In reference to my posts and vent, please see threads. it has occurred to me that there is some contrast in thoughts with regard to the behaviour our leashed dogs should or should not be entitled to display. I stand behind the viewpoint- that no leashed dog should be under total control when in a compromising situation. Where does the onus lay? I would have assumed the onus of control, reside with the unleashed, free to cause havoc at times being offleash dogs, to the off leash dog owner. In saying so, there is no objection from me regarding those who enjoy the offleash all together doggy/human experience that many offleash doggie parks make provision for- where one makes the decision to be consciously part of.
It appears there are some very differing viewpoints concerning this debate. I am of the view that leashed dogs under our control, should not be bombproof. I, for one would never expect, nor ever have prided myself with the false sense of confidence that, regardless of training regimes and prompt responses to commands-that my dogs are not infalliable and are indeed liable to error. Many a story has demonstrated the bond between man and dog where dogs have broken command to defend themselves and their people. Young boy mauled by Rottweiler | Fraser Coast News | Local News in Fraser Coast | Fraser Coast Chronicle This story very close to our hearts reinforces my stand. Where is the line drawn and be it that a dog breaks command, should we be rigid, inflexible in the right to retain our dominion over our loyal friends, or perhaps adopt the concept that we as individuals with all of our faults and error, expect the opposite in our devoted dogs. Interesting, I feel and even police dogs are not exempt from breaking command on occasion, however usually for a better outcome. I support the trust relationship between our friends and ourselves and in saying so, acknowledge readily that all good relationships should be built on trust.
The bond between man and dog goes back a long way and I feel that we are the ones that can learn and continue to learn about our dogs and about ourselves through our dogs. This link is one of the most touching stories I have ever read, reflecting the wonder of animals from the Christchurch Earthquake N.Zealand. Alis Volat Propriis: A happy story from the NZ earthquake