It’s 5:36 pm as I sit here writing this and Tucker is still our roaming about. Tucker, one of the many neighborhood loose dogs. He is such a sweetheart and seems to be well-fed but for the life of me, I can not understand why humans allow their dogs to run loose.

We do live in a rural area but we are far from being in the deep woods or country.

This is not farmland here.

Sure, about two miles up the road you can find farmland, or closer to it but here, it’s rural and the streets at 5 pm are busy.

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Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone:

Tucker is far from the only dog let out to roam the streets and neighborhoods.

There is the pair of beautiful golden Labs that follow the mail truck for miles.

Then we have the hunting dog that lives directly behind me that is let out daily to run for about 15 minutes.

At least he always stays within a tight-knit range and his owner is always watching him.

What I do not understand is why people get dogs and do not make the time to walk them so they get the exercise they need.

Pet exercise is one of the main things pets need as I wrote about in How To Be A Great Pet Parent.

Today I noticed that Tucker does not have his collar on.

Possibly due to the complaints from neighbors on Nextdoor.com

The only reason I know his name, to begin with, is he used to wear a collar.

I once called his owner and let her know he was loose.

Her response was very casual and that he enjoyed being let out to chase the cows in the field right by their home.

Well, their home is relatively close but the street that Tucker is crossing every day, twice a day, as he is let out to “chase the cows” is busy.

Yes, every day, twice a day.

Once at 8 am and once at 5 pm.

Trust me, Tucker is not avoiding rush hour traffic and even in rural areas like mine, we have traffic.

In fact, from 5 pm to 5:15 pm I counted 48 rushing cars go down my street.

Why Loose Dogs Are Upsetting:

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First of all, they upset our pets.

Lyla wants to meet Tucker so much but I can’t introduce them.

There are many reasons why this would be a bad thing.

For one, I have no idea if Tucker has any infectious disease.

Also meeting Lyla would only encourage Tucker to keep coming by for visits.

That is also the same issue with anyone giving him too much attention.

The first time I saw Tucker out and about I did give him some food and water.

At that time I thought he may be a stray in need of help.

Of course, after meeting his owner I learned differently.

Another problem and this for me is the big one, I do not want to see Tucker get hit by a car!

Loose Dogs Can Be Hit By Cars:

Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone Alternatives To Consider Truck passes moments after Tucker crosses the road.

I do not care how smart you think your dog is, the chance of being hit is real.

Not only would this be devastating to anyone who loves their pet, but also for me, as an animal lover.

I sit here working every day watching these loose dogs narrowly escape death.

It causes me anxiety every single day.

It causes anxiety in my Lyla, who already deals with anxiety.

Granted she isn’t worried about them getting hit, she is just either wanting to play or being territorial.

I have tried everything from talking to dog owners, ignoring the dogs hoping they will go home quicker, to shutting my curtains so I do not have to look it the near misses.

The animal lover in me does not want to ignore the issue.

If one of these dogs were to be hit I will be the first one running out there to try to save it and taking it to the emergency vet.

Loose Dogs Can Cause Car Accidents:

Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone Alternatives To Consider Tucker Lives One Block Up Our Busy Street Then Over A Block.

One should also think about the fact that your loose dog could cause an accident.

Swirving to miss hitting a pet can cause injury or death for the person driving or their passengers.

No one wants to hit your pet nor be put in a situation while driving with their family of choosing between hitting, and killing your pet, or potentially their own children.

And no one wants their kids to see your pet being hit either.

For that matter even hitting your pet can cause an accident or damage to the car itself.

Who is to blame when that happens?

The answer is that it depends but this article from Axle Addict may shed some light.

It may also create pause for more questions.

One thing is for sure, it is not black and white, and varies depending on where you live.

It’s a painful, detailed process regardless and one you should think carefully about both as a driver, and the pet owner allowing your dog to run loose.

Loose Dogs Can Be Attacked Or Injured:

Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone Alternatives To Consider Handsome Tucker Takes A Moment For Refreshment.

A loose dog, especially one in a rural area close to the country can be attacked by wildlife.

While we are more rural than the country we do have coyotes that run in packs close by every evening.

The hawks around here are the size of Pterodactyl.

