Why Do Dog Owners Think They Have the Right To Disobey Leash Laws?

Dogs Running Toward Me without Leashes, on Trail
@bagarad (12838)
Paso Robles, California
February 9, 2018 11:13pm CST
Some dog owners are respectful of the law when they walk their dogs on the public streets or in the parks where leash laws are in effect. But many aren't. Many dog owners also ignore signs in public parks that say "No Dogs Allowed." I am one of the people who is somewhat afraid of large dogs running up to me. Many I have known in the past weren't well-behaved and greeted me by jumping on me and almost knocking me over. That's what I was afraid of when these dogs you see in the photo were running toward me with no leashes while I was walking on the trail beside the park tonight. Those appear to be their owners standing there talking and unconcerned about the activities of their dogs. Many older folks walk in parks for exercise. Some even walk their own dogs, on leashes. Many have fragile bones making a fall dangerous. Even some walking their own small dogs on a leash are afraid of larger strange dogs attacking their small dogs. Dogs on a leash are near their owners who can help control them. Some people have had traumatic experiences with dogs. I was walking one night in my old neighborhood with a neighbor who was so scared of dogs that she screamed and practically jumped into my arms when a SMALL dog came toward her. She had been attacked by a dog when she was a child. Why can't all dog owners be more sensitive to the fears of others and follow the laws meant to protect all citizens so they can enjoy their parks, too. Why do some dog owners seem to believe those laws are just for other people and their dogs? We have some designated dog parks where dogs can be off leash, and that is posted. Those afraid of dogs running loose can stay out of those parks. But people should not have to fear being attacked or knocked down by a dog who should be on a leash and isn't. What do you think?
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@aureliah (19438)
• Kenya
10 Feb
I’m also very afraid of dogs.
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10 Feb
Here in India, we have many street dogs some dog lovers feed the dogs but also sometimes they are a nuisance because the dogs attack children and here in India a group of stray dogs attacked a small child and it was a terrible sight to see.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I think many people are, especially of big dogs. Dog are, after all, related to wolves and coyotes which have attacked people in the wild. Domestic dogs can look just as threatening and be just as large.
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@aureliah (19438)
• Kenya
11 Feb
@bagarad That is very true and owners should not just leave them unattended to
@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
10 Feb
I agree that dog owners should be more sensitive. I am scared by dogs, I had a bad experience when I was a child. Here dogs are only allowed without lease in dog parks, that are always fenced. If something like you describe happened to me, I would send this photo to the local police and they would take care to contact the owner, fine the owner and warn her that the next time the dog will be taken away from her and sent to a shelter.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I'm not sure the all the people in the picture are the dog owners, though I think one of them owns one of the dogs. And since we all live in the same neighborhood, even though we aren't acquainted there can still be retaliation.
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
10 Feb
@bagarad If it was one of my neighbors doing this I would talk to them directly. If it's someone I do not know personally, I have no problem asking the police to take care of the matter before someone is hurt.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
@LadyDuck I didn't know these people and I did say, "Aren't your dogs supposed to be on a leash?" They really didn't say much in response.
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• Philippines
10 Feb
Youre totally right barbara, i thought its just here in the philippines who have many stray dogs. so you also have there? they just run along without caring on people walking around. they even poop on other houses gates in the front. i'm also bitten by a dog twice when a kid so i cant take away that trauma now that seems a scar already. one of my neighbour here has a dog not too big but bigger than the normal ones we have here, i once threw water on the dog when it plans to poop beside our gate then it ran away. whenever i saw the owner im giving him a nasty stare
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
The dogs in our parks aren't strays. Their owners are nearby and just ignoring the leash laws. They know the police aren't around to enforce them, so they don't care.
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• Philippines
10 Feb
@bagarad same here as long as the city pound is not around they will unchained their dogs again bothering/barking at passing people, while they sleep or work wherever they are
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
@Strawberry18 Even those who have their dogs on leashes often let them poop on someone else's property and don't clean up after them. I had one lady deny her dog was doing that while it was in the very act.
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@allknowing (70518)
• India
10 Feb
Most dogs that are seen here roaming the streets are mild and are not known to attack any one. I am more concerned that they could be knocked down by vehicles.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
A dog doesn't have to be in attack mode to hurt someone. Even a friendly greeting of a big dog jumping up on a person without intent to harm can push that person over or frighten them badly. And, yes, dogs do get run over when allowed to run loose. They can also get lost or kidnapped. That's why they should be confined to their own property or on a leash in public places.
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@allknowing (70518)
• India
11 Feb
@bagarad Our pet is confined. She is free to roam around in the property as we have strong boundary walls.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
11 Feb
@allknowing That makes sense. I think dogs should be able to roam freely on their own property as long as they can't get off it to bother anyone else.
@Mshafeeq (1553)
• Bangalore, India
10 Feb
Dogs are a great companions and comforting to many but sometimes they are as wild as the wild dogs, i had very bad incident with dogs like all 5 to 6 dogs attacked me at once i was alone on the road and it was horrific situation for me to handle it. Thanks to God who saved me.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I can only imagine how scary this must have been. How did God save you from it? Did he send someone to intervene?
