We have leash laws almost everywhere in the country.
Will your dog stay with you if a rabbit runs by or if I am walking by with my dogs? If not, he needs to be on a leash. I HATE it when strange dogs come up to my dogs when we are out walking, you have no idea if my dogs are friendly, and one is NOT. I carry pepper spray and will spray any dog who does not back off, it is my responsibility to protect MY dogs.
If your unleashed dog gets into a fight (even if he was not the aggresser) with a leashed dog, you will be legally responsible for any Vet bills. And if the other dogs owner should get her hand into the fight to break it up and get bit, they wil probably put your dog down.
I have been teaching obedience classes for 25 years, and have gotten many titles, but my dogs are still all ONLEAD! Yours should be too!
Ginger – “And to MJ, you ought to know that there are other ways to protect yourself and your dogs without the use of pepper spray.”
It is not my responsibility to worry about someone elses out of control, aggressive dog. I will defend my own by any means neccessary. Charging dogs have always backed down from me, but if they won’t, I am prepared. LOL! What SHOULD I do, drop the charging dog???
Ginger – “And if you have all those titles, I assume in obedience, then why wouldn’t you trust your dogs off-leash?”
I do trust some of MINE, when we are working, but I CERTAINLY don’t trust some nasty dog on the street. If some dog attacks my dogs on the street and mine are onlead, at least I have some control of the situation.
I believe that onlead means onlead, why would it be ok for some to allow their dogs to be loose, and not for others. If some are allowed you will have everyone who thinks they have voice control allowing their dogs offlead.
What is the likelyhood that someone on here has a dog that is at the level yours is, or is even at a CD or CDX level? I see owners that think their dogs are under voice control DAILY on our walks, they are usually screaming frantically as their dog charges us.
BTW – not everyone has an easy breed like Goldens either.
Ginger – “if you know about AKC Obedience, that means we do the heel in competition, which the dog walks right beside me no matter the distraction, stops and goes when I do.
Just thought you would like to know.”
LOL! Ya, thanks for the info.