That is why I wrote the article Protecting Pets From Predators.

Even another loose dog could have mange or distemper.

We have spotted coyote with mange just a quarter mile from us on busy streets that lead directly to the highway.

Let’s not even consider the more obvious threats such as heartworm, rabies, ringworm, parvo etc and so on.

Just coming into friendly contact with other pets running loose can cause harm to your pet.

Why People Let Their Dogs Run Loose:

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I can only make assumptions because I am not one of these people.

Laziness may be one reason for loose dogs.

Not making the time to walk their dogs properly.

One reason that could potentially be more legit is that the person themselves has health issues keeping them from being able to walk their dog.

This could be especially true if a pet owner is elderly.

They may not be informed enough to find free resources that could help with this.

People could think they are being a good pet parent by giving their dogs some freedom.

Not thinking of the potential consequences.

It just irritates me that here we live in an area that has absolutely gorgeous places to take our dogs for walks.

Places that are not only pet-friendly but offer different types of adventures for both the humans and pets.

Around here we have places for pets with mobility issues and places to walk the more adventuresome pet.

There are pet-friendly places to walk dogs all over the country.

Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone Alternatives To Consider Lyla Loves walking at the baseball fields.

You may be questioning the leash-law where I live.

There isn’t one.

However, I do not think it should take more laws for humans to use their brains.

I am not one for making persnickety laws about every little thing in life.

Yet I am one for enlightening people on the usage of common sense.

If you are one of the people who allow their dogs to run loose please, for the love of dog, consider why you do this and correct your behavior.

If you know someone who is allowing their dog to run loose, please print this out and hand it to them or at least post it on their door.

Tucker’s owner as stated on Nextdoor within our neighborhood that he just loves to roam.

“He’s mine 😊 he’s safe at home (sitting on top of my feet as we speak!) I’ve tried a 100 times in a hundred ways to keep him at home but he’s a country/hunting dog and just wants to roam. I just got his collar fixed too! If anyone ever sees him just give me a call or send him on his way after some lovins. He comes home for dinner and snuggles every afternoon after his morning adventures.”

That was posted on February 14th.

Clearly, his collar is once again broken or lost, or whatever.

When I see dogs running lose it makes me question your love for your pet as a whole.

Loose Dogs Are Upsetting To Everyone Alternatives To Consider Tucker has a lovable face!

I wonder if you are taking care of them feeding them well, and interacting with them.

There has to be an underlying reason for loose dogs.

One that can be solved with a little thought and investigation.

Tuckers mom said he was laying on her feet as she typed her response to the person saying he was roaming around.

I believe her but I also know that first time Tucker came up to me, his fur was coated with stinky oil and he was so dirty.

My hands smelled horrible and had a thick layer of gunk on them when I came inside.

This was not something he had simply collected on his fur that day alone while out and about.

Look, I do not want to see any dog chained up.

The last thing I want is for your pet to never get out and get fresh air.

I detest collars and wireless fences that shock dogs.

Yet, there are ways to keep your pet safe!

Alternatives To Loose Dogs:

Take them for walks.

This is a no-brainer. Dogs need walks. Preferably with their human but if you can not walk your dog yourself there are alternatives. As mentioned and linked above there is free help for elderly with pets. Your own kids can walk your dogs. Wait, what? Are you worried about your kid’s safety walking your pets? Well depending on their age you may have a valid thought there but if you worry about your kid you probably should worry about your pet too. You can always hire a dog walker. Dogs need exercise, fresh air, and fun. It’s part of responsible pet ownership so please, own it!

Go to the dog park.

Your dog could be escaping because he or she is bored. Interaction with other dogs, new places, exciting sights and smells help. Dogs are naturally prone to want to sniff out new territory. Dogs who escape often are just looking for a new place to leave their mark or new smells. Dog parks can offer all of this and more!

Play with them in your own yard.

Speaking of being bored, your dog may just want to play with you! Depending on your dog’s breed and agility level your pet may just need more exercise and interaction. Get a ball, a frisbee, or some cool toy for them to chase. Try some agility training, or get them a kiddie pool to splash around in. Have fun with your pet. After all, didn’t you get a pet to enjoy the company of? Okay, so your dog is a farm dog, a hunting dog, a utilitarian purpose “pet”. I won’t even go into how much that bothers me but even they need play time. They are living beings, not just there for your agenda! Besides, I know plenty of farmers and hunters who are very good pet owners and love their dogs to bits.

