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Old 05-03-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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I think it is a bad assumption to call those who walk off leash when the dog is actually sticking tight to the heel position as "stupid". Some dogs really are trained that well and are less of a problem than those who have out of control dogs pulling on leashes dragging them down the sidewalk and getting others caught up in the mess of the leash in the process (usually those on the retractible leashes...don't even get me started).

Some dogs will actually not leave that heel position for anything unless commanded to do so by their owner.

I mean seriously, is a dog going to be safer on leash if a car comes up onto the sidewalk and hits the owner than off-leash? No, I'd call the "for the dog's safety" a failed arguement by the OP in this busy street scenario for the most obediently trained dogs. Is it safe for most dogs, unlikely, but for those few whose owners have done a fantastic job in their training, yes.

stupid as in those who think the leash laws don't apply to them and their little darlings...... who are so good and so sweet and so well behaved and so friendly.... MOST of the time.....

there are a FEW dogs that are as highly trained as you describe.... a very few....

and how often does one hear of a car driving up onto a sidewalk?? and then hitting a person??
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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Yup and any dog can get scared by something sudden. I don't think any dog is 100% - they are living creatures.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I was walking my leashed dog when an unleashed dog that had been placidly lying on its porch with its owner along the block where we were walking suddenly got up to dart across a busy street to "visit" my dog...and was promptly hit by a car doing so. I was horrified. I was equally horrified by the owner, who was angry at ME for walking by with my leashed dog, and therefore "making" her unleashed dog cross the street. Who lives on a busy urban street and leaves their dog offleash?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I was walking my leashed dog when an unleashed dog that had been placidly lying on its porch with its owner along the block where we were walking suddenly got up to dart across a busy street to "visit" my dog...and was promptly hit by a car doing so. I was horrified. I was equally horrified by the owner, who was angry at ME for walking by with my leashed dog, and therefore "making" her unleashed dog cross the street. Who lives on a busy urban street and leaves their dog offleash?
Whoa!!! That's terrible!!!! Was the dog OK?

I suspect that because the woman was embarrassed by her own stupidity, she felt the need to deflect that and blamed you. No, it's not right, but I'm guessing that that's where her head was at.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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Oh my TabulaRasa, that's so sad and scary. Was the dog ok?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Oh how awful. Very sad :-(
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It was horribly sad. I suspect that the dog had at the very least a broken leg. It did get up and ran back to the yard, but on three legs. I was hoping that its injuries were no worse than that, but I have no way of knowing. I did direct the woman to the closest vet clinic, which happened to be the one I use. Truth be known, I was equally furious with the driver of the car who hit the dog, who just drove off.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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It was horribly sad. I suspect that the dog had at the very least a broken leg. It did get up and ran back to the yard, but on three legs. I was hoping that its injuries were no worse than that, but I have no way of knowing. I did direct the woman to the closest vet clinic, which happened to be the one I use. Truth be known, I was equally furious with the driver of the car who hit the dog, who just drove off.
They drove off?!?!?! Good grief, you were dealing with an idiot AND an ass!
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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Never ceases to amaze how unbelievable people can be. Poor dog deserves better.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:56 PM
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Location: West Virginia
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In my Town Dogs Must be on Leash UNLESS they are fully Obedience Trained in Voice Control! What I dont get is people using Flex Leashes Full out & dog in middle of the road while the owner Not even on the curb! My dogs IF they get ahead of me STOP at each curb wait for me then cross at heal...then they would forge ahead til the next curb!

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