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View Poll Results: Do you obey your local leash laws?
Always 25 64.10%
Sometimes--Not when we're in quiet areas or on a short walk around the neighborhood 14 35.90%
Rarely--I don't usually leash my dog 0 0%
Never---I don't think my dog needs a leash. 0 0%
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:54 PM
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I don't always follow the leash laws.
Officially, a dog has to be on leash here in the builded area and may be offleash in rural areas, unless signs say otherwise. But nobody really cares or knows about the official laws here except in nature area's or in the big cities.

My dogs are offleash where it is safe and where there isn't any wildlife. I don't follow the rules precisely, for example: sometimes we are walking in the middle of nowhere but we are still officially in the builded area, the dogs will be offleash there. They are on leash in the neigbourhood and nearby roads.
I'm such an irresponsable owner
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:00 PM
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Most of the time, but there was one place where I'd let Lucas off leash where he wasn't technically suppose to be. It was the park that was fenced in almost completely (had a very small entrance/exit that wasn't gated). But I only did that when no one was around and not often. Otherwise always on leash!
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:26 PM
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always. my dogs are always leashed unless they're on private fenced property. if i would like them to have more freedom, i use 20' longlines.

personally i don't mind dogs being off-leash as long as they're under voice control and the owner does not allow their dogs to approach mine. i've seen exactly two such dogs in the past four years of being out and about with luce. i've had many MANY more negative encounters with offleash dogs either unsupervised, or under zero control by the owner.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:35 PM
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Neither of my dogs are ever off-leash within sight of a road, period. We have a few local parks that allow dogs in the fields, when people aren't there, as long as they are under voice control. Gonzo gets to be off-leash because all he focuses on is the ball/frisbee we're playing with. Fozzie doesn't play fetch, and he is only off-leash at the park for Obedience work & long distance recalls. Both of them are perfectly happy and well-exercised, nevertheless!

It is sooooooo NOT worth the risk! Maybe I'm jaded... after being right behind a car that hit a dog that was with it's owner off-leash.

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Old 12-22-2007, 07:49 AM
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I'm from Northern Ireland, in the UK. There is very little leglislation about leashing your dog here.

I see many dogs running beside their owner on a jog or beside a bike. Hopefully i'll be able to take my dog on bike rides without having to leash him to me, it would be a lot safer (if he is well-enough trained and sticks to me like glue). Otherwise he could cause me to fall off my bike, or he might stumble then be dragged along!

You'd even see a few dogs wandering around the neighbourhood themselves taking their own little walk, but they go back home after a short while. Not that i agree with this though. But noone really gets fussy about this is the dog isn't aggressive, though there is dog wardens.

The only rules really are that a 'vicious' dog must wear a muzzle in public areas, and perhaps kept on a lead.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:13 AM
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No I don't follow our leash laws since to do so would mean my dog never got to run really. I do take him out very early, and relatively late, and truth be told, Toronto is so cold that 9 months of the year there's never anyone outside at the park anyway, but it's true that I do violate the leash laws.

I really wish there was some certification or test I could do to show his level of training by which he could then be legally let off leash. At present, the local doggy cops are pretty powerless, and unless they have a real officer with them, are of no concern to me.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:19 AM
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Leash laws here are pretty much dog on a 6 foot leash unless fenced (at your home or the dog park)

The six foot thing is ignored . . . by me, and by everyone, as far as I can tell. Lots of people use retractable leashes, which I hate, but hey.

But the leash part I always comply with. Considering that I've had cops and park officers totally ignore Sarama on a 8,10 and 15 ft leash in the park, I guess no one much cares . . . as long as your dog is leashed and under control.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:23 AM
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I always keep Whisper on a leash, when we are on walks, if I don't, she will run off. Were working on that. Hershey, he gets on a leash whenever someone can help me. He stays with us. But on road walks he must be on a leash, because people drive like idiots on country roads.

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Old 12-22-2007, 08:24 AM
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Considering that I've had cops and park officers totally ignore Sarama on a 8,10 and 15 ft leash in the park, I guess no one much cares
Do cops actually ticket? In Toronto, we have bylaw officers who are the ones that enforce the doggy code as it were. The thing is, they are not legally able to search me so I just refuse to give them ID if and when they ask me for it. They apparently follow people home and what not, but I have not had that issue.

With regards to real police, I have had Charlie off leash in a park, albeit I was training him, right in front of a cop car with a police officer for well over an hour and he didn't even bat an eye. It's like a parking ticket here, police officers have better things to do unless your dog is a raving maniac.
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:39 AM
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ALWAYS! I can't walk Brody anymore because we have inconsiderate neighbors that walk their two dogs off leash. Luckily we have a large fenced back yard for the dogs to run loose in but it still gets me so mad because Brody loved to go on walks. For his safety I just can't risk the walks.
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