Train them.

Yes, train your pet to stay in their yard. Not with shock collars or with those cruel fences. When you get a dog you should know if it will be an outside dog or not. If you know your dog will be an outside dog you had best train them early to stay inside the fence. It’s your responsibility to do so. There are many methods to teach your dog to stay inside the fence. Clicker training is one healthy method. Learn more about Clicker Training.

Take them to the lake or a beach.

Dogs like humans want a change of scenery now and then. Dogs who like to escape to wander are in need of stimuli. Taking your dog to the lake or beach will give them new sensations from smell to feels plus it will wear them out. Have fun with your pet. That’s what it’s all about!

Get them interactive with friends and neighbors in your presence.

Instead of allowing them to roam around alone why not get active with them? I know for a fact some of these roaming dogs parents are home as they roam. Get out and get some exercise with your pets. Considering most of us are overweight or in need of cardio, it would not kill any of us to get some exercise. Meet your neighbors. Chat a bit. Get out from behind the computer. Yes, I know I am behind mine all day. Yet I would love to meet some pet people and maybe, just maybe if you came along with your pet to visit outside our window, my Lyla could meet your dog!

Keep your pet inside when you are not at home.

If you have really tried everything to keep your pet in his or her yard then you must resort to keeping them inside when you are not home. Sorry not sorry but it’s your responsibility to keep your pet safe. Loose dogs are an issue for everyone and should not be. I would do anything to protect my furbabies. Who cares if they tear up my furniture up as long as they are safe. There is no sense in having pets at all if I put my furniture before them in terms of value. I have an elderly dog and I clean up pee from my floor many times per day. It’s all part of being a pet parent.

Check your fence.

Putting a footer at the base can keep pets from tunneling out. Be sure there is nothing near the fence that they can climb. If they are jumping the fence, which is possible you may need to get a taller fence or find a way to put a header up there. While I do not love this suggestion if your dog is being overstimulated by things on the other side of the fence you may need to block his view. The reason I do not like this idea is I find it a bit mean, especially if you never take them outside of their fence to walk. Yet at least they won’t get hit by a car. Just walk your dogs people, please!

I am probably not going to make many friends with the neighborhood with this post.

Then again, many neighbors feel exactly as I do.

I am not trying to make enemies and by no means is Tucker the only dog that is wandering the neighborhood.

He is, however, the most predictable!

I simply waited for 5 pm and there he was.

I missed his earlier appearance as I was trying to sleep through Lyla and Link’s barking at him.

The thing is though when multiple neighbors tell you that your dog is out, again.

Some neighbors who are clearly annoyed by him or worried about him.

Neighbors even asking about the leash law which is non-existent, one has to wonder if the owner is getting the message.

Clearly not.

We do not hate you, and most of us seem to think your dog is adorable and sweet.

However, we are worried, slightly annoyed, and wish you would take note about your loose dog.

Compared to humans, dogs are easy to train.

I’m not going to lie, if Tucker’s owner does see this, and gets the wake-up call, I will miss him.

Over the years he has meandered my way I have developed a fondness for him.

No, I do not like my dogs barking their heads off, nor worrying about the fateful day Tucker gets hit by a car.

If I could afford another pet, Tucker would mysteriously disappear.

Then again, he would be found enjoying play time in his yard, with me!

I want to hear from you!

What are your feelings on loose dogs?

Do you have loose dogs roaming your neighborhood?

What would you do if you had a dog that was frequently loose in your area?

Are there leash laws where you live?

How have you trained your dog to stay in his yard?

 

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38 Comments

  1. May 21, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    There are leash laws where I live, but if people are predisposed to be lazy, irresponsible dog owners, that’s not going to stop them. I live on 10 acres and around us are other small farms, but 2 blocks away are houses and a townhouse. I can’t say as I see loose dogs around here, but perhaps the coyote population is taking care of that.

