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  Reply # 668136 6-Aug-2012 10:52 Send private message

vavroom: It *is* a shame that there are such restrictions. Conscientious owner of well behaved dogs ought to be allowed everywhere.

I don't know what the solution is for everyone to be able to enjoy public spaces.

As a wheelchair user, working with a dog, I have often felt unsafe. In the UK, there is an incredibly high number of dog attacks on guide dogs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18386963 ). That's a problem. Consider it costs approximately NZ$45,000 to train a mobility assistance dog, an attack on a working dog is... problematic at best.


Well, I still think "education" is the best solution. As usual, more for the owner/handler than the dog! We are aware that our dogs have their own quirks and temperament so we work well within the boundaries :) One of our dogs we would not take to crowded places, and that's not a fault of the dog. Like people some dogs prefer more space around them. We don't take him into the city and such. Thankfully Canterbury and NZ still has plenty of quieter open spaces where such dogs can enjoy their time out. The trick is for the owners to be aware of their dogs' personality and work with it. Easier said than done of course... as with any "schooling" results may (will?) vary...

I'm aware of the cost of training service dogs but never thought about attacks on them! Yikes! Sounds bloody scary for the dog and, probably more so, the owner!!

3 month old Bernese Mountain puppy???? WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS??? :)


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  Reply # 668260 6-Aug-2012 13:18 Send private message

dpw: Well, I still think "education" is the best solution. As usual, more for the owner/handler than the dog! We are aware that our dogs have their own quirks and temperament so we work well within the boundaries


I wish more people had that level of awareness. Education is preferable, yes. Education of leash regulations hasn't seemed to make much difference, at least in Palmerston North. It is amazing the number of dogs I come across who are roaming sometimes as far as a block away from their owner. I really hate that irresponsible dog owners are ruining it for everyone else.

dpw: Ask and ye shall receive? :)


I don't know if there's a problem with FB itself, or it's just that I don't have FB, hence can't log in, but I can't see your puppy photos :( In any case, here are photos of Charlie, just turned 11 months old.




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  Reply # 668262 6-Aug-2012 13:20 Send private message

 
I'm aware of the cost of training service dogs but never thought about attacks on them! Yikes! Sounds bloody scary for the dog and, probably more so, the owner!!



It's why blind people don't skydive, it scares the snot out of the dogs! :)


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  Reply # 668267 6-Aug-2012 13:26 Send private message

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I'm aware of the cost of training service dogs but never thought about attacks on them! Yikes! Sounds bloody scary for the dog and, probably more so, the owner!!



It's why blind people don't skydive, it scares the snot out of the dogs! :)



True... but, on the other hand, they won't get attacked by other dogs! ;o)




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  Reply # 668271 6-Aug-2012 13:32 Send private message

networkn: It's why blind people don't skydive, it scares the snot out of the dogs! :)


I guess you haven't heard the latest? They came up with a device that allows blind people to skydive. It's an extra long 100 foot leash. When the leash goes slack, they know to open their parachute... (as told to me by a blind guy, while he was scratching his guide dog's ear)




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  Reply # 668276 6-Aug-2012 13:38 Send private message

vavroom:
networkn: It's why blind people don't skydive, it scares the snot out of the dogs! :)


I guess you haven't heard the latest? They came up with a device that allows blind people to skydive. It's an extra long 100 foot leash. When the leash goes slack, they know to open their parachute... (as told to me by a blind guy, while he was scratching his guide dog's ear)


OMG LOL. 

I haven't laughed that hard since my son decided my eyebrows were "eye pickles" (To go with the Chin prickles on daddies chin that he can't pronounce,

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  Reply # 668279 6-Aug-2012 13:44 Send private message

vavroom: I don't know if there's a problem with FB itself, or it's just that I don't have FB, hence can't log in, but I can't see your puppy photos :( In any case, here are photos of Charlie, just turned 11 months old.


Naah... there was a problem with ME! This should be a better link... I hope...

Your Charlie is just gorgeous :o)




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dpw:This should be a better link


Lucy is awesome! Such a huge puppy :)

Too bad you're so far away, I'm sure Charlie and Lucy would have a ball playing together :D




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  Reply # 668292 6-Aug-2012 13:53 Send private message

Interesting contrast in dog laws here compared to mainland Europe where dogs go everywhere, including cafes and public transport. I for one would be overjoyed to be able to apply for a "city license" for our dog, which would let us bring our dog to town in Wellington. We have three off leash areas available to us, and it gets boring going to the same ones all the time. With a retriever all walks need to include ball, ball, ball, chase, chase, chase, ball, ball, ball time, so we are pretty limited.

As an aside the dog control lot here tried to fine my wife for our dog swimming at a beach last week because it was an on leash beach. Never mind the fact that they were the only two on the whole beach, it was raining because it is the middle of winter, and our dog spends more time in the water than on the beach...Ball, ball, ball, chase, chase, chase, ball, ball, ball.


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  Reply # 668455 6-Aug-2012 16:52 Send private message

LookingUp: I'm somewhat tempted to suggest a ban on children in some public places as well.

They can be just as out of control, and what's worse, you can't have them put down if they bite you :-(


Definitely should ban teenagers. Dogs don't engage in vandalism, draw graffiti, or wander around in the streets drunk and looking for trouble.

jonherries: Interesting contrast in dog laws here compared to mainland Europe where dogs go everywhere, including cafes and public transport.


I love that about Europe and would love to be able to take my dog everywhere but NZ isn't Europe and people here don't behave like Europeans. I suspect there's something about living in densely populated cities - people seem to be more respectful of other people. In Paris, for example, despite dogs being absolutely everywhere (does anyone NOT own a dog?) you never hear dogs barking uncontrollably, nor do you see dog control -or even noise control- officers around. Here, people seem to think they can do whatever they want to do and to hell with everyone else. Which is one of the reasons our cities have been banning dogs from a lot of public spaces.

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  Reply # 668462 6-Aug-2012 17:01 Send private message

Elpie:
LookingUp: I'm somewhat tempted to suggest a ban on children in some public places as well.

They can be just as out of control, and what's worse, you can't have them put down if they bite you :-(


Definitely should ban teenagers. Dogs don't engage in vandalism, draw graffiti, or wander around in the streets drunk and looking for trouble. 


Haha - yes definitely, and they probably make more mess on the footpaths on Friday, Saturday, and most other nights!




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  Reply # 668521 6-Aug-2012 18:33 Send private message

Heck, can we just ban people? People piss me off all the time :p


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