I should be able to walk my leashed dog anywhere I choose and not have to deal with other people's loose dogs. Particular dogs, particular breeds are not the issue. But, I am getting quite tired of dealing with loose dogs and lazy, irresponsible owners.
In a two week period, I had the following incidents in my neighborhood:
-A loose black lab puppy runs out while walking my lab mix. My dog snaps at the puppy when it runs up on us. The puppy retreated and the owner finally realized the puppy was no longer in the yard. The owner snatched it up and looked at me like I was the problem. Yes, one of my dogs is dog aggressive but I am not going to not walk my dog. Getting him out and continuing to work on his issues, in a controlled environment, is the only thing that keeps him from getting worse. Your loose dog running around is not a controlled environment.
|He's an angel...unless there's another dog around.|
-A Boston terrier and pug run through electric fence while running with one of my other dogs. The only reason the people have the electric fence (hello, people, need to keep good batteries in the collars for it to work) was after we complained (ok, perhaps slightly threatened) that they needed to keep their dogs in their yard. We've had multiple, repeat issues with these dogs and the people can never 'catch' them when they run out on us.
-A golden retriever type mix runs out of electric fence while running with Hannah. This dog was not dog friendly. This was the first time she came through the fence so I would consider this an accident (I'm guessing another low battery issue) but the owners were no where around. It could have turned very ugly if I had my aggressive dog instead of my passive one. Luckily, we were able to get away and she retreated.
A funny story about this one was I walked my beagle shorty after it occurred. I wasn't going to go near that house but I saw the dog still running around the neighborhood in the distance. I picked up Kasey (she has a bad leg and cannot walk fast or far) before the dog saw us. A guy was out in his yard and gave me the strangest look as I was power walking by carrying a 35 lb. beagle. The people in my neighborhood already think I'm nuts between all the running and dog walking so this was just icing on a cake.
|My lazy one|
-While doing a long run, two small terriers run out from a house a few miles into our run. They've run with me before but always turned around to head back home after no more than a mile. I thought they would do the same this time. Three miles later, both dogs were still with us and had an encounter with a loose husky somewhere in there. Surprisingly the husky seemed to stop coming towards them after I yelled. Six miles later one dog finally left us but the other was still going strong and we ended our loop on a fairly busy road. We arrived back at the house and officially had a new running partner. Instead of doing an alternate loop for the second half of our long run, we put a leash on this dog and were going to run him home and repeat the same loop. About 50 yards away from his house, the owners pulled up beside us in a vehicle and claimed the dog. The other arrived home safely but Rascal went for an eight mile run with us. I'm happy both arrived home safely but really wanted to ask why the owners were idiots who just let their dogs run loose when it was obvious that won't stay in their own yard?
|The structure in the background is called a fence. It allows the dogs to run around but still stay in the yard.|
The above all happened within 2 weeks. This happens all the time with all different dogs. What I often wonder is if people fail to realize that even if their own dog is friendly and can just run around the neighborhood loose and fancy free, not all others dogs are friendly. This is why there are leash laws. Maybe when they have to break up a dog fight or their own dog is seriously injured, they'll understand but probably not. It comes down to laziness and irresponsibility.
I'm fortunate that none of the incidents I've had resulted in major issues but also admit that one of my dogs has gotten in altercations with other dogs three times. They are not pleasant to witness or attempt to break up. I've also been bitten (none severe but enough to leave scars) three separate times by my own dog trying to avoid an altercation with another dog.
Beyond my own neighborhood, I've had dozens of dogs run out at me while doing long runs. I'm not easily intimated by dogs of any shape or size but these situations are increasingly frustrating when it all comes back to the owner, not the dog, who is the problem. Luckily, none of the incidents involved aggressive dogs but there were a few where I feel if a person was not familiar with how to act around a dog or seemed scared and intimated, they may have been bitten.
Dogs are dogs. If they see a person running or another dog, they are not going to stay in their yard, especially if no one is around to attempt to prevent it.
Why do so many dog owners seem to have a problem understanding this very simple concept?
Any dog horror stories?