Leash laws exist for a reason. I really don't want to rant too much here, but I feel that some people on here may benefit from hearing this.
I was recently walking my dogs on the beach and almost had a major problem. Of course I let my dogs off leash on the beach to run and swim in the ocean. However, I always keep on alert and aware of who may be approaching. I have pretty good verbal command over my dogs, but all that goes out the window when other dogs approach. This is why I keep mine on their leashes around other dogs, and I always leash mine up as soon as I see anyone (or dog) approaching.
This idiot on the beach had no verbal command over his dog, which instantly ran up to my Dad's dog. I had to drag my dogs over the sand dune to avoid this dog. Did I mention that one of my dogs can be pretty dog aggressive and I may have had a major dog fight on my hands? Three times this man got control over his dog only to have the dog run at my Dad's dog again. This is three times I had to hop a sand dune to avoid a potential dog fight. The third time I yelled at the guy to put his dog on a leash, and he finally did.
I should NOT have to drag my leashed dogs over a sand dune where all the thorny sand spurs are and I should NOT have to start my Saturday morning by dropping the F-Bomb several times at the top of my lungs at some jerk who can't control his dog. Maybe I should have just let the dogs work it out and let this guy handle a vet bill. Of course I wouldn't, out of concern for both dogs.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. Simple point here - if you don't have complete verbal control over your dog, keep it on a leash.
One of the reasons I rarely take Salty off the property anymore for walks. Shame too because she LOVED walking the trails by our house. But I have no control over or faith in other people and the way they handle their dogs.
Personally I don't think any dog should be off leash in any public area,regardless of how well trained someone thinks their dog is.
Mine are always on a leash unless they are swimming, as they love to go out quite far, since they are water dogs. When others approach though, I call them and they come to me and I leash them once again. I do try to walk/swim them when others are not likely to be around. My dogs love other dogs, are very gentle, but that is not the case with others and I don't want to antagonize another dog.
My dogs know their commands and how to walk, so I could walk them off leash with probably no problem, but I don't want to risk it.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
I SO agree. Just because your dog is sweet and friendly-- VERY friendly, in fact, loves to run up and "say hi" to other dogs-- does NOT mean that MY dog wants to meet him. If he runs up in my leashed dog's personal space, there is a fair chance that little Friendly will be hurt. And no doubt Loving Owner would be wanting ME to take care of the vet bill!