Woops, appear to of done this wrong then. I always had mine off lead in off leash areas. He has always come back so far. (there is still time mind you) In any situation, in any distraction. Its a novelty having a dog do this. Ive never had one before?
Stereotyping is a dangerous belief system.
Ive not met a nasty SBT yet.
I have allowed Ralph to be off lead the last few years living in Newcastle at Dog Park (when we lived near one at Islington) and also at the dog beach. Even though he is a SBT, we only ever had a problem with one person and that was because he came running through the dog area and Ralph thought he was wanting to play so he ran a little way with him. The bloke turned around and abused us. I think though he would have abused the owners of any breed. We found most people in the dog park and at the dog beach just wanted to pat Ralph! Prior to this living in country Queensland we did not let him off lead.
Mine are only ever allowed off lead in fenced areas.
We have 2 dog parks here that are completely fenced so we make regular trips there for a free run.
I wouldn't trust them not to take off if they saw another dog or a bird or something that looked fun to chase.
My puppy is a 4 month old golden retriever and we have let him off the lead at the park or at the beach ever since he had his vaccinations and was allowed in public. He LOVES running up to other dogs and having a play, isn't that what socialising and friendly dog behaviour is all about? He always comes back to us when we call, but we're happy to let him have a good run around. I think dogs should definitely be allowed off their lead at parks, if people don't want dogs to come up to them or their dog then maybe they should just walk their dog around the streets?
I saw a couple walking straight through a park with dogs playing, and our puppy ran up to them to say hello and they completely freaked out and the guy gave us an evil eye. Firstly, a golden retriever puppy is about as harmless as a fly and secondly, if you don't like dogs - don't walk at a park where they're all playing!
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