    • May 21, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      I agree Cheryl!
      People will do what they are going to do!
      Sad to think that the coyotes are getting the dogs which is exactly my concern around here!
      Some nights the howling – which is LOUD sounds like its right outside my window!
      They are definitely some large packs around here.

  2. May 21, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I don’t understand why people let their dogs run loose in areas with even moderate street activity. I can understand it if they live out in the country where the road is a mile or more away and even then, it’s a back road. Neighborhoods are dangerous for dogs off leash!

    • May 23, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Indeed Stacie – I understand dogs are descendants of wolves but even way out in the country there are risks from coyote and other wildlife but at least the dogs have a fighting chance and can run. In the middle of a road they are sitting ducks!

  3. May 21, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    It’s not fair to anyone to let dogs roam loose. We have had dogs come up to us, and it is scary when you don’t know the dog, especially when you have kids. Not everyone likes dogs either, and most people don’t like dogs jumping on them. Or, if you’re out walking your dog it can be scary. We have friends with little dogs and if a big dog comes up it is guaranteed anxiety for the little dogs.

    • May 23, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Yeah that is also true! I mean I love dogs but when a dog feels threatened even the most well-behaved dog can become dangerous out of fear.
      I also do agree about little dogs – mine are both tiny so they are easily threatened.
      I love all animals and just wish some people did a better job looking after theirs.

  4. Bonnie G
    May 21, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    We have leash laws here but doesn’t mean that people don’t listen to it. I hate when I see dogs loose because they can cause car accidents, get hurt or hurt others.

    • May 23, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Exactly Bonnie and yes you are right – the laws do not mean anything to some.

  5. May 21, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I’m a new dog owner and this is so sad. I couldn’t imagine letting our new Golden just wonder the neighborhood. I do hope to have her trained well enough that she wont have to always be leashed, we plan to go all the way through service animal training.

    • May 23, 2018 / 10:41 am

      That is so awesome that you are doing this! I think it is wonderful for any dog but especially if you want them to be outside dogs primarily! Good for you thank you for being a responsible pet mama! Enjoy your new furbaby!

  6. May 21, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I was going to ask you about leash laws but then saw your state or city doesn’t have one. I think once a child gets mauled by a dog, leash laws go into effect really quickly in an area. We have lots of trails here in Colorado that dogs aren’t even allowed on because there are too many people many children. I just find it hard to believe that a caring pet owner would let their dog roam. Even if their dog does come home every evening, what about the inconvenience it puts on others. I never want to worry or inconvenience people so this just blows my mind.

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Right – it’s because we are officially in the county not the city. It’s unfortunate that people who do not care well for their dogs give all dog parents a bad name. I know so many people with dogs that are superior in training that would love to be able to go more places but can’t due to people who do not train their pets.
      You would think there would be some kind of rule where if your dog has obedience papers they could be welcome and others not.

  7. May 21, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    We thankfully don’t have this problem where I live because of leash laws! Thank God! That would bother me so much to see loose dogs roaming around because of all the reasons you named!

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:11 am

      I am glad you do not have this issue where you live! And that people are following the laws.

  8. Ruth I.
    May 22, 2018 / 6:36 am

    I am scared of dogs, so loose dogs give me anxiety! I am scared that they might bite anytime or make a big mess.

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Awee I am so sorry you are afraid of dogs Ruth. I love my pups but then again responsible pet parents know their pets limitations and what they can handle. Sadly not all pet parents pay attention to these things.

  9. May 22, 2018 / 6:52 am

    I’m not fond of loose dogs, but I typically assume they escaped their owners yard. If we go anywhere my dog is on a leash, or being carried.

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:13 am

      That is a good thing to assume because sometimes that is exactly the case and we get that around here too. Usually the pet parent is scared of losing their sweet pet but then we have others, like this pet owner who seems to think her dog can’t be hurt by a car.

  10. May 22, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Oh loose dogs drive me crazy. One time I was walking my dog and a loose dog came and attacked mine. It was so scary because I kept pulling my dog off it with the leash and the dog kept biting my dog. Crazy. The owner finally came and grabbed the dog. On the other hand I have a yorkie who breaks out. I’ve finally had to keep him on a rope when he wants to be outside because we tried everything and he escapes. 🙁

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Sneaky little Yorkie! I am glad that you found a way to keep him safe in the yard. I am so sorry your sweet pup got attacked! Lyla was attacked in her own yard once! A HUGE dog jumped OUR fence and got at her. People just need to be more responsible.

