Dogs under control

Resident provides some thoughts and advice on walking dogs

First of all, thank you to the hundreds of dog owners who have their dogs under control. I am not going to repeat any recommendations for people to adhere to leash law signs. If you read them and ignore them, however, please read on.

On a recent Sunday, my wife, who is a senior, was knocked over by an exuberant large pup in Kal Park. The dog owner was upset and apologized. That’s not the issue.

The dog was friendly all right, but my wife  was knocked over, cutting her hands on some gravel. She is tough, though, and has recuperated

What if it was a smaller person, say a three-year-old? Or someone’s grandmother? We all know the answer. It shouldn’t  happen.

My concern is that the dog was not under control and I am going to offer a slightly different perspective to dog owners who think that their dog is OK.

My wife and I both like dogs. In fact, we like them enough to have had seven dogs or more in a 45-year time period, with  one living as long as 14 years.

My wife co-owned a dog  and raised pups. The dogs we enjoy are the ones that have been trained.

I recall during a training session  the instructor stating that we were to imagine we were wearing white pants or a white dress, including white shoes.

I think you understand why. When the dog was at heel, it was not to brush against you.

When you called the dog, it was to come and sit in front of you. Upon command it was to lie down.

It was not supposed to come up, beat its tail around your legs, and slobber on your hands.

I see people with dogs off-leash and some are very responsive.

If your dog will come on command 100 per cent of the time, and will do a sit/stay for 10 minutes, and not get you dirty, then probably you can make an argument for them being under control.

If a deer comes on to the scene and your dog bolts, it’s not under control.

Some people are better than others with dogs, just as some people are better working with people.

If you are not good at correcting your dog, please consider have someone work with you and your dog.

Seniors and little folks will be that much safer.

Please consider the white clothes rule anywhere when you have your dog in a public place where there are other people.


Tom Skinner