The park at the top of the street isn’t an off-leash dog park. Heck it isn’t even a dog park if you want to be technical. It’s a soccer field surrounded by trails.
Most people who walk on the trails either have a dog, or have had a dog in the past. Most of these people walk(ed) their dogs at the park off-leash.
There are a lot of people who use this park, but most of them don’t care to walk their dogs with me. When I mentioned that in a post a couple of days ago, a few of you asked why.
This is the way I see it.
I’m a conscientious dog owner. I want to make sure that my dogs are well-behaved and respectful. I do not want to be the reason that animal control says you can’t walk your dogs up here anymore.
Okay, I do admit I fall into that…..what did Kristine call it?
Oh yes…..MDIF (my dog is friendly) category but for the most part I’m very consciousness when I walk my dogs.
I keep my dogs close by and do not like them to be out of my sight for a number of reasons.
I always pick up after my dogs when they poop.
Okay you got me… if Sampson goes off the trail and poops, no I do not go in after that, and yes I might sometimes push some poop off the trail if Delilah decides to squat where she’s walking.
But I never, ever leave my dog’s poop anywhere that someone could step in it. When they poop in the field, I pick it up.
Besides, I need to make sure their having normal poops. 🙂
Most of the people walk with dogs, but there are some who walk alone.
Let’s face it, not all people are dog people and those people do not want to come across an unaccompanied dog that they have no idea whether the dog is friendly or not.
This person could call animal control or worse, scare or hurt your dog.
Or your dog could hurt someone else.
“S’s” dog Brady is a jumper. Not too long ago he jumped on a mentally disabled person causing them to lose their balance. The person went down a number of stairs, somehow (amazingly) managing to remain on his feet. Imagine the trouble ‘S’ and Brady would have been in if he hadn’t.
Delilah loves to run off the trail and scope out other people’s property. She will scrounge around looking for food. Maybe this doesn’t bother some people, but what if she damaged something? Remember the time she got caught on the air conditioning unit? It’s a good thing (for me) that she didn’t do any damage, I would have been responsible for that.
The few people who do walk their dogs on leash do so for a reason. Perhaps their dogs are fearful, maybe they are runners like Delilah. They do not want unleashed dogs rushing up to their dog.
One would hope that no-one would let an unpredictable dog off-leash but we all know that not every dog owner is responsible. I like to supervise any meetings my dogs have.
We are walking on hiking trails. This means there are rocks, cliffs and fallen trees. How can I help my dog if (s)he becomes injured if I do not know where they are?
Not to mention animals. There are wild animals that could really hurt my dogs up there. Granted they should not be out during the day, but I’m pretty sure if they’re rabid they don’t worry about what time of day it is.
I have big dogs, I worry about bloat. I’m very cautious about making sure we wait two hours after eating.
Sometimes I walk before breakfast, but I still make sure to wait an hour before I feed them their meal.
But there are kids who like to go into the park at night and have bonfires. They sit around the fire drinking alcohol and baking potatoes. Not that a potato should hurt my dogs, but you never know what else those kids are doing.
And it’s not just food items that can be dangerous, there are bugs, small animals and plants that can be dangerous to your dogs. If you don’t know where your dog is you cannot monitor what your dog is eating. And if you don’t know what your dog ate, you can’t tell the vet and get the proper treatment.
You get the point, right?
Most people who walk their dogs where I walk don’t think like this. Walking with me doesn’t jive with their way of thinking.
I sometimes feel like I’m the only one who walks up there that even has a clue about what could happen with/to their dog.
Are you like me, surrounded by people who don’t train the same way you do?