I would say something or ask the council to put up signs.
DS1 screams if a dog comes too close to him. There is no way he would play somewhere with dogs off leash.
On another note I also hate when adults gives kids control of a dog on a leash. DS2 had a dog get in his face because a 6 yr old was holding the leash and I had to quickly pick him up off the picnic blanket. (We were watching soccer) meanwhile the mum and owner were sitting further away paying no attention.
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28-08-2013 18:58 #31
28-08-2013 19:11 #32
I live right next to an enclosed dog park,right next to a playground.Signs clearly state no dogs off leash,but everyone seems to ignore it.It annoys me as I have one child who is terrified of dogs (from said owners letting their huge dogs run up and try to jump him)and one child who LOVES dogs and will happily go up and get in their faces no matter how many times I try to tell him how to approach a dog
28-08-2013 19:23 #33
Yeah FL - get the council to put up a sign ^_^ signs totally work.
My "no door knockers" sign has turned hundreds of door knockers away.
28-08-2013 19:23 #34
It drives me insane. I hate it when people take their dogs into schools too on or off leash it doesn't matter. Dogs don't belong in schools.
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28-08-2013 19:35 #35
FL - my kids are down at the park in no shoes running riot no jackets I am really easy going about that stuff too but dogs OMG , I see a dog off a leash I grab my kids like a lunatic mum and make it very known why . You are not being a cranky cow!!!
It's wrong, it's ILLEGAL. This is coming from the biggest animal lover, I LOVE animals but they should not be off a leash full stop. This is why I don't walk around my estate alone , too many people let their dogs off leashes and it terrifies me . A girl a suburb away was killed by a loose dog in a horrific circumstance . That was enough to re-iterate to me that I'm not overreacting about this topic , it's always been a massive hate of mine .
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28-08-2013 19:37 #36
Im terrified of other peoples dogs, even if they say "oh he is friendly" i dont believe them/care. My dogs are a different story though. I have big dogs and love them, but we've had them since they were little.
My kids are taught never to touch another dog, whether its a friends dog or a strangers dog, even if they say its ok. I teach them to walk away from a dog off a leash. So to have a dog near a playgroud would freak me out. Another thing that annoys me is people jogging with their dogs off a leash. I used to do exercise on an oval and would have the kids on a mat with me. A person would jog past and their dogs would come over, i used to run to my kids and freak out until the dog ran off. Our dogs are dog aggressive so we cant walk them on a leash anywhere in case another dog comes up to us. The owners always say "oh its ok he's friendly". Yeah your dog might be but my dog will eat it! Basic principle, leash your dogs!
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28-08-2013 19:50 #37Senior Member
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I'm very much a dog person and it really ****es me off when other dog owners make the rest of us look bad by being irresponsible and inconsiderate with their dogs. I agree that it is not ok to have dogs off leash around children's play areas. It is actually illegal to have your dog off leash in public anywhere other than a designated off leash area.
28-08-2013 19:53 #38
I hate when people say "it's ok he wouldn't hurt anyone" how do you know? Did he tell you? I'm terrified of dogs too . They scare the hell out of me!
Another pet peeve when people tie there dogs up outside shops or leave big ones in cars with the window down when they duck into shops ( undercover carpark ) and it barks and growls at you.
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28-08-2013 20:18 #39
I like dogs, but they do make me nervous around my kids. My kids also don't like dogs running up to them and I feel like people sometimes want to justify that their dog isn't scary, but that doesn't mean a thing if my kids are scared of them.
I view any dog as potential danger though, so it would stress me out if they were just hanging around a playground because I'd have to be on alert.
*a friends dog is totally different. If I trust the person who's dog it is I generally feel comfortable, because like a friend who brings his dog to visit, he's not going to bring her if she's a major risk to my kids and I'm happy for jasper to play with her because she's a lovely dog, supervised, but not like on high alert.
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28-08-2013 20:25 #40Senior Member
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I'm not sure I feel about it. I've only ever come across dogs on leashes near playgrounds. I don't think I'd have a problem with it though. I have taught my kids (well DD, Ds is a bit young to understand stand) to ask before they pat another persons dog and to never pat strange dogs without the owners permission. I have let my dog off the lead in fenced parks before but only if there is no one else there, I put him straight back on the lead as soon as anyone else comes in.
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