Disrespectful Dog Owners – Guest Blog Joyful Paws
Hello everyone, I hope you are all coping with this blisteringly hot summer so far!
In this edition, something which appears to be severely lacking in some people.
One of my clients had approached me for help with her 2 dogs after they were attacked by a Staffy whilst she was out on a walk. Her 7 year old Jack Russell was badly injured during the attack, yet the owner of the Staffy involved offered absolutely no apology, and despite my client having successfully gotten his dog off hers, he then immediately let his dog loose to attack her boys yet again!
This is highly irresponsible behaviour, and the entire incident understandably left my client feeling traumatised and extremely anxious during subsequent walks. Not only was she concerned about the presence of approaching dogs, but she also worried that her own dogs were becoming aggressive upon seeing them.
With my help, she has worked extremely hard with her dogs during the past 2 months, and has managed to overcome her anxiety to once again enjoy walks with her dogs. So just imagine her horror when her dogs were attacked yet again, this time by an out of control Husky whose owner was absolutely nowhere to be seen !
This attack resulted in another serious injury for her poor Jack Russell, and it later transpired that the owner of this particular dog had been reported to the police several times previously for similar incidents. Yet he still selfishly allows his dog to run free and cause complete havoc, even injury, to innocent parties.
So what I would like to highlight is the necessity for dog owners to be respectful towards each other. If your dog refuses to come back when you call it, then do NOT let it off the lead. Simple.
If someone is walking their dog on a lead and yours is running free, then call him back and put him back on his lead out of common courtesy and safety’s sake. You have no idea why their dog is on lead ~ it may not recall, it might be on the Exemption Register and therefore have to be on lead, it may have just had surgery, or it may be aggressive towards other dogs and/or people ~ so letting your dog run over to greet it is downright bad manners.
Even if your dog is friendly, the dog on lead may not be, and it may react aggressively in its own defence. At the very least, you should ask the owner if his dog may be approached, but ideally you should maintain control of your own dog.
The upshot is, if your dog runs off and is out of your sight and won’t recall, then it is out of control, and you will have absolutely no idea of what it is up to; it may worry sheep or other livestock, run into traffic and cause an accident or worse still be killed, it might worry a nervous dog, or as in the case of my client, attack innocent dogs which are unable to defend themselves because they are restricted on a lead and cannot escape.
Remember, it is your responsibility to maintain control of your dog in the interests of public safety, and under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is possible for any dog to be seized if found to be ‘dangerously out of control in a public place’. This may well result in heavy fines for you, possibly even a prison sentence, or worse still, euthanisation of your dog.
So please, have consideration for others and don’t put either your dog or anyone else’s at risk. And if your dog IS out of control, then feel free to contact me for assistance.