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“Hi Its’s ok I am Friendly”, the stranger said, as he ran up to you, with his arms wide open, ready to hug you. How would that make you feel?

“Hi Its’s ok I am Friendly”, the stranger said, as he ran up to you, with his arms wide open, ready to hug you. How would that make you feel?

Dogs need space, same as we do, Imagine if a total stranger were to come running up to you shouting “Hi its ok, I am friendly” then proceeded to try and hug you, invading your personal space, how would it make you feel?, would you feel threatened, frightened, scared or uncomfortable? What would you do? Try to move away, tell that person to back-off and if they didn’t, maybe lash out. You would consider that person to have no manners or respect. In other words unacceptable behaviour.

Dogs are no different, they need their our own space too. Yet many dogs have to put up with that kind of behaviour from other dogs, on a daily basis, who’s owners think its ok, to let their dog barge right on up, while shouting “Its ok my dog is friendly” without asking, if its ok to do so.

Its all about manners and respect, we as humans expect to be shown some manners and respect and dogs are no different.

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in About

 

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Eight year old boy in Hospital after being bitten by a dog, at Sunnynook Park in Auckland

Eight year old boy in Hospital after being bitten by a dog, at  Sunnynook Park in Auckland

Interestingly enough the dog was running around the park without a lead on, now this park has signs saying dogs must be leashed. Where was the owner, as there was no mention of the owner being present in the article.

Apparently the dog came up to the children, who were playing in the park and the boy tried to pat it and he got bitten on the face.

Dog Safety 101, you never approach a strange dog to pat it, as you never know what it may do, in other words leave the dog alone!

Having said that, Sunnynook Park is a public park and everyone has the right to enjoy their day out without the unwanted attention of an off leash dog.

Dog Owners need to wake-up, its not all about you and your dog! The Dog Control Act still applies, where ever you choose to take you dog, it must be under control at all times. Dog owners are required by law, to carry or have their dog leashed in a public place. As you are responsible for your dogs actions.

Click here to read Dog bite puts boy in hospital and When is a dog park not a dog park, when its a public park and Dogs off leash but not under control.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in About

 

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When is a dog park not a dog park? When it is a public park or reserve!

When is a dog park not a dog park? When it is a public park or reserve!

Again, I find myself writing another article on another aspect of Dog Safety, that sadly seems to be getting overlooked by many people.

While there are a lot responsible dog owners out there, there are many more, who are not. While some, maybe are just confused and don’t know the difference between a designated Dog Park and/or a Public Park or Reserve, others are just too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude”.

 Dog parks are for dogs and their owners and they are called “Dog Parks”.

Public Parks, Beaches and Reserves  are exactly that, they are there for the general public (that means everyone) to enjoy.

Many, but not all public parks and reserves have areas where dog owners can walk their dogs, they may have “off leash“, “on leash” and “dogs not allowed” areas and are sign posted accordingly.

The signs are there for a reason. Unfortunately, signs only work if dog owners choose to read and take note of them.

However there maybe some confusion over the “Dogs off Leash” signs that are posted in many Public Parks and Reserves. So what do they really mean?

“Dogs Off Leash” means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under your continuous control at all times. In other words dog owners need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” and be aware of their surroundings and what is going on around them. A good recall is a must if your dog is off lead. If your dog doesn’t have a good recall then don’t have it off the lead. Use a long line instead.

Cyclists and joggers who exercise their dogs off lead also need to have their “Eyes Wide Open” and be aware of their surroundings and watch where their dog is and what it is doing.

I have left the best for last, motorists who exercise their dogs by letting them run along side their vehicle while they are driving, have no control of their dog whatsoever.

Everyone has the right to enjoy their day out, wherever they may choose to go.

"Dogs Off Leash" means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under continous control at all times.

“Dogs Off Leash” means you can have your dog off the leash but it must be under continuous control at all times

“Dogs off Leash” doesn’t give dog owners the right to let their dog run amok, harassing, startling, frightening or intimidating other members of the public, whether they are other dog owners or not.

“It’s ok my dog is friendly”, is a commonly used phrase these days, by people who have little or no control of their dog, when it’s off leash.

If your dog does run off and won’t come back, don’t just stand there calling it, put one foot in front of the other and go and get your dog. Don’t just watch while some other person has to deal with your dog.

The Dog Control act clearly states:

in sections 5 Obligations of Dog Owners and section 53 Offence of failing to keep your dog under control

 (f) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate or otherwise cause distress to any person

(g) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not injure, endanger, or cause distress to any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife

:(h) to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the dog does not damage or endanger any property belonging to any other person

Section 53 Dog Control Act Offence of failing to keep dog under control

(1) Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 who, being the owner of a dog, fails to keep that dog under control.

If you are a dog owner you are legally obligated to keep your dog under control and are liable for any damage done by your dog. the incidences of dog attacks and bites are increasing worldwide and New Zealand is no exception.  I personally believe many people these days are just too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude”.

I was reminded today of an issue I forgot to cover in this article, dog owners who don’t have a collar on their dog and don’t carry a leash with them when they are out in public. These people do exist, they are stupid and irresponsible and some are just darn right arrogant because they have no way of controlling their dog. They seem to be unaware or don’t care, about the amount of trouble they may cause and if convicted, they can be fined up to $500.  (Dog Control Act: Section 54A Owner must use or carry leash in public)

Dog owners need to protect their dogs and keep them safe and have a few manners and common sense, when it comes to taking their dog out and about.

Also read “Dogs off leash but not under control”      and the links below:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/activity-finder/dog-walking/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/10595853/Family-in-distress-after-pet-savaged-in-park

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11337126

http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/2014/dog-kills-seal-pup-on-canterbury-beach/

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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in About

 

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