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Simply seeing a dog that is not leashed, even when that dog is very well behaved, can cause panic for some people. Beyond those reasons, leash laws exist because we all have different ideas and standards for what constitutes a “well trained, friendly” dog. With more cars, more people, and more dogs, crammed into less space than ever before, we all need to have our dogs under our full control. Look, just because we want you to leash your dog in certain public areas, doesn’t mean we’re scrooges.
In the end, that’s what all of us want: to choose what is best for us and our dogs, to be treated with common courtesy, and to be provided with safe options for recreation in our communities.
Shirley is an animal control officer in Northern California, and in addition to her demanding job, her family has fostered and rehomed more than 400 dogs.
I have seen problems with off leash dogs charging up to leashed dogs who are not comfortable with it, and some fights have resulted. Shirley: As a teen I had two large aggressive dogs run out of their yard as I was passing by and attack my small dog and nearly kill him. Most cases are not nearly so severe but a few times when confronted with a truly aggressive dog I have removed my dogs leashes to use as a weapon, also freeing my dog to do  normal greeting behaviors, or possibly outrun the other dog if needed. The Whole Dog Journal’s recent interview with attorney Heidi Meinzer about dangerous dog laws is a good place to start. While reading the interview, I suspected Heidi might be a member of Team DINOS when she said,“…always take care when interacting with dogs and people wherever you are, including in your own home. It should be noted that in regards to dog laws, there is a lot of variation from state to state and even town to town. Heidi: If you see someone disobeying the leash laws, you need to work with your local animal control officers to report the issue. Q: Many of us are calling to make reports, but we’re essentially being ignored or laughed off the phones by authorities who think leash laws are a waste of their time!
If your jurisdiction does not have leash laws, alert your local legislators and educate them about the need for leash laws.
Heidi: If there is an applicable leash law, it is likely the owner of the loose dog would be liable. Heidi: Sophie is a beautiful Shepherd mix who is very environmentally sensitive and can be reactive to dogs and people.
When you see a dog walking on leash, sitting in the waiting room at the vet’s office, walking next to his owner in a pet store, working as a service dog, or just about any where, you should ask before you let your dog greet them or you make a move to pet that dog. One example of this scenario are the dogs rescued from fight busts or hoarding situations. Despite terrible beginnings, many of these victims of cruelty are ready to leave the past behind and enjoy family life. Some dogs, purchased from responsible breeders and socialized properly from puppyhood, still wind up with behavioral problems.
In both of these cases, the common denominator that is actually determining the success of these dogs as family pets and their safety in the community isn’t how the dogs were raised: it’s responsible management. What this means is that when dogs are properly managed by a human, a dog with or without behavior problems has the opportunity to be a safe, family dog. I think that dogs are only as successful and safe as humans set them up to be – no matter what their past may be. How they’re raised may be one factor that influences dogs, but it doesn’t determine the whole being of a dog. The truth is that it’s how we currently manage dogs that determines how any dog interacts with the world. When you visit the FAF blog to read and share it, don’t forget to let FAF know you appreciate them spreading the DINOS message: DINOS are GOOD dogs, they just need space! The thing about off leash dog encounters is that they’re a little different every time and there are always a lot of variables in play. Tip for Leashed Dogs or Dogs Inside Houses: Being quiet helps, even if the dogs you’re passing are inside or on leash. Tip for On-Leash Dogs: Occasionally, I let a few treats slip out of my hand when someone is rapidly walking up behind me and my DINOS and I can’t get away or make space.


