I have night class on Tuesdays, so my bf always takes Ace and Summer outside while I am gone. Yesterday I got out early so when I got home I walked behind the apartment to the field where my bf was with Ace and Summer.
I see my bf and Summer running, Summer on leash. And suddenly, Ace comes tearing around them pull speed at me, NO leash. It was dark out, too, and Ace is a black dog. Kind of hard to see a small, black dog at night, right?
So of course I have to ask why Ace is not on a leash. He says having both dogs at the same time outside on leashes is too hard, and Ace is good off leash. We got into a huge arguement over it because I think if Ace sees a rabbit or cat he will chase it. If he gets too far, he (my bf) won't be able to see him because it's dark out. My bf thinks I worry too much, and maybe I do....but I dunno. What do you think?
you are right. it only takes once, for a secod, adn they are gone. we used to let our out front, off lead, to potty. till they each tried to play chicken with a car. now they get tied to potty. no mreo street.
me and bf are constantly having arguments like this. he thinks i am a worry wart, and i think hes a moron because he wont listen to me.
2 dogs on leash can be a pain, but i take mine running with 2 leashes, and take 2 big clunky retractables to the park. it can be done :)
I would most definitely worry! Even if Ace was a great dane, you should NEVER have a dog off-leash in an unfenced place, even if that dog is trained to precision. I can guarantee Ace will chase a rabbit!
*breath and count to 10!* My boyf also drives me up the wall..ive had dogs all my life and i quite knowlegable about most aspects of there care... He is from South Africa and from what he says i gather they/some treat dogs very differently over there and he has never had any pets of his own..
IT DRIVES ME MAD when he tries to give me crazy advice and NEVER listens to anything i say or rolls his eyes at any suggestion AAARRRGGGHH..he can be soo dumb sometimes but god do i love him! *now counting to ten!* ~twinkletoes uk
For the sake of argument, and apparently speaking as the only guy on this thread, you should be happy he even takes the dogs out!
I've always been the dog lover in my family and in relationships, and for my past girlfriends or family members (my current girlfriend is actually a dog lover, though not quite as much as I am. We got in an argument just the other night because she thought I'm paying too much for my staffordshire bull terrier pup.) to say they even want to take the dogs out for a walk, I drop to my knees and praise the powers that be.
So before you go calling us guys morons and idiots, perhaps you should consider that.
That being said, I'd never take any of my dogs anywhere that wasn't fenced in off-lead, better safe than sorry.
***Edited By: TheCount on 4/20/2005 2:36:35 PM*** Reason: add
I don't agree with Allie that no dog should be off leash in an unfenced area. Some dogs are fine off leash and some people are more willing to allow for certain risks.
However, I do think that if they are your dogs, your boyfriend should abide by your rules for them. There is little worse than someone messing up your training or taking a risk with your loved ones that you wouldn't. I've had problems with roommates treating my dog in ways I wouldn't allow. They let my dog jump up on them, they give her food from the table, and several more things that drive me insane. If they are your dogs, people don't have the right to circumvent your rules.
If the dogs belong to both of you, you two should sit down and have a good talk. If it worries you that much, your boyfriend should listen to you just for the sake of your stress level.
What are the leash laws in our area? and i am sure he watches but the rabitt can be chased and if he can't see him and he gets away or worse run over? now not knowing the area you live in i will say this. my dogs are not leashed when they go outside but i own 60 acres and they have plenty of room to roam and they are only outside to roam if we are out there. plus a country road not a buzy highway or street
i wouldnt say you worry too much. it all depends on the dog. i have had several dogs in my time that were 100 percent reliable off lead. we would take them for walks in the woods and they would occasionally see deer and chase them but when they were called back they would come immediately, no ifs ands or buts. my guys now would be off in a heartbeat and wouldnt come back no matter what.
i have treated ( and unfortunately bagged ) lots of dogs whose owners thought they were completely reliable off lead. but all it takes is one time to decide to do something or chase something they never had before and decide at that point not to listen to theirs owners frantically calling them back, for a catastrophe to happen. ace being so little he doesnt stand a chance with a car or motorcycle.
i guess it boils down to knowing and accepting the possible consequences of having the dog off leash.
Heff, theyre not that hard to handle...but they run opposite ways, get their leashes tangled. and summer waits until she gets some slack in the leash to take off, trying to run free. They may be little (26 lbs and 9 lbs) but theyre not that easy to control when theyre both pulling both ways. :)
So tell him to walk them separately. Thats what I have to do when I petsit for my friend's bichon. I used to let my cocker out in the yard while I had a smoke and waited for her to go. For the longest time, she never left the yard. I didn't have a fence and one day she was just gone and we didn't find her until the next day.
I'm a "boy"...not yet a "man". Beatings with a crowbar or canoe paddle always works...just kidding..lol. Not making light of the problem, just thinking of something witty to say and it's not coming. My puppy disappeared for 2 hours tonight...went out for a pee...fought with the turkeys and came back smelling like compost. What should I do?? Sorry I am responding to a question with a question.