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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharlee32 View Post
    Pffft...Half an acre is nothing most yards are standard half an acre.
    It all getting off topic, but where in Oz is half acre a standard block? Most 'burbs the old style blocks were 1/4 acre and newer style are lucky to be 600m2. Put a house onto those and it doesn't leave a lot of yard.

    We live on 70 acres and can guarantee that all that space does not make for a well behaved dog. DD was bitten in the face by the last resident's small dog, it could run as much as it wanted, but was never taught any discipline, would not follow commands etc - I was scared of it and it doesn't even come up to my knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arli View Post
    I personally don't understand people who are scared of dogs.
    I personally don't understand people who don't understand people who are scared of dogs.

    Ever had a dogs teeth pierce through your arm? Ever been menanced by a dog as you walk away? Ever had a dog jump onto the back of your dd who was 3 and scratch the sh1t out of her? Pretty easy to understand if you have!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I agree with Kimberlygal on this one (shock horror). I grew up in the inner west in Sydney - very densely populated, tiny courtyards, and the amount of people who have massive dogs, rotties, german shepards and those dogs just left there howling all day long while their owners are at work. Park or no park, that seems really cruel to me.
    I agree but I don't think that just because you haven't got a massive back yard doesn't mean you shouldn't have a dog. I do believe, however, that unless you:
    - have a properly fenced property where a dog cannot escape
    - have a stimulating yard for them
    - have the ability and willingness to walk the dog regularly
    - have funds to cover standard medical practices (eg worming, desexing)
    - have funds to have the dog chipped
    - do not leave you dog alone for hours on end
    - funds to pay for kennels when needed
    - and ideally insurance to cover unforeseen medical bills

    Then you shouldn't get a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    I agree but I don't think that just because you haven't got a massive back yard doesn't mean you shouldn't have a dog. I do believe, however, that unless you:
    - have a properly fenced property where a dog cannot escape
    - have a stimulating yard for them
    - have the ability and willingness to walk the dog regularly
    - have funds to cover standard medical practices (eg worming, desexing)
    - have funds to have the dog chipped
    - do not leave you dog alone for hours on end
    - funds to pay for kennels when needed
    - and ideally insurance to cover unforeseen medical bills

    Then you shouldn't get a dog.
    100% agree with everything here!

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    Yeah - I'm with you. My DS1 is extremely scared of dogs, he has anxiety issues and sees a psychologist and at the end of the day - I care more about him, than some persons right to walk their dog off a leash because they dont "get" why some people are frightened of dogs.

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeForWine View Post
    I personally don't understand people who don't understand people who are scared of dogs.

    Ever had a dogs teeth pierce through your arm? Ever been menanced by a dog as you walk away? Ever had a dog jump onto the back of your dd who was 3 and scratch the sh1t out of her? Pretty easy to understand if you have!!!

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    I am talking court yards, not backyards. And the sounds of unrelenting howling throughout the day tells me these dogs are not happy. Most court yards in the inner west are the size of my bedroom - I just don't see how that can possibly make for a happy big dog, little dogs that need no exercise sure, but big working dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    I agree but I don't think that just because you haven't got a massive back yard doesn't mean you shouldn't have a dog. I do believe, however, that unless you:
    - have a properly fenced property where a dog cannot escape
    - have a stimulating yard for them
    - have the ability and willingness to walk the dog regularly
    - have funds to cover standard medical practices (eg worming, desexing)
    - have funds to have the dog chipped
    - do not leave you dog alone for hours on end
    - funds to pay for kennels when needed
    - and ideally insurance to cover unforeseen medical bills

    Then you shouldn't get a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I am talking court yards, not backyards. And the sounds of unrelenting howling throughout the day tells me these dogs are not happy. Most court yards in the inner west are the size of my bedroom - I just don't see how that can possibly make for a happy big dog, little dogs that need no exercise sure, but big working dogs?
    There are quite a few big dogs that don't require much exercise, Great Danes, etc and a lot of small dogs that do. I completely agree that people need to have time for their dogs and find it really sad when they don't. We have neighbors across the laneway that have a bulldog in a one-bed unit with a balcony, she's home alone pretty much from 7-7 everyday and goes to the bathroom on the balcony, I never see them walk her. I do see her go nuts in their living room though, she doesn't bark, but she loves to give the couch cushions a good shake, or the rug, or anything else they leave lying around! DH and I always hear her getting yelled at. I feel like offering to take her for a walk! I often try to tell no to her when I see her being naughty but she never hears me .

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    I love dogs but having them off lead in a kids play area is selfish. Dogs wee and poo for one, its not healthy . As much as I love dogs I don't trust kids and dogs together. Kids get right into dogs faces and dogs can feel threatened by this. I have been around dogs my whole life but even my son who has autism got bitten by my spaniel. We had to rehome her with this kind lady thankfully. My son just couldn't understand that you don't act the way he did around dogs. For parents it's a major stress having to watch out for your child around unattended off lead dogs. We used to have a playground at the end of our road and this guy used to let his big American bull terriers wander around. It used to stress me out so much. The guy used to say its ok they love kids and I used to say ' yes but I don't trust my kids to treat your dogs the way your dogs would like' , he didn't get it. I would call the ranger and go the dog poop and germs avenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Yeah - I'm with you. My DS1 is extremely scared of dogs, he has anxiety issues and sees a psychologist and at the end of the day - I care more about him, than some persons right to walk their dog off a leash because they dont "get" why some people are frightened of dogs.
    Ageed! My dd is still scared of dogs - doesnt matter how big or small (being knocked to the ground with a ball of muscle mastiff will do this too you) - and uncontrolled dogs running riot in CHILDRENS areas does not help her get over the issue. Oh and the dog that knocked her down and scratched the crap out of her back in the process - was just 'playing'.... *rolls eyes*

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Yeah - I'm with you. My DS1 is extremely scared of dogs, he has anxiety issues and sees a psychologist and at the end of the day - I care more about him, than some persons right to walk their dog off a leash because they dont "get" why some people are frightened of dogs.
    That's fine, you have every right to care about whatever you like. But other people might care more about *everyone* in society having access to areas that are suitable for their needs. One of those needs for many people is exercising and socialising their dogs off leash.


 

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