It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

Breakin' the Law

Posted Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 9:06 PM
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  • It doesn't necessarily matter that your dogs had a rough start and didn't get the ideal socialization. My dogs were socialized and fine meeting appropriate dogs. Sadly, a lot of dogs are not appropriate, and are either rude or downright aggressive. So many people think that their dog is "friendly," when in fact they are being pushy and rude. I don't want strangers getting up in my face and hanging all over me when I'm out and about. Neither do a lot of dogs.

    This is one of my favorite behavior articles. It's long, but a great read. I gave it as required reading for many of my students in the past.


    And while you are there, check out some of the others. Suzanne Clothier is fabulous.

    As far as walking in Spencer goes, it's gotten to the point where I almost exclusively walk on Grand now as there doesn't seem to be quite as many dogs rushing out from here or there.

    -- Posted by stafinois on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 10:49 AM
  • I have actually had an issue with unleashed dogs on my bike rides and my runs as well. One went so far as to chase down my son, and bite his back tire high enough that it was pretty close to my son's rear, all with the owner in his front yard who was not able to stop his dog from chasing us down. If he had been leashed, it would have been a non-issue as we were on the street riding. I know people mean well to have an unleashed dog, but it's scary and a hazard to others. We love dogs, and have our own and were still scared, so I couldn't imagine the fear someone would have if they were already frightened of them in the first place. They need to start enforcing the leash law for it to be effective.

    -- Posted by Vanessa on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 9:35 PM
  • my worst story was about 3 years ago while running my dog at the fair grounds. He loved to run while I rode my bike, always leashed of course. We were approaching the JC stand from the South. A couple with three large dogs, one leashed 2 not, were up by the East end of the grandstand. The 2 pitbullish looking one darted straight for us and attacked my leash medium dog. I'm on my bike and begin to punch the offending dogs in the back of the head to get there jaws out of my dogs neck. the male owner drop kicks me in the chest all the while screaming that you don't punch dogs. After we separated them my dog was bleeding, but not severely. I just wanted out of there. I wish I could have stayed around to get there names so I could press charges, but they were equally ready to split as they were worried about liability. My dog was fine, but I was upset.

    -- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Mon, Sep 3, 2012, at 7:38 PM
  • Protection of our persons and our pets is extremely important while in public, but I think that all of us that are pet owners need to follow the leash law, not only to protect the public and also to protect ourselves, but mostly to protect our kids. A small child walking to or from school is no match against any dog. I was personally attacked by a German Sheppard when I was 4. I was bit on the left side of my face and had over 120 stitches. We need to protect our kids and also our pets. Putting your dog on a leash or chaining them up is much easier than having to put them down because they hurt a child.

    -- Posted by spicypepper1 on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 9:19 AM
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