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    Ohhhh.
    I get it now. No, I wouldn't blame anyone unless THEY were getting in my DOG'S space. I tell you to not touch her... DONT TOUCH HER!

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    Exactly. Two way street.

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    Masha just remember.... there's a lot of irresponsible people who walk their dogs off lead without being able to control them properly, and there's a lot of people who leave their gates open or have dogs that are good at escaping. Just because you might get Dora to walk nicely beside you off lead doesn't mean some other dog won't come rushing up to you one day and chase her out into traffic or attack her before you can stop it or something might frighten her and cause her to run off. Maybe save the off lead stuff for the dog park.

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    Masha, right now you are just beginning to learn yourself how to teach Dora to even walk ON a leash.

    Until your dog is able to obey your command at 'recall' every single time, no matter the distraction, do not ever let her off the leash.

    That is your responsibility, morally and legally, no matter which area you live in.
    Unless you are walking in a designated 'off leash' area that is council signed for this purpose, you ARE in the wrong. Look at how many morons can't even control their dogs in lgally assigned off-leash areas.

    No offence my girl, but God are you asking for a tragedy down the track. I'm sorry, but it needs to be said.
    Had your dog been attacked, had your dog been hit by a tractor, car whatever, had your dog spooked a horse and rider, you are up **** creek, NOT them.
    Hope you understand the seriousness of this issue. It is an issue that responsible dog-owners world wide are trying to better.

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    We got to the oval, which is maybe half a kilometre away, and I let her off the leash. Me and Dad wandered ahead while she followed a few steps behind.
    It was dark, so we couldnt see her very well. One second she was behind us, the next, gone.


    Reasons not to walk your dog off lead in the dark
    1. you can't see when it craps to pick it up.
    2. it may or may not be able to see you and may get lost and panic.
    3. you can't see what your dog is doing - which may or may not be good.

    Reasons not to let your dog walk behind you
    1. it will crap when you're not looking and you won't know to pick it up.
    2. it may nick off and you won't know where it went.

    I hate walking my dog in the dark because there are always dog craps left by irresponsible people and they're hard to see. And it's also when the more badly behaved dogs and owners come out - and the owners don't care what their dogs are doing, and it's much harder to see who belongs to what dog or if an aggressive dog is headed your way.

    You can get for your dog - lights for the collar or glow sticks so you can see where it is but if it won't stay reasonably close to you and you're not going to watch it EVERY SECOND - then keep it on lead.

    You can practice "come" on lead. Let puppy run to the end of the lead, wave your arms, call her and back away so she chases you and when she arrives make her sit and give her a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post


    Reasons not to walk your dog off lead in the dark
    1. you can't see when it craps to pick it up.
    2. it may or may not be able to see you and may get lost and panic.
    3. you can't see what your dog is doing - which may or may not be good.

    Reasons not to let your dog walk behind you
    1. it will crap when you're not looking and you won't know to pick it up.
    2. it may nick off and you won't know where it went.

    I hate walking my dog in the dark because there are always dog craps left by irresponsible people and they're hard to see. And it's also when the more badly behaved dogs and owners come out - and the owners don't care what their dogs are doing, and it's much harder to see who belongs to what dog or if an aggressive dog is headed your way.

    You can get for your dog - lights for the collar or glow sticks so you can see where it is but if it won't stay reasonably close to you and you're not going to watch it EVERY SECOND - then keep it on lead.

    You can practice "come" on lead. Let puppy run to the end of the lead, wave your arms, call her and back away so she chases you and when she arrives make her sit and give her a treat.
    Yep, learned my lesson alright.
    I let her out in the drive just now (while it was day light, obvs) with her leash on, but I wasn't holding it. I just want her to explore the outside of the house so she isnt scared to go away from it on her walks.
    At first she wouldnt leave the door step. But then, step by step, she walked towards me (I was sitting somewhere in the middle of it) and finally she reached me.
    I smiled at her but otherwise tried to ignore her, trying to let her know that it's alright. She seemed to respond well because she started walking along the plants, leaves, etc.
    She didn't get to the very end (only halfway) but this is a step forward.
    Those little light collars seem really good. I might get one for her in a few months, once she's gotten the hang of 'come'.

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    love the photo its funny and i do not let my dog off not in a live time

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    and wait there's more.

    Masha

    Only a few people on each street in my neighbourhood own dogs so she wont run off.
    Dogs run off for lots of reasons - doesn't always have to do with where the other dogs are. Many like chasing cats or snakes or small birds. Some will go off after a trail of another dog - though the dog may be long gone. Some will go off after the trail of some garbage which may or may not be there. Some will seek out rat bait or snail bait in an unfenced yard. Some will clear off if they're surprised by a loud bang like a car back firing. And there are infinitely more reasons. Even dogs in obedience competitions sometimes run off. Those ones are usually pretty quick to come back.

    The NSW companion animals act (dog and cat law) might be clear as mud to a non-lawyer but the brochures are clear.

    Dog must be on lead unless it is a designated off lead area and council footpaths and roads would all be "on lead".

    http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/DLG/DLGHom...-_Brochure.pdf

    Your council has designated off lead areas. So all other public areas would be "on lead"
    http://www.sutherland.nsw.gov.au/ssc...F?OpenDocument

    "under control" means stays close to the owner and comes when called. And a competent person might be a sober person over 18 but you'd have to check that.

    If your council has designated off lead areas - then your dog has to be "on lead" in all other public places. And if your dog won't come when it's called - it has to be on lead in the "off lead" places too.

    And when it comes to the law saying "I didn't know" won't get you off unless the law enforcement guy feels sorry for you. That's what "ignorance is no excuse" means.

    Masha wrote
    Yep. Where I live, unless theres a sign we can have dogs off lead.
    This isn't true. I'm sorry if I gave you that impression. What I was hoping you would do is ring your council and check. And just because nobody else follows the rule - doesn't mean the council won't fine you or take your dog away if something goes wrong. There are NSW wide rules which say dog must be on lead on footpaths and etc. You do need to be a lawyer to figure it out but a simple email to your council should clear it up too.

    but I would get her away form anyone if she IS scared sh!tless.
    hard to do that if you don't know where she is or she is far away from you

    And I suspect "river beach" is not a designated dog off lead area either so if something bad happens - you will get blamed and fined. It's not fair but that's how it is. And it's also the reason I keep making comments about I wish the same rules applied to children as dogs. It is also unfair that the law only seems to be applied when something goes wrong.

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    Excellent post Hyacinth.

    Unless there is a sign stating 'dogs off-leash allowed' Masha, it doesn't matter where you are.

    Unless of course you are on acreage or something and own that property?

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