    Skip is the same.. Walk her on the lead she doesn't get tired but walk her off the lead for 2kms and she might get tired.
    We don't have off leash areas in my town at all, thus why I use the footy oval when it's not being used. But even there people are rude and just wander in with their dogs even though I tie string around the gates to warn them something's going on.

    I was reading, however, that the very act of slowing their pace to match a human's is more mentally tiring to a dog than free range of movement. But that's mentally tiring, not physically tiring... And I'll be the first to admit that I walk mine twice per day, run them every second day, swim them (at a dog rehab centre pool thingy) once per week and run them on the treadmill on the days they dont run at the park... so I get the value of exercise. Maybe it's because they are not as trained as I'd like (ie bomb proof and perfect- unattainable??!!) and so I just don't feel I could let go the reins and let go of absolute control, so to speak.

    I know I'm probably preaching to the converted here. I guess I just get really cranky with the number of people who don't do even close to the right thing.

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    No off lead areas in my town too. Lucky are we across from our house we have a bush land where another ppl walk their dog off lead too. Like the another day someone was riding their horse around it. I was going to take the dogs for a walk but I know boss doesn't like horses and skip only seen horse a couple of times..
    I usasally walked them during the day when noone is there but I can't know cos of summer coming and snakes are out.
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    Certainly report this first, otherwise it could be your word against hers, it is most important to get in first

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