Sounds like a bunch of word twisting and baloney to me. I'd like to know where the author gets his or her facts. The majority of dog attacks on the owner's property are territorial protective behavior toward strangers or possessive/aggressive behavior due to poor training or bad temperament. The real problems are when a vicious dog gets loose and attacks people. We had a rash of dog attacks in our town over the past couple of years and every single one involved a dog getting loose and attacking people or dogs in the street so I don't know what this person is talking about. Also, leashing and tethering are 2 very different things. We have laws in our town that state a dog cannot be tied more than 8 (possibly 9, my dogs are never tied) hours in any day or the owner is liable to be fined. Dogs on leashes get plenty of socialization. Tethering a dog in a yard all the time is proven to strengthen its territorial instincts and deprive it of socialization-those are the dogs that cause trouble when they get loose. The author throws in lack of training as a factor having to do with leashes. What utter garbage. Lack of training will cause a problem with or without a leash and is the owner's fault for being lazy. What does that have to do with the leash causing the problem? Another point, the author refers to bygone days when dogs roamed freely through the streets. Get real, those days are gone because the streets are not the same not because of leash laws. If a dog gets loose here it has a very high likelihood of meeting up with a car or a dog protecting its turf or a person who has no concern for protecting lost dogs. It simply isn't safe out there. Hooray for leash laws!
***Edited By: arachyd on 6/29/2006 7:48:41 PM*** Reason: just hadda do it (spelling)
Leashes dont cause dog bites. The owners cause dog bites. People leave their dogs tied 24/7, people dont train their dogs, people abuse their dogs, people dont socialize their dogs, people take on breeds they cant handle... and that leads to dog bites. Not a leash.
I agree with arachyd leash laws arn't there for dog bites, alone there are so many things that are better with leash laws, dog fights, dogs pooing in your yard, dog getting hit by cars, dogs digging in garbage, dogs getting taken the list goes on and on. People that are not responcible enought to keep their pets under control at all times are to belmae whan something goes wrong.
yes I understand that dogs get loose, mine do, but i dont just open the door and let them.
I don't think leash laws cause dog bites. Take the case of a purebred german sheapard we had. Gorgeous dog, we got him from a byb (didnt know better then) and the environment there was questionable at best. --We went to get a female and took him because the female was so sick she couldnt stand up. :( Looking back we should have either taken her or both but we were young, my oldest was just 2 and I was pregnant with my daughter. As Turbo grew, "I" saw more and more behavior that worried me. He was an INDOOR dog, only brought out on a leash to "do his thing" and for walks. NOT tied out (there goes that theory) After I had my daughter viz c section, family came...hubby was at work, and I had been telling him the dog was giving me a hard time, he seemed to know I was in a weakened state and just wouldnt obey me at all. House full of people, I told the dog to "move" and he bared his teeth and truly behaved as though he was going to bite. I stayed put but as soon as the incident was over I baby gated him into the kitchen. --My husband still didnt believe me that the dog had behaved this way despite a house full of people. Time went on and things were getting worse. He would block access to the baby...at first we thought he was guarding her, but no...as she grew, it was clear he did not hold any lovely feelings toward her! --He would also knock my oldest (2 1/2 year old) down to the floor and stand over him so he couldnt stand back up. Turbo went to live with the in laws, who, had been taking him and the oldest one night per week every weekend. A few months later, we moved in with them. Turbo was now REALLY bad, they sent him away to be trained (VERY expensive) he came back incredibly trained. still hated my daughter who now was crawling. She could NOT be put on the floor when the dog was in the house. He would growl, bare teeth, etc. I was now terrified of the dog. If he was put out on his run which went into the garage and you went into the garage, when your back was turned he would nip at your legs, when you turned around he would growl. We moved out and left Turbo there. We bagan looking for a golden retriever for our family, , just after we got our first golden Turbo bit a friend that walked up the driveway to visit the in laws. They paid the doctor bill and nothing was done. couplwe months later father in law was walking him across the street to their beach property, a jogger was walking down the street and Turbo broke the METAL part of the leash (the clasp) and attacked the jogger. At this the in laws had him put down. Fo anyone to try to find "the" reaosn a dog bites, sorry, I think some dogs are like people and it's just them, yes some it's circumstances that make them that way, but in this case, that dog was just plain bad. Gorgeous gorgeous dog, When he was put down he weighed in at 125 lbs--this is the same dog that had "pano" that someone had asked about about a month ago as he'd been growing.