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    Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    It seems that there are several councils in the UK which are banning dogs off the lead in ALL public places. I sincerely hope that this does not become national otherwise where on earth would we be able to let our dogs run free for a while? The seaside, with the lovely splashing waves across the gorgeous golden sand - where better for a dog to really extend itself ? The local park - ideal with lots of grass for your dog to run across and mixing with other playful dogs.

    I do know why this is happening. Some stupid people are allowing their animals to foul these areas. Well that is nature and difficult to prevent, so the owner should clean these messes up, either taking it home or leaving it in a designated dog 'poo' bin that may be supplied in the park or at the entrance to the beach. For pities sake it is a simple enough task, but if you don't want to do the cleaning up then don't have a dog !

    Also, some dogs can be anti-social with other dogs or with other people. These dogs should be muzzled when they are taken out of their home environment. My son saw a greyhound (retired racing greyhounds make wonderful family pets) as he was walking through a park area. This greyhound was off the lead and raced across the grass and grabbed at a small white terrier. The owner of the terrier grabbed her little dog while the greyhound owner rushed up to pull their dog away from the little terrier. Fortunately there were no injuries except the little terrier was trembling with utter terror. My son went up to the greyhound owner, a woman, and said she should put a muzzle on her dog whilst it is out of the home. This woman was taken aback at this and said that her dog was so gentle and a wonderful family pet. My son asked her if it was a retired racing greyhound and she said it was. He then pointed out that the greyhound had been trained to chase after a smallish fluffy white animal that resembled a hare or rabbit - roughly the size and colour of the little terrier that it had chased after and grabbed at ! "Oh my God ! You are quite right, I never thought !"
    She said she would go straight away to her vet and purchase a proper greyhound muzzle.

    People who are thoughtless about these things are causing the restrictions to be adopted. Soon, it seems, our pet dogs will not be able to run free anywhere and that will be such a shame and very sad for the dog. We have a dog, called Jessica, which we adopted from the RSPCA dog shelter. She is a wonderful dog, good looking, very intelligent and very quick to learn. We adopted Jessie in June 2012 when she was 2 years old. She loves to run free in a local field, and she runs like the wind ! She comes back to heel as soon as she is called, regardless of whether there are other dogs around or not, so we are confident that she will be no trouble. If we see any other dogs that are on a lead, we immediately put Jessica on her lead because we know that a dog on the lead can be very anti with a dog that is running free.

    Yes I sincerely hope this ruling isn't adopted nationally. I don't know how others feel about it

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    I see no reason why any dog should ever be legally permitted on any public land at all, leashed or unleashed, and I include public streets as well as commons, parks and beaches above the high water mark. Whether their feces are picked up by their owners or not, they still leave an unhealthy residue. Were their fouling place a slice of bread, Gill, I take it you'd not make a sandwich from it after picking off a dogturd.

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    I'd quite happilly keep my dogs leashed at all times In public providing the same rule applied to doggers who foul our public area's.

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    Seriously, I actually see both sides.

    I think In built up area's we could looke to America for Inspiration, There they have designated fenced off ' safe area's for dogs to be exercised off the leash.
    If our councils Invested In this, much of the problems would be saved. It could be an area where only dog walkers walk dogs with the dog park being maintained by volunteers. Likewise, dog owners don't have the worry of Inept parents letting their kids wind up someone's dog.

    Put If we are to come fown hard on dog owners then at least come down hard on Doggers having sex In public places, people who spit In public and even those revolting parents I've seen who discard dirty nappies In public places.

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    There are some municipalities taken to DNA testing of dog poop to
    trace it to one particular dog and an owner who didn't clean up.

    My girl is leashed all the time when out unless she goes to Paradise
    Pet Resort, where it's fenced and specifically a place for dogs. Whether
    or not you clean up after, unleashed dogs can be hazards to themselves
    and others. No animal is 100% 100% of the time, I don't care the level
    of training, so why take the chance?
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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    I hope it doesn't become general. I always call my dogs and put them on leads if I see kids and stop them chasing bikers and runners - if only they would give warning they are there before haring past from behind you,

    There is a problem with anti social dog-owners and not a few that don't bother to train their dogs or take steps to find out about their pets and can't actually tell when two dogs are playing rather than fighting and a tendency with some to assume a dog off the lead is not under control. I'm sure any dog owner will have anecdotes

    There needs to be some way of tackling the problem I don't think this is it really. Maybe a ban in some parks or ban dogs from areas where there are more likely to be kids playing. There are already laws in place to fine people who let their dogs foul maybe an active campaign to catch them. I too hate standing on dog ****, especially if it;s on a path you just know that someone with a dog on a lead has stood and watched it happen.

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    Incontinent humans, old or young, wear nappies (or, excuse my ghastly Americanism, "adult diapers"). Does such a system exist for dogs? I'd be quite happy to have dogs in public places if they were equipped that way.

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    My arguement Is this...

    In the UK we have 12 million children. Councils create safe area's In which toddlers and children have designated area's where those children can play safely. It Is a fore-gone conclusion that with that amount of children, In built up area's they need somewhere safe to play where no-one In their right min takes an aggressive dog. Job done.

    In some parts of the country, there are even Dogging sites where consenting adults can have sex with strangers where no-one who doesn't want to see It, takes their dogs for a walk or takes their children.

    Yet, In this country, according to 2011 stats, the UK has 10.5 million dogs with 39& of households having a dog.

    So while we cater for others, we do not cater for 39% of the population.

    Those who think we should not cater for dog walkers are the selfish gits who want their own passtimes and offspring catered for but don't wish to see council's fund safe area's for dogs.

    Dog owners can also be selfish though. I know many that won't walk 5 yeards to exercise their dogs when I'll walk a mile to an area where I can safely let mine off the leash or drive 5 miles. People want to walk their dogs on their own doorsteps and the only way to combat this Is to Invest In dog walking parks.

    What we have Is 39 percent of the population uncatered for. The remaining 61 percent then tut, whine and winge at dogs being walked In public and all the problems that go with It whilst doing nothing to compromise,

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    Re: Will our dogs have to be exercised on the lead ALL the time ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Týr View Post
    I see no reason why any dog should ever be legally permitted on any public land at all, leashed or unleashed, and I include public streets as well as commons, parks and beaches above the high water mark. Whether their feces are picked up by their owners or not, they still leave an unhealthy residue. Were their fouling place a slice of bread, Gill, I take it you'd not make a sandwich from it after picking off a dogturd.

    It really depends on what you could detect that the dog had eaten. It's possible I suppose, that I may find a dogturd had left behind traces of chicken breast or similar that had been in the faeces. In which case I might find that quite appetising. Better still if there are a few flies walking on it - more protein !
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