Does anyone else get annoyed at people having dogs off leash in playgrounds? There is a dog park about 500m from our local playground, but the playground has a large mainly enclosed grassy area where people often have their dogs off leash. It really bugs me, as I don't think it's fair that I should have to keep my kids away from dogs in a playground. I feel like saying something to them, like 'did you know there's a dog park just up the road there?' But I would feel like a cranky old cow. Have also considered asking the council to put a big no dogs off leash sign in the park (I would even know who to talk to about it as I work for the council!)
So this is mainly a vent but was just interested to know if it annoys other people, or if I need to chill out over this (i am usually extremely chilled out- I let my kids run around with no shoes in the park and let them play in sand pits)
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28-08-2013 13:16 #1
Dogs in playgrounds.
28-08-2013 13:21 #2
It worries me more than annoys, but here it is illegal to have your Dog in a public area without a leash on, so it's not really a problem in the parks etc I frequent thankfully.
28-08-2013 13:25 #3Senior Member
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All of the fenced kids playgrounds here have no dog signs, I would speak to the dept of council in control of parks as they have a duty of care to make sure it is safe for kids.
28-08-2013 13:30 #4Senior Member
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My baby was *this close* to being attacked by a dog not on a leash. I wouldn't feel comfortable. They'd never hurt anyone according to the owners, but IMO dogs and children don't belong together unless it's the family pet and people know the warning signs.
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28-08-2013 13:31 #5
Speak to council and request that they have their Animal Controllers/Rangers patrol. That used to be my job, we would frequently patrol areas on request. Not only is it an offence, it puts you as a parent in an uncomfortable position.
If there is a council provided dog park in your area, there is no reason why dog owners should be letting dogs offleash in a childrens play area.
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28-08-2013 13:37 #6
OP dogs probably aren't allowed off leash in the playground but you know what tell them to put them on a lead or go to the off leash dog park. How rude after all it is a playground for children to play in.
28-08-2013 13:45 #7
My BIL is a council ranger - in NSW its illegal for dogs to be less than 10 meters from a playground - leash or no leash - a ranger can fine the owner on the spot $220 so next time you are at the park call the local council and ask them to send a ranger ( they are always on call even Sundays )
He has a ton of stories of dog attacks in parks , apparently the state government are in the process of doing new regulations as its becoming more common
28-08-2013 14:28 #8
I'm a dog owner, and it still p!sses me off when people do that. Especially yappy little dogs that I wouldn't trust as far as I can throw them. My DS is used to dogs, and isn't old enough to understand that not all dogs want to be given a bear hug. I would definitely complain to your council.
28-08-2013 14:38 #9
yesterday i was out walking with my son and suddenly a dog emerged from a side road without the owner, it freaked me out as it ran straitly towards us. As it came close i quickly turned the pram around and was ready to run and scream, there were builders around a few houses away so i thought at least I can get help if something happens. I yelled at the dog to go away as he approached and i think it understood and ran away. But still i could not see the owner anywhere. It totally freaked me out and now i have a fear walking that street again.
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28-08-2013 14:41 #10
I would be furious.
A man had a rottweiler off leash out front of my sons school a couple of months ago and it went for my 5 year old DS. Thank goodness the owner grabbed it in time but my son is now absolutely terrified of dogs.
I was bitten on the face by our dog when I was a teenager, he was the most placid calm dog. You can never ever be too careful.
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