RECENT experiences leave me dismayed at the level — or lack thereof — of responsible and courteous dog ownership.
A few days ago I was walking my Queensland heeler dog in a public place on a lead.
I noticed a woman coming towards me with a German shepherd, not on a lead and clearly not under her control. Having previously had a dog attacked (almost fatally) while I had it on a lead, I now take my dog off lead in these circumstances so that it can run or at least defend itself.
The German shepherd ran straight up to my dog and attacked within two metres of where I was standing.
It easily overpowered my dog and had it pinned on the ground in great distress.
I beat the shepherd off eventually (at risk to my person of course).
At this stage the owner astoundingly informed me that her dog is not aggressive and did not apologise for her failure to control it.
I was not diplomatic in my response to her.
My second recent experience is of a neighbour who has so far not taken action to stop their dog barking in the early hours despite polite requests to do so.
As community members and dog owners, the onus is on us to behave in a socially acceptable way and to take responsibility for the behaviour of our dogs.
Failure to do this creates a public nuisance at best, and a public safety risk at worst.
— L. FRENCH,
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