Letters to the Editor, Dec. 12-15, 2015
December 11, 2015
Owners need to keep people and their dogs safe
It would be a wonderful world if everyone was responsible.
As a companion to my dog, and vice versa, I would love for other companions to respect my dog’s space.
While your dog is well behaved and unleashed, can you guarantee your dog won’t run up to mine? While my dog is on leash, and minding his own business, an unleashed dog running up to him is a signal to him to protect himself and me. He doesn’t know your dog’s intentions and your dog doesn’t know his.
While walking my dog every day, inevitably I hear at least one human companion yelling to their unleashed dog to stop/come – over and over and over again (to no avail). Or, people yelling to me assuring me their dog is friendly as their dog rushes towards mine. (It’s rare that an unleashed dog listens to their human companion when another dog is nearby.) Also, human companions almost always assume because their dog is friendly to other dogs, all dogs are friendly. This kind of thinking is not in the best interest of their dog or its safety.
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We live in a populated area and we do not have the ability to read dogs minds. If a large, unleashed dog rushes a person, that person can’t determine if the dog is friend or foe. Or, how do you know if a person likes a dog sniffing around him/her? Since we are not mind readers, I strongly suggest everyone put their dog on leash unless in a dog park or a remote area.
I love dogs. I’ve always had a dog(s) since I was a child. I’ve changed city laws to make dogs lives better. However, this does not give me the right to impose my dog on others and neither do you.
It’s the law to keep your dog on leash in public. If you choose not to obey the law then there can be consequences.
A dog companion’s first responsibility is to keep their dog(s) safe and the only way to guarantee their safety is to keep them on leash and ask others to do the same.