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Old 11-13-2005, 02:04 AM
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I am having a dispute with my partner at the moment about the benefits of off-lead walking/training/romping etc...

He seems very much against it, almost as if he wants to train Ruby by totally avoiding any situation where she might jump on another dog, not come when she's called etc....

To me this seems like a bad idea because without exposure to these situations she'll never learn. But we always end up arguing about it and I was after some other people's advice and opinions.

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Old 11-13-2005, 06:53 AM
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Im 100% against off-leash doing anything...
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:59 AM
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I'm 100% for walking off leash - except in the city. 99.9% of people walk their dogs off leash around here. If you happen to know you have an 'aggressive' dog, then for sure it should be leashed. So far so good.
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Old 11-13-2005, 07:19 AM
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Our dogs are only puppies so this is for them to learn. They are not the slightest bit aggressive - only excitable. Apparently all Labradoodles are a little bit loony so we're not surprised!! But I want them to learn to socialise with other dogs/people so I want them to learn how to behave off-lead. I would never do it while they're still unpredictable when there are children around, but adults and other dogs? I think they need to learn...
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:07 AM
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I think training your dogs to behave off-leash is very important. What if you're taking a walk, the leash unclips, and your dog sees a squirrel across the street. He starts to bolt. What if you can't tell him "stay" or "come" and know he'll obey? He'll get hit by a car.

I do not think that walking off-lead near busy streets etc. is a good idea, and you should ALWAYS obey leash laws.
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:12 AM
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I see where you're coming from about teaching them how to behave off-leash, but to me, it's something that needs to handled mainly by off-leash obedience work. I would never, ever walk my dog off-lead in the city.

Even with the most well-trained dog, there are too many variables to worry about in urban areas. Your dog could try to run up to and play with a dog with aggression problems. Or a squirrel could run by. I personally get nervous whenever I see a dog off-leash and I'm walking Zeus. Zeus has been threatened twice and attacked once by dogs who were off-leash (the owners swore that their dogs "never did that before"). The leash isn't necessarily there to restrict your dog, it's also there to let other passers-by know that your dog is under control and there's nothing to worry about.
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:43 AM
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Yep, I agree with all of that. Our dogs are only allowed off-leash in designated dog exercise areas - parks, dog beach and so on - never along the street or near a street, and rarely when there are more than one or two other dogs around. We tend to take them right out into the middle of a park and let them off there. So I'd say they'd spend 95% of time on a leash, and about 5% off. But it's at parks etc where my partner has a problem with it - we never do it anywhere else anyway - but he still wants them to be on the lead at proper dog exercise parks where it's allowed and encouraged. I just don't think they should be on ALL the time...
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:49 AM
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If it makes him more comfortable, you could get tracking leads and let them run around dragging the leads. That way they're free in a way, but if you need to grabt them, you can.
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a good compromise might be to use a long.. what do you call it ?..it***180;s like a really long lead, i guess a tracking lead and when ever the dog does something it shouldnt ,then you just stomp on it.. this way other ppl dont have to deal with your dog running up to them or their dogs..
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I don't think that any dog should be off leash unless in a contained area or in a dog park.
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