When you see someone walking their dog without a leash, what do you do?
It depends - depends on where I'm at, depends on whether my dogs are with me, etc. I usually tell them there is a leash law as politely as possible. However in my town now it is legal for dogs to be off leash that are wearing shock collars - which totally makes no sense and is quite dangerous. My first concern is to protect my own dogs. I abide by the law and expect others to - for the safety of all.
I forget that all states do not have leash laws. And, what is the point of shock collars? Doesn't that hurt the animal? It seems so wrong. Aw, poor puppy! I feel so bad if they have that collar on them.
Wow so basically where you live pretty much promotes shock collars? That is terrible. I would love to see these owners have shock collars on.. and when they misbehave their spouse shocks them. I think it's nothing short of animal abuse.
My dog is always on a leash. He knows it too. If we get ready to go outside he stands by where his leash hangs and waits. He's a boxer. I've noticed quite a few people around here who walk their dogs wihtout a leash. I've also seen many just let their dog out, no fence, nothing! The dog just wonders around until they call it back in their house! Very sad, we have a four lane highway not far from here!
I don't think there's a lot you can do if there's not a leash law! I don't think telling someone their dog needs a leash will work. People tend to be stuck in their ways. It's sad but true! It's usually the animals that suffer for the stupidity of their owners!
I remind them of the leash laws. I saw this quite often in my last apartment community. Too often the lack of a leash will expose a lack of control when out in public and it usually results in animals approaching, chasing, and even attempting to bite passers by. Several times while walking to my apt I have had dogs come up to my grocery bags or chase me and I have exchanged words with owners because of this.
Once I told one repeat offender's owner that their dog almost got pepper sprayed, I never saw them after that. This dog chased everyone young and old and knocked a 10 year old down in the grass.
It's sheer laziness, a lack of consideration, and selfishness that people do this and it is not safe, good, or comfortable for passers by and is often a danger to the dog as well.
I cannot guarantee it is safe without a leash even if you say it is a trained dog. I do walk or run with my dog on secured places like my farm.
All dogs should be controlled. It is not just for the sake of the dog but for the community as well.
I have seen dogs with their owners eating foods thrown to them. That might not be good to them on dirty areas. I also witness dogs on street accidents. Dogs fighting with other dogs for food even with their owners.
Nothing - Most people seem to have their dogs on leashes but there must be some areas they can have a run , I would only ever say something if there was a problem or I had seen a dog catcher around.
I think people fail to realize that just because their dog is friendly that does not mean it should be kept off a leash, as the dogs it may happily run towards are not necessarily friendly themselves. My dogs HATE other dogs and I always keep them on a leash, always, especially because of this. However countless times a "well-behaved' dog unleashed will happily trot up to mine and disaster ensues. "Oh my dog would never hurt another dog"....well MINE WOULD. Unfortunately this is the case and there's nothing I can do about it except hope that people will stop assuming that they can control or anticipate the behavior of other people's animals because they can control that of their own.
I think in certain places it's ok to have your dog off leash, because it's healthy for dogs to run and play off leash sometimes. I don't think it's ok on the street or in a very busy area, but near my house we have a forest which is a designated dog area and you are allowed to bring your dogs there to run and play with other dogs while you walk. If your dog isn't friendly or if he can't be trusted off leash then you don't bring your dog there, or keep them on a leash. it's as simple as that.
I would try to just mind my own business and feel jealous that I don't have a dog. :-P Leash laws are around for the protection of everyone and it is annoying when people don't follow them..especially people with big dogs! That's a good question! :-)
It depends on the animal honestly. If the dog is behaving and not bothering anybody-I won't say or do anything because the animal isn't wreaking havoc.
by pgrundy8 years ago
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