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Deadly Trust

This is a great article and echo’s the advice I constantly give on a daily basis.

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One of my early clients tragically lost her dog. He was a sweet boy.  Very responsive, a dream to work with and the owner did her work. We had discussed safety, using leashes on walks, etc. over our sessions.  She liked to have her dogs off leash when she hiked.  Well I used to hike with my dogs, off leash, specific areas where it was allowed at the time, and my dogs had a lot of training, proofing and testing.  Even at that, often my dogs were on leash.  That was also over twenty years ago and I have changed my views a lot since then about general safety.  You see, I knew my dogs’ limits but I cannot control other elements such as oh…  Other loose animals.  So now, I keep my dogs on leash unless it is a competition requiring off leash work.

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The New Invention EVERY Dog Owner Needs

A very good but true, tongue in cheek video from Dog Matters Dog Training, Bundaberg, Queensland Australia.

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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in About


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Dear “normal dog” owners…

This is a very well written post, that many dog owners can relate to, especially if you have a reactive dog,  it is about off leash dogs in on leash areas.

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An event last night prompted this.  Not a huge, catastrophic event.  Just something small and annoying that is happening more frequently.  Inara and I were out for a walk with some friends and their dogs.  We were getting ready for our final lap around the park when a woman with two German Shepherds unhooked their leashes and started throwing a ball for them.  Hardly a crisis, the dogs seemed very well-mannered and focused on their ball.  The problem was that this was in an on-leash only park.  Inara started barking because, though she’s come so very far, two large sprinting dogs is still too much for her.  So we had to cut our walk short.  As I dragged Inara back to my car, I called across the park to remind the woman that leashes are required.  I found out later from my walking buddies that after I left, she told…

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in About


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Off Leash Dogs in Public Areas: no manners, common sense or are some just confused!

Off Leash Dogs in Public Areas: no manners, common sense or are some just confused!

I am not sure whether some dog owners are confused, don’t give a toss or don’t have any common sense or manners, when it comes to walking their off leash dog, in public areas.

Whether its a dog park, beach, reserve or park if these places are open to the public, by public I mean everyone, off leash dogs must be kept under control, just because the sign says OFF LEASH doesn’t give dog owners the right, to let their dog wander around and annoy other people or dogs.

Dogs off leash, must be kept under continuous control at all times as per the Dog Control Act. Common sense and manners is called for here, if you see your dog wandering off or annoying someone else, call it back and leash your dog or better yet, leash your dog beforehand. As an owner of a off leash dog you are liable for anything your dog does, as it is your responsibility to keep your dog under control.

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 stand and watch while some other person has to deal with your dog, like I had to do yesterday.

The lady in question just stood there calling her dog, which had no intentions of going back to her, I asked her to put it on a lead, she said she would, if it came back to her. Not quite sure of the logic there, still trying to work that one out.  Then she said the signs says “Off Leash” I said yes it does but this is a public park and your dog must be kept under control.

So it seems to me, she was clearly confused, so maybe its time the councils added some more information to their “OFF LEASH” signs, such as “Dogs must be kept under continuous control at all times” By doing that, they may lessen the confusion.

Unfortunately, the above incident isn’t an isolated event, it seems to be happening more and more and It does make me wonder, if an off leash dog did cause a problem for someone else, how many dog owners would stand up and take responsibility for their dogs actions. (keeping in mind its not the dogs fault) or would they just grab their dog and disappear. Below are links to more relevant articles.

Dog off leash but not under control & When is a dog park not a dog park, when its a public park or reserve

Dogs, Wildlife &  Human Complacency

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in About


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Fledgling Kaka mauled to death by dog

Fledgling Kaka mauled to death by dog

Fledgling Kaka was mauled to death by a dog  it was found in Huntleigh Park in Ngaio, Wellington. This incident was reported in the New Zealand Herald on the 20/2/15.

All wildlife should be treated with respect as it is a privilege to see any wildlife, in its natural environment. Dog owners, who choose to take their dog with them on trips or outings, should have total control of their dog, at all times. The Dog Control Act  still applies. Dog owners are required by law to use or carry a leash in public .

I hate saying this but too many dog owners these days are too complacent and have a “she’ll be right attitude” it doesn’t matter where you are, or whether it be wildlife, a person or another dog, you need to have your “eyes wide open”, be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you 100% of the time. Letting your dog run way a head of you or even out of sight, is not having your dog under control.

You should be able to call your dog back at a moments notice, If you don’t have a good recall on your dog, don’t have it off the lead.

If you are unsure as a dog owner what is expected of you, when you are out and about with your dog, please read the following articles.

When is a dog park not a dog park, when its a public park or reserve  and  Dog off lead but not under control and Dogs Wildlife and Human Complacency






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Posted by on February 24, 2015 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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