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@Mshafeeq (1553)
• Bangalore, India
11 Feb
@bagarad no i was just standing behind tree I did nothing just reading virtues of Quran all of a sudden they all stepped back then I moved from there.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
10 Feb
Because many people are idjits, basically, and are not responsible pet owners. Unfortunately there never seems to be a cop around when you need one, and the owners...they are the kind "Oh, I'm so sorry he knocked you down and broke your hip, he was just trying to be friendly and say hello". Morons.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
Exactly. I think a dog license ought to require the owner taking the dog to obedience school as a qualification for getting the license. Give the owner of a puppy a provisional dog license a few months to comply and someone who adopts an older dog a shorter time period. Or as an alternative for owners who adopt dogs, let them demonstrate the the dog will respond to basic commands important in keeping others safe. It's not the dog's fault if it misbehaves if it hasn't been trained. It's the owners who are usually at fault.
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@JudyEv (136523)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
I am not keen on big dogs either. I can't understand it when people seem to think it is okay for dogs to jump up on people. They often growl at them for doing so but none seem able to stop them doing it in the first instance.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
More people need to attend the dog obedience classes that are often free. I see them all the time in one of our parks.
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@JohnRoberts (64868)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Feb
Don't even get me started on the subject. Dog owners don't understand my hatred of dogs even when I show the scars on my stomach from being mauled by a German shepherd as a child.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I know many responsible dog owners who have well-behaved pets, and would not let their dogs terrorize others. Dogs can be a great comfort to those who live alone and those who need them as service dogs or watch dogs. They have been a great help to people, but those who have helped most have been well-trained for their jobs. I would never deny my friends who love, care for, and properly train their dogs the opportunity to have them. But there are some people who should not have dogs or any other pet.
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@TRBRocks420 (84228)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Feb
I agree with you everyone should follow the law dogs are best friends, but some can also be very dangerous. I worry about this myself when walking Rooger.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
The aggressive dogs will go after other dogs, especially smaller ones, cats, and other kinds of pets. If they are on a leash it is easier for the responsible owner to control them and keep such attacks from happening.
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@andriaperry (60954)
• Anniston, Alabama
10 Feb
I hate that too. My nephew was terrified of dogs and would climb us when he heard one bark
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
Dogs can be great companions and comforting to many of my friends. Probably if I'd grown up with one in the house I wouldn't fear them so much, but since our new neighbors (not so new now) moved in with two dogs I am almost afraid to go to our old house in Templeton alone. They keep their large dog tied up, but they let the small one loose when it doesn't appear we are there. If I drive in she runs up to me and tried to jump on me and she has almost tripped me. If the owner knows I'm there he will come get her and keep her confined, but she's one reason I don't like going home anymore. I much prefer the cats running loose.
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@mydanods (6747)
• Nigeria
10 Feb
I am afraid of dogs. I don't know why it is like that. If I see a dog owner having a dog not on leash, I would surely scold that individual and ask him to put one on the dog.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I guess I'm more afraid of what the owners might do if I complain or scold than I am of what the dogs might do.
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@mydanods (6747)
• Nigeria
11 Feb
@bagarad It is a real situation for you then. Over here, the police will arrest you if your dog bites anyone so people do all that is necessary to keep their dog close to them.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
11 Feb
@mydanods The police will take away a dog that has actually bitten someone to test it for rabies and then they probably fine the owner if the dog is healthy or kill the dog if it's infected. But who wants to wait and get bitten?
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@Susan2015 (21939)
• United States
11 Feb
We have leash laws. But some don't seem to give a hoot. We are always on the lookout when we have our two dogs outside.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
11 Feb
Do you have large or small dogs?
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@Susan2015 (21939)
• United States
12 Feb
@bagarad We have a Beagle and a Terrier Mix. They are about 25 pounds or so.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Feb
@Susan2015 Not quite German shepherds, Dobermans, or pit bulls!
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@nitirrbb7 (3756)
• India
14 Feb
That's not right the owners seem to be least bothered about their dogs in the picture which you have posted, did you have a word with them of what their negligence could caused you.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
I didn't dare. Sometimes people can be worse than their dogs. You never know what a stranger will do. I said simply, "Shouldn't those leashes be on your dogs?" They just kind of shrugged it off.
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@nitirrbb7 (3756)
• India
14 Feb
@bagarad That's really bad of them to behave that way. And I agree with you people can be quite unpredictable at times.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb
I don't know why dog owners would disregard the posted rules. I always had a leash on my dog when I walked him or her.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I guess those people feel the rules don't apply to them -- just other people and their dogs. Responsible pet owners follow the law.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb
@bagarad Yes, they do.
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@m_audrey6788 (16901)
• Philippines
10 Feb
I observed the same around here and the owners think that their dogs will not do anything to you and that you must have to pass through with them whether you like it or not
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I like to think these irresponsible dog owners just don't understand how frightening their dogs can be to strangers. But the truth is that many of them just don't care enough to do something about it, such as putting that leash on. The leashes were in the owners' hands.
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• Philippines
11 Feb
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@maezee (33924)
• United States
10 Feb
I agree. I wish more folks would be fined and whatnot. I am also one who does not like to be charged at by dogs (who would? Its scary!)
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
We never know that dog's history or whether it really is being friendly or not, so we assume not. Dogs can also tell if we are afraid of them and take advantage of it. My husband likes all dogs, assumes they are friends, and treats them that way and pets them. My son had a way with all animals, even though a Doberman had once mauled his sister. Maybe he was too young then to remember it. It happened before we adopted the children.
@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 Feb
Some idiots just believe that 'any' law doesn't apply to them @bagarad .
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
I'm afraid you're right.
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@shaggin (38419)
• United States
10 Feb
I am a stickler for rules so I would be mad seeing this as well! I thought your post was about something different due to the typo
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Feb
Thanks for pointing that out. I was so tired when I posted that I didn't notice it. Time to edit. My bad.
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