  11. May 22, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Our dog is never let loose on purpose but he does like to escape and run. I need to get him a tag with his name and our number. He is friendly and always goes up to people.

    • May 23, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Oh yes please do get him a tag and collar so people can let you know where he is. It’s great that he is friendly but I would hate for him to get hurt and no one know how to contact you.

  12. May 22, 2018 / 11:34 am

    We have leash laws here and it drives me insane when I see people letting their dogs run wild. We had one on our street (a busy sub) and someone said something to the owner and they got pissy back with the people. A few minutes later, their dog (the dog they said never runs away) bolted after a squirrel.

    • May 24, 2018 / 12:08 am

      Right!? Wow some people sure have gall! I would have loved to seen their faces when that happened but people like that generally won’t admit when they are wrong.

  13. May 22, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    I’m totally fine with loose friendly dogs but not in this type of area. Definitely not safe!

    • May 24, 2018 / 12:08 am

      Exactly! Not safe for the dogs mostly but also drivers. So sad some people let this happen with their pets.

  14. I had a lab once that I could not keep him in a fence. He would get out like the Houdini. The gate was always shut and there werent holes. The fool was climbing the chain link fence and getting out. I ended up giving him away because I was moving. It broke my heart but he went to a home with other dogs.

    • May 24, 2018 / 12:11 am

      LOL Should have renamed him Houdini Dog 🙂
      Dogs do learn to do this – its amazing isn’t it!
      I am so sorry you had to give him away but it’s so cool he has other dogs to play with now.

  15. May 22, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    This is a great post! We have a few dogs that run loose in the neighborhood, thankfully the one that gets out lives across the street and I know his owners. He worries me because he is a pitbull and isn’t really supposed to be in our city. I love that little booger and if I see him out I’ll go out and take him back home. His owners always thank me. I tell them I don’t want him to be run over by a car because we live on a busy street. I’m lucky with my two dogs. I have a half acre with a fenced-in back yard so my kids stay put.

    • May 24, 2018 / 12:14 am

      Aweeee they and he are so lucky to have a great human like you looking out for him.
      Yes I hear you on them not supposed to be in the city.
      We have some ordinances like that but they are looking at changing them which I think is great.
      I used to have a part pit and have had friends with pits. Great loving loyal dogs.
      I have known tiny little dogs that have been far meaner lol
      Anyway I imagine that some people would not like coming across one running loose and may not be so nice to him sadly.
      Your yard sounds wonderful for your pups!
      I hope they find a way to keep their dog safe at home.

  16. May 31, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    My grandparents live in a rural area, far away from the roads and their dog is almost always without a leash. But I don’t really see it as a problem in their case. There are no roads so she is not interrupting the traffic, she never goes out of the yard, and when they go for a walk they also don’t put her on a leash because she walks right next to them. And we live in Europe so there are no predators that could harm the dog living here. My grandparents are elderly now so they don’t take the dog on walks as much as before because of their health issues so I think it’s better the dog can at least walk around the yard. Anyway, I think their dog is one extremely happy dog, and safe too.

    But I understand and agree that loose dogs are a problem when you live near the road or in the part of the world where predators live.

    • May 31, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Ah their dog has the life indeed! I mean they live rurally so this makes total sense. It sounds like your grandparents have more farmland type land. I mean by that being away from the road not that they grow anything per say. I think since they can’t walk their dog as they used it is awesome that it has plenty of room to run and play and roam.

  17. June 6, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Awesome Article. I really appreciate and love to know that you are a dog lover. I was not a great lover of pets a few years back. But one day I gifted a golden retriever puppy to my wife and now we both are great dog lovers. Even I have started writing several blogs on dogs. I feel motivated when I see the person like you writing such great articles. Really impressive, thanks for sharing!

    • June 7, 2018 / 12:18 am

      Thank you so much Mike and I am so glad you found your love for dogs! I will check out your site too! Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comment!

