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Dogs on or off lead.

Discussion in 'Pets' started by CantSitStill, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. maineah

    maineah Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of people that are afraid of or just plain don't like dogs it is the owners job to respect that. I have 2 Great Danes and 80 acres of land they run free and people that come to visit have to deal with that after all it is their home. I have no fear of them causing harm. That being said beyond that it is my responsibility to control them in whatever means it takes once we encroach in others space. It is all about respect for others and dogs know nothing about that.
     
  2. because_minitruck

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    my Jack-Russel Terrier, Benni, thinks she's hot shit, that the block belongs to her, and she does not hesitate to show it. she's challenged every single dog in my 'hood, big and small dont matter to her (and any other animal, small child, anything with wheels other than cars/trucks, adults jogging, bouncing a ball, etc)

    needless to say "B-Tard", as i nicknamed her, is on a lead w/ a harness in public. she's the smartest dog i've ever owned easily, but instinct has nothing to do with intelligence...
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    Benni in her tattered flannel, my lil punk rock pup never backs down from a fight, thats why im a responcible owner and use a lead
     
  3. nomad_archer

    nomad_archer Well-Known Member

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    I think its been covered here already but my dogs are on a lead when we go for a walk or somewhere in public. But in the backyard they are off the lead but I also use e-collars with them and have used them on occasion to teach them when I so No it mean it. I havnt actually pushed the button on he remote for a long long time but its a good reminder for them. I have a moderate sized back yard and the neighbors dont mind if the dogs wander into their yards just the same as I dont mind if there dogs wander through my yard.
     
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    I think that it depends on the situation. I have my 15 month old GSP e collar trained so well, that we only go for off lead walks now, but I remain in control with the collar (though I rarely have to use it). To those that argue that I can't control the other dogs, that is true, but I know my dog, and can anticipate the presence of another dog, and call my dog back to me before a situation arises to grab his collar for ultimate control if necessary. Usually I just have him heel, sit and stay while we watch the other dog and owner walk by while the other dog is frantically pulling, barking, etc. and it's owner is making excuses like "he just doesn't like other dogs" when really they just aren't socialized or trained correctly. His daily off lead walks are part of his hunting training. I need him to trust me, and listen to every command, including "woah", which if I'm paying attention , will keep him out of harms way.
     
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    I agree with this. My dog is better off leash than on. Fenced in bike path with walkway or closed in area where I can see if anyone else is coming, I let her off. We've had a better response to commands/training when she is off leash but if I ever suspect a situation where she could get into a precarious situation she goes on leash or waits by my side until its ok to run around again.

    But I do agree that anything that happens to her is my responsibility. She is a rescue and she loves to run around when she gets the chance. It is a risk I am willing to take when I feel the situation is safe.
     
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    Same here except for walks, we go to the dog park to train lots of distractions she has to Lear to ignore. She's so smart though it doesn't take her long to figure it out.
     
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    This.
     
  8. Toyotacrawler

    Toyotacrawler She's got the jimmy legs

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    Our GSD is on leash if we are in public at all times. The only time he's off leash is at the Dog Park and on our property. The 2 acres of property that we own is his territory that he makes sure is secure....that's his job after all.
     
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    My lab holds his own leash and my pointers leash. Walks right beside me. :) that's only when I'm around my house. I live in down town Denver. When I'm hiking or back country skiing my lab does his own thing. Just runs next to me.
     
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    We have a rescued Husky / GS / Coyote mix. When she was a pup she was great off leash, would come back every time we called. Then she got attacked by a Shiba Inu and turned into a wuss. When she gets scared of something she starts running and just won't stop so we always have a leash on her if were not in the back yard. The last time she got loose it took over an hour for her to tire out before we could catch her. Turns out I get tired way before she does. :(
     
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    Thats a shame and is something the should never happen. Then again i bet the shiba ran the house as well. Most people should never own a shiba especially if they dont have experience with stubborn dogs. I should know I have one but I am the boss and she listens. But it took awhile to convince her of that. They are great dogs but people dont realize they are cute but also hunting dogs.
     
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    My penny is incredible, she can be chasing ducks through a field, and if I yell, she stops and comes right back, it's rare that she is on a leash.
     
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    I'm just sick of all these people that live in my town where they tie up their dogs outside even when it gets -10 degrees out and never even play with them. Just a couple weeks ago we lost 3 puppies in a structure fire cause they kept them locked up in a kennel outside next to the house, they had no chance to escape.:mad:
     
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    You're right, we now know the owners a little better now because they live near us and the shiba does run the house. As usual it not the dog or the breed it's the owner.
     
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    Your are correct on that. But most people dont do their homework about the breed before they buy one and dont give the dog the time it deserves.
     
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    I would venture that most owners do not realize the effort it takes to care for a dog. Any dog.

    You don't just keep it outside with food and water.
     
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    True but I lived next door to a lady that had this huge black fluffy cat. Once a week he'd be I. The street walking home with a bird, squirrel, or chipmunk after a hunt. One day no shit I was outside and he tried to take down a wild turkey! You didn't mess with Zoro. But yeah no matter how well trained keep em inside and on a leash. We woke up to a dog crying one night. He fell in our pool. Poor guy was exhausted.
     
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    I don't mind off leash dogs. Pretty common around here and not a big deal with proper training. There was a town I lived in that enforced a law stating pets must be on a leash in town so the old man hooked a leash to his lab and let it carry it around like so.
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    My parents dogs have only been leashed to take into the vet otherwise they just have an e collar. You only have to make the gesture of pushing a button or letting it make a warning beep and they will be right back at your feet.
     
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    Nice, I have my pointer and lab e collar trained. I haven't needed an actual leash for a year now. I did it for hunting I just kept up with the training for everything else.
     
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    My beagle is always on a leash in public and in my yard. But never on a leash when out in the country. She is e-collar trained and I can call her back to me at anytime by sending a tone/beep to her collar. She knows what comes next if she ignores the tone, so I don't really ever have to shock her. Most of the time she comes right in to the call of my voice.

    I even let my beagle run around off leash at night while we're primitive camping in a completely new area for the first time, and have no trouble recalling her or seeing where she is at in relation to us on my gps monitor. Don't know what I would do without my Garmin; It's great for piece of mind and being able to see exactly where the dog is at or how close to the nearest road at any time. I'd probably be to afraid to leave her run off leash in over half the situations I do without it.
     
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