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  • At all times while outside his own property, except in a leash free dog park

    28 42.42%
  • The dog should be either very well trained or on a leash

    5 7.58%
  • It depends on the dog and the locality

    23 34.85%
  • Dogs are happiest when they roam free!

    2 3.03%
  • I hate dogs, they're noisy, annoying, useless creatures

    2 3.03%
  • I hate leash Nazis, they are rigid, control freaks

    5 7.58%
  • Other, please explain

    1 1.52%
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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?



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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    If I had a dog, I would have the dog on a leash whenever we went out. But I expect to live in fairly populated areas with well-driven roads nearby, not out in the middle of nowhere, at least that's what's most likely for the next 15 years or so. Now if we had a fenced in yard, I would certainly allow the dog free rein back there as long as he wasn't digging up the yard or trying to get out.
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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    So the consensus is that we should take away Rev. Hellhound's talking privileges?
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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    It should be on a leash because any animal no matter how tame the owner claims it is, is a potential danger to people that the animal doesnt know.
    That's actually got a lot to do with how the dog was socialized when it was a puppy. My dogs were both constantly with us as puppies and around all kinds of people all the time. So much so that now I kinda think we might have messed up a little because neither of them has ever met a stranger. When out and about, both of them will just run up to a person and sit and look at them waiting to be pet.

    The difference is when we are at home. They are very quick to get aggressive when someone comes to the door. One of the reasons we gave up our loft to move to a house was because they would growl and get restless when people just walked by our door in the hallway. I'm really not sure what we did to cause that behavior but it is much better now that we live in a house without all the traffic walking past our door all the time.

    The only other "social" issue they have is that the little one cannot stand things with wheels like skateboards and bicycles. She is terrified of them. And a person in a wheelchair? Forget it. She's just confused and sets to howling.

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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    I put mine on a leash whenever we're out because he's a little runner and does not obey me well. We're working on that, though.

    As for a general rule... I think it's fine if dogs aren't on a leash if they're well behaved. But, since you can't reasonably expect people to only let their behaved dogs off leash, it kind of becomes necessary to make it a general rule to keep them on leash except in designated areas.

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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    If I had a dog, I would have the dog on a leash whenever we went out. But I expect to live in fairly populated areas with well-driven roads nearby, not out in the middle of nowhere, at least that's what's most likely for the next 15 years or so. Now if we had a fenced in yard, I would certainly allow the dog free rein back there as long as he wasn't digging up the yard or trying to get out.
    I don't live in a big city, but it's a city none the less. Complete with paved roads and too many Wal-Marts. I don't get the who hoopla about making dogs be on leashes. Here lots of people run around with their dogs free roaming, it's really not a problem. I know people have visions of dog maulings left and right, but it doesn't happen. The most that happens is that a dog walks up to someone and the owner calls the dog back. Hell, people take their dogs to the bars with them at night. Well the dog doesn't typically get to go inside the bar, but it can hang out on the patio and such for sure. Sometimes they're leashed, sometimes they're not.
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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    That's retarded right there. Completely excessive. A couple hundred bucks at most...at most. 1000 pounds? That's just stupid.
    Meh, It is an effective threat.
    Dogs are unpredictable and capable of doing damage.
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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    Where I live my Bank keeps dog biscuits for dogs. I brought them in yesterday, they were off the leash because I was on my bike. They know the drill, lay down, be good, get a cookie...

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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    I always keep my girlfriend on a leash in bed

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    Re: When should a dog be on a leash?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I don't live in a big city, but it's a city none the less. Complete with paved roads and too many Wal-Marts. I don't get the who hoopla about making dogs be on leashes. Here lots of people run around with their dogs free roaming, it's really not a problem. I know people have visions of dog maulings left and right, but it doesn't happen. The most that happens is that a dog walks up to someone and the owner calls the dog back. Hell, people take their dogs to the bars with them at night. Well the dog doesn't typically get to go inside the bar, but it can hang out on the patio and such for sure. Sometimes they're leashed, sometimes they're not.
    I would do it personally. I actually agree with your stance on it being the responsibility of the owner. I personally do not trust my ability to be able to keep a dog from running out into the street, especially since the dogs that my husband and I want would be a Rottweiler for him and/or some equally big dog for me. Neither of us care for small dogs. My main concern would be keeping the dog safe, then concern for controlling the dog if we happened to meet up with too many people, even if he/she was only trying to be friendly with the people.
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