  18. June 9, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Thorough post that hits the main issues of dogs running free, especially when you’re not out in the deep country. In Tucson/Pima County there is a leash ordinance, which many people choose to ignore. Arizona now has the highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country, so I no longer walk Bernie and Lizzie in our neighborhood or surrounding streets. Instead, we go hiking and out on the River Path, which is a multi-use path for pedestrians, cyclists, roller bladers, etc. Since I’ve switched our walks to super early in the morning to avoid the heat, we’ve come across off-leash dogs on *every* walk on the River Path. I’d estimate we’re over 25 walks by now. Thankfully, only about 1/3 of those walks involve the dogs running right toward us. The dog owners do not care that I have a reactive dog. If I shout “Please recall your dog” most owners make a half-hearted attempt. Every time I have to turn around with my dog and walk away. Just yesterday, a man yelled at me because after he recalled his dog, I suggested he should put his dog on a leash (since all he did was continue to walk with the dog now by his side). The woman who was with him said, “Those entitled leash people are the worst!” I called Pima Animal Control and clarified the leash law. The guy was incredibly helpful. He’s underfunded, of course in Arizona, and he has to take care of bite cases, animal neglect, and the larger issues that truly do take a priority. He said in the Tucson/Pima County area, most dog owners who think they have a well-behaved dog rationalize that it’s okay for their dog to be off leash and they know they probably won’t get caught. So having a leash law where you live may not even help with the roaming dogs depending on the budget of your local animal control. He also mentioned that many dog owners do not use the dog parks because the owner assumes responsibility for their dog’s actions. If another dog attacks Bernie or Lizzie within the dog park, I have no recourse with Animal Control. That’s why I only take them into dog parks when no one else is around. If I see someone walking toward the entrance, we leave. The owners who let their dog off-leash on and around the River Path would rather take their chances with getting cited for being off-leash, which probably won’t happen, versus taking their chances in the dog park. Honestly, encountering these self-absorbed irresponsible dog owners makes me incredibly anxious walking the dogs. If I have a morning where all we do is see loose dogs running around, but farther away, I’m thrilled. That’s the win nowadays, which is just sad.

    • June 9, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Wow Irene I am so sorry you have to deal with people like this. It’s not about who’s “entitled” the laws are in place for a reason. I understand totally having a reactive dog.
      Sadly people do not realize that different dogs have different needs and issues, just like people do.
      Sad thing is – even when it comes to how humans treat other humans sometimes it’s just not intelligent!
      This reminds me of when my daughter was younger, before her 9 various surgeries…
      we were walking into a very popular well-known store and the greeter told my daughter to “Stop walking funny”.
      My daughter has Cerebral Palsy!!!
      Our society needs to learn more about thinking before speaking and just being KIND and using common sense!
      I do not like to walk my pup Lyla around other dogs because she gets very nervous and with her leg issues I worry about her getting hurt should a dog owner let their dog get too close.

  19. ellen beck
    June 17, 2018 / 12:03 am

    First off people need to understand first and foremost dogs are animals. Even the best trained dogs will act like dogs under certain circumstances. If they are off leash, always expect the unexpected.
    I have a senior dog who last year totally lost his sight. He is very well trained to stay close by BUT if he smells an opossum it doesnt matter he will run head first into something, he will attempt to find the opossum, it is his downfall. (now literally) It is what he reacts to.
    Some dogs you may not even have an inkling they are chasing other animals, heaven forbid attacking other pets or livestock or vicious to children. You arent there to see it.
    Kids are often cruel… if in a neighborhood and children torment the dog enough eventually if it is cornered it will use what it can to defend itself.
    Then there are the dangers to the dog if loose if youre in town like traffic, lapping antifreeze or other chemicals, adults who indeed lay out poison .
    I hope your neighbor does read this.

    • June 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

      So many great points!!
      I have known people who have seen their own neighbors putting out poison because they did not like the animals in the neighborhood!
      For that matter, many common yard treatments for weeds are poisonous!
      You are so right about some children as well and I imagine some adults too sadly.
      Dogs are instinctual and even the best-trained dog with recall training CAN just follow his instinct over the commands.

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