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Keep your dog under close control - often ignored

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On rare occasions that we leave the house at the moment my partner and I have taken to going across to a nearby park and taking a walk around the outskirts and then back home again.  The park is also used by dog walkers and that's what this gripe is about.

The council have placed clearly visible signs around the park instructing people to keep their dogs under control at all times.  However, either some people can't read, or they think that this rule doesn't apply to them.  On one of the rare sunny days recently we decided to stop half way and sit on a bench for a while.  After a short while a dog walker came along and of course their dog wasn't on a lead.  Instead it was running around and taking a crap wherever it wanted.  At least the owner cleaned up, so many of them don't.

Respect other peoples enjoyment of the park by not allowing your dog to become a nuisance

Midlothian Council park sign - Keep your dog under close control The dog then decided to run across to where we were sitting and jumped up with its paws landing on me.  Luckily it was dry and the paws weren't muddy.  This has happened to me before in the past and I've had clean clothes soiled.  Anyway, the owner retrieved the dog in this case and didn't seem to think anything was wrong.  It's perfectly natural to let your dog run around and jump up at complete strangers.

I don't think this is actually okay and if you're taking your dog for a walk in a public place it SHOULD be kept under control at all times, ideally on a lead (as in the picture).

Whilst we're on the subject of dogs out of control.  My partner came across the following on social media:

"Just to make people aware that my son's dog was attacked in Easthouses park a short time ago.  He was walking on leash when a light coloured Staffy type dog who was off leash came running up and attacked.  My daughter in law was screaming at the owner to get his dog and had to kick at it.  When the owner came over he apologised and said his dog was in heat and that would be the reason he went for Pip.  For goodness sake when will people learn to control their dogs?  The owner left in a car.  Vet treatment was required for Pip and this is the second time this has happened to him."

As you see there can also be issues with other dogs.  Also, not everyone loves dogs, in fact some people fear them or may have been traumatised by some incident involving a dog in the past. 

Stop being so selfish and stick to the rules!

By: Kenny


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Eagleeye

Eagleeye

Dogs not on leads in built up and populated areas should be destroyed
26/05 Eagleeye
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Dogs>kids

Dogs>kids

@cromwell. So should your annoying children !
03/05 Dogs>kids
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LancashireLass

LancashireLass

I have nothing against dogs and their owners as long as they are responsible owners. What I don’t get is why they use poo bags only to hang them in trees, bushes and god forbid people’s gardens. What makes it worse is that the poo bags are a disgusting way to litter, you have taken the trouble to pick the mess up so why not dispose of the bag of mess in an appropriate manner.
27/04 LancashireLass
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Cromwell1646

Cromwell1646

Agreed why dodog owners think we all love hem? I hate them after being badly bitten by one. Also they foul beaches wher folks are often barfoot. Dogs should be totally banned from all beaches
23/04 Cromwell1646
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Say no

Say no

Restaurants, cafes and the like which allow dogs are the ones to avoid. Disgusting. Eating and drinking with a stinking dog in the place. Horrible.
16/04 Say no
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Say a big no to dogs

Say a big no to dogs

Not to mention all the sh*!t they leave everywhere.
13/04 Say a big no to dogs
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Neht

Neht

Worse still, dog owners who refer to their dogs as furbabies.
12/04 Neht
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Keep your dog at home

Keep your dog at home

The trouble with dog owners is that they think everyone loves or is interested in their dog.
12/04 Keep your dog at home
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Julie

Julie

Animal testing.
06/04 Julie
9
Kenny

Kenny

The headline to the story below. I was just going to post that up too!

"Woman killed by two escaped dogs in West Midlands"
03/04 Kenny
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You

You

And they wonder why people don't like dogs...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-56617182
03/04 You
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Andy

Andy

Totally agree. Dog owners think everyone loves their pet. I don't want their flea ridden mutt jumping up at me or sniffing around. They should be kept on a short lead at all times or exercised in a dedicated dog field away from everyone else. No doubt all the dog lovers will disagree, but as someone who doesn't like dogs I wish dog lovers would recognise not everyone likes their animals especially the little yapping ones which look like overgrown rats.
03/04 Andy
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