Put a leash on it
There’s a man who walks his extremely large yellow mutt around my neighborhood, off leash, constantly. As a woman who has been attacked by a dog off leash in a no off leash zone before, I am more than a little wary of off leash dogs (don’t take that the wrong way I own two dogs and love them dearly and walk them on leashes!).
How can I politely approach this man the next time I see him? Is it even proper to approach him about this situation? I generally see him when I am walking my own two dogs. His dog is certainly on voice control, but as all of us dog owners know dogs are animals. They may seem intelligent, and they certainly are, but there will always be a point where they will break control, like it or not.
As an addendum: due to this man allowing his dog to walk off leash, and never carrying poop bags to pick up his dog’s extremely large poop, a local college who used to be friendly to dog walkers walking through their grass has now decreed no more dog walking on their property. Which I can absolutely understand, it is not proper for them to have to pick up dog poop! What would you do?
It’s a tricky issue for those of us who are dog lovers. On the one hand, we want our cherished pets to have the freedom to run. On the other hand, there are always those freak attacks. The poop issue bothers me more than that. Dogs can carry their own litter bags (available at a pet store near you). But if I were the LW, I would also lobby her community to have poop bags placed in all parks and anywhere else dogs and their humans congregate. Ever see the poop bag boxes at Castle Island?
People will disobey leash laws. You can always go to your animal control officer and report the man, or you Police Department or Board of Health. This is a case where etiquette wedding dresses merges with public safety. Don’t confront the man. But I hope you would also report people who spit on the ground; sneeze without covering their mouths, and pss on someone’s lawn. These people probably don’t bite but they impact public health in t wedding dresses heir own special ways.
Posted by reindeergirl
October 12, 09 08:47 AM
Just bc a dog is on a leash doesn’t mean it’s well behaved or well trained. I saw a pitbull on a leash attack and nearly kill another dog who was also leashed. I’d take a well behaved off leash dog to a misbehaving on the leash dog almost any day of the week.
If you generally see him, I think it’s ok to casually mention that other people feel more comfortable with dogs on leashes when you bump into him next. It’s all about tone though. Something like, “hey we bump into each other a lot on this route, and while I know you have good control over your dog, other people might not. Or like me, the one time I don’t bring 2 or 3 bags is the time the dog decides to poop over everything in sight. Or the dog had diarrhea and used up the supply. It’s never just ONE bad owner, but a host of them.
Posted by veronica
October 12, 09 10:46 AM
reindeer girl, why should a community have to pay for poop bags, and then the cleaning up of them and restocking of them. I don’t have a dog, I don’t want a dog, and don’t want to support a dog. While a station of poop bags may be nice and may not cost much, I am sorry I don’t want my tax dollars going to pay for those things there are other things to spend the money on. A few dollars here and few there and we are talking real money that can impact town budgets.
I would let the owner that doesn’t leash his dog know that others are uncomfortable and that there is a leash law. I might even go further and say that you have noticed a lot of dog do do and are reminding everyone, since you don’t know who the guilty party is, you see to pick up after their dog.
Posted by WES
October 12, 09 02:06 PM
I am new to dog ownership, and am constantly flummoxed by what correct dog etiquette is in certain situations. Can I leave the little woofer in my car while I run into the bank, or will someone call the cops and report it as abuse? Why did I leave my dog in the car, when that lady with the poodle just walked right into the bank with it?
Most humans are terrible at taking constructive criticism from strangers, but at the same time, most of us don’t go out of our way to be jerks, and could use a gentle nudge back to the correct path.
If it was only an issue of this guy walking the dogs off leash, you could go up to him, pat the dog, ask his name, etc, then casually mention that your friend’s brother’s cousin just got a HUGE ticket from a beat cop for walking her dog off leash and maybe he ought to be careful you know those cops. Make yourself a co conspirator instead of an accuser.
As for the not picking up poop, that’s just plain ignorant and rude, and it gives ignorant and rude people like WES fuel for their fires. It makes those of us who are trying to be responsible dog people look bad. If he’s letting the dog walk off leash AND not picking up his poop, tell him if he wants to walk his dog somewhere where poop isn’t an issue, he can feel free to wander the city dump.
Posted by JustQ
October 12, 09 04:56 PM
Actually WES was rude and communities should decide by majority if they want to subsidize dog owners. My taxes dollars subsidize all kinds of other groups that I am not a part of. Further, over 30% of US households have a dog which is larger than many other groups we support. I suppose WES doesn’t want his property taxes to support schools. Or maybe he has kids so it is ok.
Dog owners should be responsible, scoop the poop, and follo wedding dresses w leash laws (or work to change them). I have a dog and I agree with the biker. Dogs off leash can be a hazard for others. Keep them on leash until you get to the park. As dog owners we should kindly let other dog owners know when they are not being responsible so that we keep the privileges for everyone.
Your best bet is t wedding dresses o talk to him the way JusQ suggested, as a fellow dog lover. You might even get some information you didn’t anticipate. I once was approached by someone concerned that I was walking my dog off leash, and I was able to show her that my dog had a remote collar (approved by the park rangers) and was indeed under control. And I learned that my effort to disguise the collar was a bad idea; when people could see the collar, it reassured them that the dog was under control.
Posted by Nancy G
October 12, 09 08:52 PM
I agree with JusQ, a friendly chat with the big yellow mutt’s owner would go a long way towards communicating what seems to be the expected dog walking etiquette (using leashes, picking up poop). Sometimes people are aware they MIGHT be breaking some written or unwritten rule but they go ahead anyway, without any truly malicious intent, simply because they think “if I was bothering someone, they’d say something”.