Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
I just want to rant about people that let their dogs go off leash in an ON LEAD ONLY PARK!! Drives me absolutely nuts.
We walk our two dogs together. The youngest has some fear-aggression issues occasionally with other dogs. The oldest is fine and has no issue with other dogs on lead or off.
The reason we walk at an on-leash only park is because we do not want dogs approaching our youngest and giving her a bad experience. We try to make every interaction with another dog a positive one, and having a strange dog come rushing up while she is feeling vulnerable is not going to be fun for her.
Therefore, it just really chafes me when me and my mum go to the park this morning and right away in the car park some idiot jogger's dog is running loose. Usually my mum yells at people that the park is on-leash only but today she didn't. Anyway they go off and we take our two girls for their walk.
We get back to the car park area, and the stupid dog is running around loose only about 50m away. Owners are paying it no attention so I decided to go first with our oldest girl as if it rushed her she would just ignore it.
To top it off, as we are leaving, another pair of joggers run past with an unrestrained dog right behind our car!
We once watched saw the dog of someone from our dog club loose and chasing a kangaroo right for the big main road that runs along the entrance of the park. My mum told her off for that as it looked very bad for anyone watching.
It makes me really irritated as on-leash parks are great for reactive dogs to utilise without the fear of them being approached or harassed by someone's 'don't worry he's friendly!' dog.
Also there is an off-leash park only 5 minutes from this one with an enclosed oval and lots of tracks so really no excuse.