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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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Algal bloom: its that time of year again, So keep an eye on your dog as it can make them ill

Summer is here again but just be aware there maybe Algal Bloom present in some rivers and waterways, it can make your dog very ill, so take precautions. Also check out your regional councils for the lastest updates in your area. For all of you in the Wairarapa please read:  Keeping your dog safe from algal bloom  By Vomle Springford  (regarding Henley Lake)

For anyone who hasn’t seen algal bloom before, this is what it looks like. I took these photos of the Algal Bloom in the Wetlands, at the Ashhurst. Domain.


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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in About


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Loose dogs attack and injure guide dog, owner left vulnerable

Here is a very sad story of about a visually impaired women, who’s guide dog was attacked while she was out walking with her. This lady was left vulnerable to attack as well. Another very good reason why dogs should be kept under control at all times. This could happen to you and your dog!
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in About


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Local Dog Owner Struggling with Off-Leash Addiction

A rather amusing article about an off leash dog and its owner.

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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in About


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Urban Dog Agility: Week 3 Woodville to Ashhurst

Urban Dog Agility combined with obedience is a fun way of teaching your dog to listen and focus on you, even when there are distractions.

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Posted by on June 8, 2013 in About


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Did My Dog Just Cough

“Did My Dog Just Cough” is a very good article on Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) and a must read for all dog owners.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in About


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Learning to Speak Dog

 Here’s a really good article on Learning to speak dog, it is well worth the read.
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in About


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