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I had the thought of printing these off and posting them on parks etc but since it's illegal I havent bothered. It would be a good idea to help get the message across though.
 

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I wish I could devise a slogan/poster telling people with dog aggressive dogs to keep out of popular dog walking areas:(

I am unable to relax on a walk now incase someone appears round a corner or from behind bushes/trees with their dogs. Even though the dogs are on a lead and my dogs are good at recall, I have had a few scary moments where I have not seen the owner and dogs until the last minute.

A number of us are concerned about our dogs safety and have changed the times we walk and/or routes to avoid these idiots.

Why should the majority be penalised because of nasty dogs? If you had a dog that disliked children you would not walk it past a school at home time, so why walk a dog that dislikes other dogs in a park that is used by a lot of dog walkers?
 

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I wish I could devise a slogan/poster telling people with dog aggressive dogs to keep out of popular dog walking areas:(

I am unable to relax on a walk now incase someone appears round a corner or from behind bushes/trees with their dogs. Even though the dogs are on a lead and my dogs are good at recall, I have had a few scary moments where I have not seen the owner and dogs until the last minute.

A number of us are concerned about our dogs safety and have changed the times we walk and/or routes to avoid these idiots.

Why should the majority be penalised because of nasty dogs? If you had a dog that disliked children you would not walk it past a school at home time, so why walk a dog that dislikes other dogs in a park that is used by a lot of dog walkers?
Completly agree!
 

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I wish I could devise a slogan/poster telling people with dog aggressive dogs to keep out of popular dog walking areas:(

I am unable to relax on a walk now incase someone appears round a corner or from behind bushes/trees with their dogs. Even though the dogs are on a lead and my dogs are good at recall, I have had a few scary moments where I have not seen the owner and dogs until the last minute.

A number of us are concerned about our dogs safety and have changed the times we walk and/or routes to avoid these idiots.

Why should the majority be penalised because of nasty dogs? If you had a dog that disliked children you would not walk it past a school at home time, so why walk a dog that dislikes other dogs in a park that is used by a lot of dog walkers?
I have a dog that currently dislikes black labs approaching at speed (attacked by one) and can be very nervous of offlead dogs approaching when he is onlead (attacked by aforementioned lab and a rottie - both occasions he was onlead, attackers off). He is not 'nasty' but will lie down as offlead dogs approach when he is on and may cower, squeal or resort to barking to try and get rid of the 'threat' if I haven't successfully done so.

In the same way that Kilo is not 'nasty' I am not an 'idiot' out to ruin peoples' walks. I walk in an onlead only park a few times a week to try and get Kilo happy around other dogs onlead - unfortunately a lot of folk have their dog offlead in this park and don't stop them approaching, even when they are not too friendly themselves. If in an offlead area I put Kilo onlead and step to the side to let people past, change direction etc etc - I do my best not to impact on their walks.

When someone's dog runs up and I see them off / walk away hurriedly etc I am often given a filthy look or criticised - 'idiot' is commonly used as is the suggestion that my dog needs to 'grow a pair' etc etc. Understandably I feel both angry and upset by these folk who feel that any public space where dogs are allowed belongs to them and their dogs alone. Just because my dog barks does not mean that he is aggressive or nasty, just scared.

Those with genuinely aggressive dogs are a huge problem here offlead and I would love to see them banned from dog walking areas unless leashed and muzzled I must admit.
 

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I wish I could devise a slogan/poster telling people with dog aggressive dogs to keep out of popular dog walking areas:(
I'd agree with staying out of popular off leash areas but there are many places where dogs should be on leash, I don't feel those with dog aggressive dogs should have to avoid those because of a few inconsiderate people who think the rules don't apply to them.

And I guess it depends what you class as aggressive. Many people labelled my collie vicious because he didn't appreciate being knocked down and trampled on by rude dogs and would react in a way that looked and sounded quite scary. He never actually hurt another dog and was perfectly civil with those who didn't flatten him. I don't see why he should have missed out on off leash walks because of other people not controlling their dogs.
 

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I'd agree with staying out of popular off leash areas but there are many places where dogs should be on leash, I don't feel those with dog aggressive dogs should have to avoid those because of a few inconsiderate people who think the rules don't apply to them.

And I guess it depends what you class as aggressive. Many people labelled my collie vicious because he didn't appreciate being knocked down and trampled on by rude dogs and would react in a way that looked and sounded quite scary. He never actually hurt another dog and was perfectly civil with those who didn't flatten him. I don't see why he should have missed out on off leash walks because of other people not controlling their dogs.
I agree with this too.
 

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Would it be a good idea to send a link to our local councils or would that just help some with their anti dog stance?

My local council are very dog friendly, but I know some aren't :(
 

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Pippa is a bouncy pup, I have these rules when she is off lead:
1) If there is an on lead dog, she goes on lead too
2) If there is an elderly dog, she goes on lead too
3) If there is a dog with a muzzle on, she goes on lead
4) If there is a small dog (e.g. Pom/Chi size - we don't tend to worry about the terriers so much!) she goes on lead
5) If there are people without a dog, she goes on lead
6) If there are children, she goes on lead
7) If there are elderly people she goes on lead

Her recall isn't great from other dogs, but I have managed to call her away from other dogs with some success. We are working on it!
 

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Pippa is a bouncy pup, I have these rules when she is off lead:
1) If there is an on lead dog, she goes on lead too
2) If there is an elderly dog, she goes on lead too
3) If there is a dog with a muzzle on, she goes on lead
4) If there is a small dog (e.g. Pom/Chi size - we don't tend to worry about the terriers so much!) she goes on lead
5) If there are people without a dog, she goes on lead
6) If there are children, she goes on lead
7) If there are elderly people she goes on lead

Her recall isn't great from other dogs, but I have managed to call her away from other dogs with some success. We are working on it!
I don't think people mind mistakes - Kilo has done a runner often enough to things that look interesting followed by me running after him to remove him :eek: - if someone comes to get their dog / calls it etc I don't mind at all. It's those like one we encountered the other day who was just strolling on by as his aggressive terrier had a go. I removed terrier with my boot and then told the man that if his dog was going to run up to dogs and do that it should be on a lead as it wasn't exactly friendly behaviour...unlike me to 'have a go' but it really got my goat!!
 

