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Dog Exercise Areas

By Flattie01 16 September 2009 71

Golden Retrievers sharing a stickI am a Weston Creek resident that regularly walk/run my two dogs in the designated off-leash exercise area at the back of Fisher, behind the fire station on Sulwood Drive. On numerous occasions I have been the target of verbal abuse for having my dogs off the leash. I would like to point out to other residents of surrounding suburbs that when you walk or run with or without a dog in this area, you WILL encounter dogs off the leash.

My dogs are friendly , they will lick you to death before they’d ever bite you or your dog. My dogs are under my control when I am with them, they simply want to say hello to you and/or your dog and then continue on their merry way. There is no need to yell and scream ‘get your dogs away from me’, as the woman late yesterday afternoon did. If you chose to bring your dog to this area, you CAN expect a visit from multiple dogs also in the area. To another woman, also yelling and screaming ‘put your dogs on a leash, I have had a bad encounter with other dogs’, again, if you chose to walk your dog in this designated area, expect to come across other dogs on and off the leash. If you’ve had a bad experience and crap yourself at the sight of another dog and don’t want your dog interacting with other dogs, then do yourself a favour and take them somewhere else, not the designated off-leash exercise area at the back of Fisher reserve for goodness sake.

Has anyone else out there experienced these yellers and screamers either in this off-leash area or another off-leash area in Canberra?

[TAMS provides information and maps of Canberra’s Dog Exercise Areas.]

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Gin02 12:49 pm 04 Oct 09

Dogwalker, please do us a favour and don’t take your dog to one of the fenced off-leash parks – I’m thinking neither yourself or the dog would cope very well.

deezagood 12:40 pm 04 Oct 09

Genie said :

We live next to an off leash area. The other day I was witness to a small dog being mauled to death by two larger dogs. The big dogs were on a lead, but the smaller one was not. The owner of the big dogs had no control over them and they went crazy. So regardless of your opinion on this – please be careful, as some dogs are vicious when approached. I love dogs and hate to see this sort of thing happen. But happen it does. If you cannot control your dogs – please muzzle them.

Oh my ! This is horrible

Isn’t there a law that states aggressive breeds of dogs are required to be muzzled when out in public? I know greyhounds are meant to be, does anyone know if this is true or not?

Hi genie,

Greyhounds areb required to be muzzled in the ACT, although many states have overturned this law if the dogs have been passed by the State’s Greyhound Adoption program, as the dogs are tested ‘safe’ with small fluffy dogs before they are adopted out. As a breed, greyhounds are probably the ‘safest’ with humans; extremely gentle and respectful with their people (they were originally bred as companion dogs for royalty). I have never met a greyhound that wasn’t loving, cuddly and affectionate with people – the muzzle gives people the impression that they are mean-natured, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Unfortunately the horrible sport of greyhound racing requires the dogs to chase small, fluffy things, as as such, some greyhounds (not all) need ‘reprogramming’ after their racing days are over – to quell that strong chase drive. Once the dogs realise that the small, fluffy things are actually other dogs (not rabbits), they are usually fine with other dogs … but some hounds won’t ever be able to get past that strong desire to chase. Greyhound owners are very aware of their own dog’s tendencies, and will opt to muzzle if there is any doubt (especially as this is the law). But there is no need to freak out if you see an unmuzzled greyhound, as this particular dog is most likely to be quite safe and under the control of the owner. I always keep Mum’s greyhound muzzled at the dog park though, just because you can never be 100% sure, and they are very large dogs!

Pandy 10:08 am 04 Oct 09

Dogwalker are you really that secure and responsible to have a dog under your control? i think not. Dogs will be dogs and occassionally they will have a tumble. Most owners know how to cope. If your dog can not handle it, then don’t take your dog to a off lead area. Plently of other areas to go to and hold your breath and turn blue, without spoiling it for others.

Chill pill.

astrojax 9:47 am 04 Oct 09

why do you assume a ‘rottweiler’ is anything to be more scared of than a corgi, bassett or pekinese, dogwalker? a rottweiler will submit to a dominant dog – mine sure does – and knows its place like every other dog. as jb notes, take a chill pill and let the hounds sort themselves out. you mightn’t know the other dog, but your dog should have a good sense of it and you should have a good sense of your dog. heaven help us if we’ve got bods like you doing security with a rotty and not understanding dogs! (poor rotty, too)

Postalgeek 4:47 pm 03 Oct 09

@#65 You need to slow down and sniff a few more butts. Sounds like your dog must get heaps of exercise, leashed to someone running around all the time in an apoplectic fit.

johnboy 1:19 pm 03 Oct 09

Might be worth learning to speak dog if you want to keep one.

Take a pill and relax.

dogwalker 1:07 pm 03 Oct 09

MsCheeky said :

Dogwalker, when you pick your dog up, you are (in dog language) elevating it above the other dog, putting it into a dominant position. This is more likely to cause a problem than leaving it down and letting it submit if necessary, and it potentially involves you in any altercation. Dogs don’t generally go around fighting and killing each other, they just quickly sort out their respective positions in the dog hierarchy. Of course there are dangerous dogs, but they are few and far between.

And really, it’s a little unnecessary to shout at us and brand an entire city as stupid. If you don’t like it here, you have the choice to move somewhere smart.

Well First i am not a dog so i do not understand dog talk ????? i am protecting my dog from yours because i do not know your dog. you say your dog is friendly but i dont know you either to believe you. i used to work security with a Rottweiler, would you allow your “dominant” dog to approach him? i think not. i am not the “Dog” expert you claim to be and wish nothing more than to be able to walk my dog WITHOUT him being approached by dogs that are clearly not in the control of their owners. Now unnecessary to shout at you? no, i am not going to shout at your dog for being a dog it will be at you for imo being an irresponsible dog owner. as far as still living in this STUPID town… blame my wife she wont let us move. off leash areas on public sporting fields = STUPID. in closing PUT YOUR DOG ON A LEASH!!!!!!

Rad Dave 12:08 pm 23 Sep 09

Hey Clown Killer- my dog wants to meet your dog! Maybe we could sort out some exclusive dog of leash area with some sort of vetting procedure (haha)to keep annoying dogs and their owners away..

Clown Killer 11:34 am 23 Sep 09

Sorry mate. When your dog comes up to my dominant beastie, and my dog is tearing into him is he going to return to your side when called? Instinct wouldn’t get the better of him? He would just turn away ( all the while getting fanged) and trot back to your side! You may have a need to feel like you have total control over your dog however i highly doubt this is always the case.

Musty, I’m aware that Akita’s can be a handful for inexperienced owners who have little idea about dog handling, so you’re making the right call in keeping your dog on a leash if you don’t have the ability to control it.

Lilli 8:41 am 23 Sep 09

Thanks to all who offered advice on our hyperactive under-socialised pup! Will try a few different places and see how things turn out.

busgirl – if you were interested in meeting up with our furry children for a play date, drop me an email at (no hard feelings if you don’t want to! Just seems like our pups are of very similar temperament, would be worth seeing how they get along). We’re in Mawson.

la mente torbida 9:45 am 18 Sep 09

I walk my 2 dogs daily. In off-leash areas it is a constant scanning of the surroundings to see if other dogs are in the vicinity (sp?).

The big issue seems to be where some dogs are on lead and others are not. Where other dogs are off-leash mine have a great time chasing and running with them.

When mine are on-leash or the others are, there seems to be potential for grief.

Be aware of your surroundings and take care.

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