I know that sounds super scary, but in all the years I’ve been dog walking and dealing with OLDs, I can say that things rarely get this far (not that they don’t – they do), but for the most part, dogs chase you away from their property or chase after you to play or try to start a little bit of trouble that you can stop with one of those tools. If contact is made, spray the dog or use whatever large object you have access to (from a stick to trash can lid) to slide in between dogs. If just reading this exhausts you (sorry it’s so long), I want you to know that it’s ok to exercise your dogs at home, in your yard, or whatever it takes to keep them safe and happy. It is our position that DINOS (Dogs in Need of Space)™ are good dogs with the right to enjoy walks in public without the harassment of other dogs and their people. Obey Leash Laws: Outside of a dog park, or otherwise sanctioned off-leash area, you must leash your dogs. Do Not Give Chase: If we abruptly turn the other way or cross the street, we do not want to interact with you or your dogs. Lock your Leashes: If you walk your dog on a retractable leash (aka a Flexi Lead), please retract and lock your leash, so that we may pass by without engaging with your dog. No Matter How Nice You Are, the Rules Still Apply: You may think that because you and your dogs are really nice and very dog savvy, that it’s ok for you to break these rules. Innocent dogs and their owners are being terrorized, chased down the street, pinned into corners by…other dog owners.
We rely on leash laws  and purposely choose to visit areas where they exist, with the expectation that dogs will not be loose. My dog won’t suddenly run over, knock you off your crutches, and eat your baby.” Seeing the leash prevents the internal panic-show from starting. This simple management tool provides a baseline of safety for all kinds of dogs to be out in public, even if the handler is new to dog training (we were all new at some point!).
Many of us live in communities with leash laws, but they’re not enforced, making it difficult for us to safely walk our dogs in public spaces. I presently hit an off leash beach several times a month with my four dogs ranging from 18 pounds to 120 pounds. When a dog is lunging and snarling on leash, it may bring a fight from an off leash dog that might not have happened if the dog was taught to walk calmly. I investigate so many preventable dog bites each year and it’s unfortunate that dogs and children most often suffer the consequences of our lack of knowledge or understanding of canine behavior.
I’ve taken in dogs with health or behavior issues, moms with underage pups and orphaned pups. Heidi and Paul’s answers provide information that every dog owner should know, such as how to be responsible dog owners, understanding dangerous dog laws, what to do if our dogs are deemed dangerous, and how to avoid coming into conflict with the law in the first place.
In order to avoid them, many of us are intentionally only walking in areas that have leash laws, but they’re often ignore or are not enforced. Most of us are teaching children to ask before they approach dogs, but the adults need a refresher course too. Even dogs that are really social and able to meet others at any time deserve to be treated with respect.
This idea, that how they’re raised determines who a dog is, makes adopting out adult and senior dogs a real challenge.
People who have raised their dogs since puppyhood beat themselves up when they’ve done everything right, but despite their very best efforts, their dogs still have behavioral issues. Anyone who has worked in rescue has met countless dogs who were not raised in the best circumstances, but despite this lack of early socialization or care (or worse) they turn out to be safe, family dogs. Many responsible dog owners, who have raised their dogs since they were puppies and did everything right, still find themselves with dogs who have a variety of behavioral issues.
Perpetuating this idea only winds up hurting dogs with less than perfect pasts and shaming people who own dogs they’ve had since puppyhood. When we focus on managing them in the present, based on their individual needs, we can set dogs up for success despite what may have happened to them in the past. If you’ve got room in your cargo pants for a hand full of pea gravel, it can be worth carrying some to startle oncoming dogs by throwing this at their feet. Dogs sounds awful when they’re in a tussle, but it’s usually far worse sounding then it actually is.


Just like stop lights, it’s in everyone’s best interests if we obey these laws, rather than justifying why we’re the exception. The truth is that the perfect complement to areas with leash laws are designated, accessible, and welcoming off-leash areas. But since we can’t get everything we want, we’ll settle for dog owners who obey leash laws. My dogs absolutely love it and its a great way for me to blow of work stress, just watching a bunch of loved dogs running free and playing with each other.
And of course many of the dogs are completely out of control and the owners have no idea how to fix it.
Thankfully my dogs all enjoy meeting new dogs and are very smooth with great social skills so they rarely have issues.
I chose to leave them out because the public needs to learn to control their dogs, obey leash laws, and ask first around ALL dogs, not just ones that might be wearing a ribbon! Some organizations use this as proof that the dogs aren’t safe or fit to be adopted out.The same thing goes for dogs that are suspected of surviving these situations.
I hear from a lot of you through DINOS because you feel ashamed and guilty about your dog’s issues, despite having raised your dogs right.
Many of us share our homes with dogs that were raised in less than ideal conditions, but are still wonderful pets.
They live with us. We need to recognize dogs as individuals, then determine what they need from us in order to succeed in the world. The dogs may be friendly (or not), but by allowing them to roam the streets or chase other dogs, their owners are setting these dogs up to get into trouble.
Not surprisingly, we had to walk a gauntlet of barking dogs and he struggled mightily to keep his cool. I’ve had a 50-50 success rate with this, so it’s worth a try, but I’ll be the first to admit, it doesn’t stop all dogs. I’ve never had to do this alone, but what I know for sure is that when you break up a dog fight, you need to make sure that after the dogs are separated, they don’t go right back at each other. We can all learn from each other here at Team DINOS, so if you have a trick, I want to know about it! This allows everyone to enjoy public recreation with their dogs, in whatever environment – on or off leash – that suits them best.
My dogs (mostly rescues from bad situations) have always been very well trained and well socialized, but of course some dogs don’t appreciate strange dogs regardless of their history.
I love dogs, and respect them and do everything I can to make things less stressful for them. Before you allow your dog to approach anyone unfamiliar (you never know who is afraid of dogs!): Ask First. It was unnecessary work – we were bringing the dogs to us, when we really wanted them to go away. One way to do this, if you are by yourself, is to tie one of the dogs to a fence or post or whatever is there, separate the dogs, and then do not let go of the one you’re holding. We wish we could meet you under other circumstances, but trust us, we know our dogs better than you do.
A leash can keep your dog from chasing a ball in front of bus, getting spooked by gunfire and taking off into the woods, accidentally scratching a kid and bringing on a lawsuit, French kissing a porcupine, or chasing a herd of deer across a park and making you a YouTube star.
When both on and off leash areas exist, it gives everyone a choice and prevents responsible dog owners who prefer off leash recreation from being unfairly marginalized. So I held on to the leash, as tight as I could while lying on my stomach, and my dog lost her marbles at the end of the leash.
If your dog is aggressive, use a muzzle,  so you don’t have to worry about them hurting a friendly off leash dog that gets in their face.



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