Monday, May 13, 2013

PEDs Walk: Off-Leash Dogs

Yesterday was out second walk for Pack of Erie Dogs.  Although it was chilly and blustery, we still had a great turn out!


Another dog-in-progress joined us, Wynston!  And he did awesome.  I am so happy he and his owner came out with us yesterday!


Last week, we passed a yard with a loose dog and his owners.  I approached them and let them know that several dogs would be passing and asked if they could secure their dogs.  I then went to walk by our reactive dogs to intercept if needed.  When we passed, they had not secured their dog in any way.  Luckily, our dog owners are awesome and made sure to keep their dogs' attention.


This week, we came across a few other off-leash dogs while we were taking our water break.  Needless to say, we cut it short and got back on the road.


We're so glad our new folks joined us yesterday and are looking forward to next week!


Do you have any tips for dealing with off-leash dogs and their owners?

8 comments:

  1. my neighborhood is full of dogs off leash! It drives me nuts at least twice a week there is a stray dog in my yard. and when I walk my dogs there is usually a dog or two off leash with no owners in sight and the dogs come after mine. Because i own two pittbulls if a dog fight was to happen (because of these irresponsible pet owners) I could lose my dogs that are always on leash

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    1. Yes! We've only encountered a couple off-leash dogs when we walk around our neighborhood. And that thought is absolutely in the forefront of my mind - whose fault will it be?

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  2. It sounds like you handled everything really well. Usually when we encounter the off leash dogs my main focus is to get away.

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    1. That was our focus! We just calmly gathered ourselves and kept walking! So stressful though - since we have a few reactives!

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  3. Off leash dogs are a problem off and on in my neighborhood. And, their owners just don't seem to get that it's an issue.

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    1. They don't! They are the people from Notes from a Dog Walker blog (which I LOVE) "My Dog Is Friendly!" -- but mine may not be!

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  4. Maybe the dog was in a yard with an invisible fence... I hope. I always have my eye out for off-leash dogs because my chi is defenseless when the bigger guys swoop in. Luckily, I rarely see loose dogs in my neighborhood and when I do it's easy for me to just pick up my dog. Once I'm holding her the other dogs almost always lose interest. I have a much harder time fending off children and adults. It's funny how dogs "get it" but people don't.

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  5. There was a beautiful pit bull off leash, no collar, no owner, in my yard. It seemed friendly as we(my pooch on leash and I) approached. They checked each other out and seemed to be fine so I decided, regrettably, to go for a walk around the neighborhood to find the lost dog's people. A few minutes into the walk the stray dog viciously attacked my dog and had her pinned by the neck. It was a very bad situation and I won't go into the details of how I saved my pet however there was a lot of blood, screaming, and some physical contact on my part to get rid of that dog and it came back twice to continue the attack. I am now skeptical of any dog off leash without a handler nearby even if in a park because many people just let their dog go and don't watch them in the park thinking they don't need to- not to mention the poop that's not scooped because of this type of negligence. Beware... this off leash nonsense has resulted in dogs being shot in this region. No joke:(

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