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Is it really illegal to put these up? I'm not sure how putting them up is any different from the missing dog/cat signs you see all over lampposts. I've used them myself in the past and never had anyone ask me to take them down.

Lots of parks also have notice boards they could be pinned to as well.
 

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Is it really illegal to put these up? I'm not sure how putting them up is any different from the missing dog/cat signs you see all over lampposts. I've used them myself in the past and never had anyone ask me to take them down.

Lots of parks also have notice boards they could be pinned to as well.
If you WERE caught then you could get a fine I believe.
 

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I have a dog that currently dislikes black labs approaching at speed (attacked by one) and can be very nervous of offlead dogs approaching when he is onlead (attacked by aforementioned lab and a rottie - both occasions he was onlead, attackers off). He is not 'nasty' but will lie down as offlead dogs approach when he is on and may cower, squeal or resort to barking to try and get rid of the 'threat' if I haven't successfully done so.

In the same way that Kilo is not 'nasty' I am not an 'idiot' out to ruin peoples' walks. I walk in an onlead only park a few times a week to try and get Kilo happy around other dogs onlead - unfortunately a lot of folk have their dog offlead in this park and don't stop them approaching, even when they are not too friendly themselves. If in an offlead area I put Kilo onlead and step to the side to let people past, change direction etc etc - I do my best not to impact on their walks.

When someone's dog runs up and I see them off / walk away hurriedly etc I am often given a filthy look or criticised - 'idiot' is commonly used as is the suggestion that my dog needs to 'grow a pair' etc etc. Understandably I feel both angry and upset by these folk who feel that any public space where dogs are allowed belongs to them and their dogs alone. Just because my dog barks does not mean that he is aggressive or nasty, just scared.

Those with genuinely aggressive dogs are a huge problem here offlead and I would love to see them banned from dog walking areas unless leashed and muzzled I must admit.
I think it's a real shame that being attacked by a few poorly trained and badly socialised dogs has made other dogs approaching a nervous experience for your dog. I remember when I was younger and had a dog there was hardly such a thing as dog etiquette as there was a lot less aggressive dogs.

I truely believe the walking experience has been tainted by irresponsible owners over the years and whilst I feel now the correct behaviour and approach is necessary for those poor owners who's dogs are nervous after beig attacked I think it's a real shame.

My bonsai has been attacked and he's only 8 months thankfully its not changed him and if anything I still have work to go with his recall when seeing other dogs because he just loves to play.
 

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Pippa is a bouncy pup, I have these rules when she is off lead:
1) If there is an on lead dog, she goes on lead too
2) If there is an elderly dog, she goes on lead too
3) If there is a dog with a muzzle on, she goes on lead
4) If there is a small dog (e.g. Pom/Chi size - we don't tend to worry about the terriers so much!) she goes on lead
5) If there are people without a dog, she goes on lead
6) If there are children, she goes on lead
7) If there are elderly people she goes on lead

Her recall isn't great from other dogs, but I have managed to call her away from other dogs with some success. We are working on it!
Why not terriers?
 

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Are people with da dogs all idiots? there for the grace of god.. my dog was good with other dogs until he got attacked by a lurcher (who became DA after being bitten by a St Bernard). He also had spine damange and a brin tumor. I did see it however as my job to keep him safe from the stress of other dogs running up and causing him to feel like he needed to react.

I live next to a big park where we walked every day and it was the influx of weekenders in the summer that were far more of a nuisance with out of control dogs and kids than my boy ever was.

Most people were pretty respectful of us if they saw us on a lead, and we were continually scanning for other dogs etc and being careful round corners so as not to ambush anyone comin the other way, but it was impossible to walk in a straight line at some point we had to turn a corner. We never got abuse really

Then again my boy was hardly the worst dog, your dog would get chased off and growled at if it tried to be over keen, but if they were calm and well mannnered he was OK.

It took us a long time to get to that stage, course I didn't like having a dA dog and course I didn't try anything to fix him but its pretty hard to get volunteers to help socialise a reactive staffie.

I appreciate there is a difference between my type of dog and one that will bite or attack - and if combined with an irresponsible owner. But not all owners of DA dogs have encouraged them to be that way, act irresponsible or are idiots.
 

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I wish I could devise a slogan/poster telling people with dog aggressive dogs to keep out of popular dog walking areas:(

I am unable to relax on a walk now incase someone appears round a corner or from behind bushes/trees with their dogs. Even though the dogs are on a lead and my dogs are good at recall, I have had a few scary moments where I have not seen the owner and dogs until the last minute.

A number of us are concerned about our dogs safety and have changed the times we walk and/or routes to avoid these idiots.
Idiots? :mad: Where the hell would you like us to walk? My da dog's no problem to other dogs unless some idiot lets their off lead ill mannered dog run up to him despite the obvious signs of him being on a lead and me dragging him away. Should I only walk at midnight? I fail to see the problem if the dog is on lead and your dog has good recall?

You have no idea how hard and heart breaking it is to have a da dog. All mine needs is a bit of space and to not have a bouncy over friendly dog in his face and some idiot shouting that their dog is fine as I struggle desperately to control mine. :( Mine was turned into a da dog after some idiot refused to recall her dog who attacked mine then tried to attack him again-despite the fact that mine was in the car :mad:
 
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