Dealing With Off-Leash Dogs

There are many reasons why your dog may not like being rushed by an off-leash dog when he’s on leash. Off-leash dogs are, obviously, the bane of many of my reactive clients’ existence, but senior dogs; those recovering from surgery, illness, or injuries; shy pups and fearful dogs may also find the attention of off-leash dogs upsetting or overwhelming. Even friendly dogs may not appreciate interacting with another dog in such a socially unequal situation – leashes can cause a lot of issues.

Photo by Chriss

Photo by Chriss

So, what can you do if you get rushed by an off-leash dog? First of all, know that it is always okay to protect your dog. Most urban and suburban environments have leash laws, and if your dog is on a leash you are right in keeping your dog safe. You are also completely within your rights to report off-leash dogs to your local authorities. Not only can an off-leash dog pose a threat to you or your dog, but they are also at personal risk from vehicles and other dangers. Even those who live in the country should control their dogs, and if a neighbor’s dog or unknown stray shows up on your property and harasses you or your dog you can and should take measures to discourage him.

The first thing to do if you notice an off-leash dog coming towards you is to evaluate the situation to see if the owner is nearby. If they are, tell them to call their dog. Many people will respond by telling you that their dog is “friendly,” but regardless of their dog’s behavior, if their dog is not under their control and is upsetting you or your dog, it is a problem. Some people have found success in these situations by responding that their leashed dog is not friendly, is shy, is in training, or just doesn’t want to say “hi,” but the most effective phrase I’ve heard of if you want to inspire the owner to collect their dog immediately is to loudly yell “my dog is contagious!”. While I don’t generally condone lying, if it will keep the situation from escalating further you may find that this is a case where it’s worthwhile.

If the owner is unable or unwilling to collect their dog or if there’s no owner in sight, you can choose whether to let that dog meet your dog. Some people only intervene if the loose dog appears to be aggressive and allow friendly-appearing dogs to approach, while others of us do not let any unknown loose dog meet our on-leash pups. Dogs who may appear friendly at first can sometimes become aggressive during the greeting sniff, or may injure your dog by bowling into them or jumping on them. Even my very dog social, friendly pup is not exposed to loose dogs, because I don’t think it’s a fair situation to put her in. Instead, I always intervene and teach my dogs that I will deal with loose dogs so that they do not have to.

So, how can you stop a dog that’s charging you? There are several different strategies, and I choose the method I think will work best for each individual situation. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

The gentlest way to discourage visiting is to give the loose dog something better to do. Dogs who seem happy and bubbly are often easily stopped by asking them to “sit.” If the dog complies, you can toss a handful of treats to him and make your escape while he’s vacuuming them up. Even if he doesn’t listen, a handful of treats can be tossed at his face (with the intent to startle, not hurt). When he stops to see what hit him, he’ll realize that there’s food on the ground and devote his attention to eating instead of rushing your dog. This method has worked really well for a few overly-exuberant Labs and Pit Bulls in my neighborhood. It doesn’t stop them from approaching in the future, but it’s the kindest way to give your dog space without the potential fallout that more forceful methods may cause.

If the above ideas don’t work or aren’t possible (perhaps you are out of treats, have a dog who guards food, or feel fairly confident that the oncoming dog won’t be dissuaded), try to startle the loose dog. Step in between your dog and the oncoming dog and use a body block. Square your shoulders and hips, and hold your hand out like a cop stopping traffic while saying “No,” “Stop,” or “Stay” in a firm, low voice. Alternatively, you could carry an umbrella with you and open it in the direction of the rushing dog, which will both startle him and provide a physical and visual barrier. One of my clients painted large eyes on her umbrella, which would pop open explosively at the push of a button. This so startled an aggressive Puggle in her neighborhood that he never again went after her dog.

One easy way to keep loose dogs away is to use a spray product if they come close. Spray Shield is a citronella product manufactured by Premier/PetSafe. It is aversive to most dogs without actually harming them, and can be sprayed directly at an oncoming dog. I carry this product with on walks and use it to keep especially determined dogs (including those who mean to attack my dog) back. Some people have also reported success using compressed air in this same way. Spray Shield has the added benefit of working to stop some dog fights, so if things do get out of hand you have a safer way to break up a fight than trying to forcibly remove one of the combatants.

In addition to having a plan dealing for loose dogs, it’s important to know what not to do. Whatever you do, don’t use pepper spray. Not only can pain make some dogs more aggressive, but if the wind gusts the wrong way the spray could end up getting into your or your dog’s face and eyes, leaving you incapacitated with an unknown dog rushing you. Not a good situation to be in! Running away is also generally not advised, as it will just encourage most dogs to chase you. Picking your dog up is usually not a good idea, although in some situations you may decide it’s a calculated risk you’re willing to take. Doing so may put you at greater risk and can intensify the off-leash dog’s interest in your pup.

While cases of truly aggressive dogs intent on bodily harm are rare, they do happen. If your small dog is rushed by an aggressive off-leash dog, you may be able to pick him up and toss him somewhere safer, such as in a nearby garbage can, inside a fenced yard, in the bed of a truck, or on the roof of a car. You can also take advantage of some of these safety options for yourself. If you have a bigger dog or if no other options are available, you may need to assess whether your dog would be safer if you dropped the leash so that he can try to get away from the other dog or defend himself. If the loose dog redirects on you (which is rare, but does happen), protect your head and neck. Spray Shield will stop all but the most aggressive dogs, and generally these dogs are only stopped by physically separating them from their victim. One of my clients carries a walking stick on outings after one of her small dogs was killed by a much larger dog who jumped his fence. While the stick may not have saved her dog, it makes her feel more comfortable to have something that she could use to keep an aggressive dog back.

While no single method will work in every case, the more tools you have in your toolbox, the better able you’ll be to protect your dog. Remember that it is always okay to stand up for your dog. After I sprayed an aggressive Shepherd who was charging Layla off-leash, Layla’s reactivity towards other dogs on walks actually decreased significantly. Instead of snarling and lunging at other dogs, she began to put herself behind me when she was charged by an off-leash dog, trusting me to deal with the situation.

If you have a dog who is usually trustworthy off-leash, make sure that your dog’s freedom does not negatively impact others. If your dog is likely to rush other dogs, please keep him on a leash or behind a secure fence. Not only could your dog be bitten if he rushes the wrong dog, but he could also be hurt by traffic or by a frightened owner defending their dog. It’s just not worth the risk.

Have you or your dog ever been rushed by an off-leash dog? How do you handle this situation? Please share your stories, tips, and questions in the comments below!

161 responses to “Dealing With Off-Leash Dogs

  1. Just having recently adopted a small GSD mix just now turned six-months, possibly an Australian Kelpie mix according to my vet as Roxie is too small for a GSD, I had a similar experience earlier this week. I’m just shocked to read that off-leash attacks are so common. Having outgrown walking just in our neighborhood, I walk Roxie through all our cul-de-sacs, then out the construction entrance, down a short country road, and through another neighborhood for a good hour walk. Roxie is harnassed, leashed, carries her own poop bag holder on her harnass just for accidents as she is trained to go in her corner of our backyard before and after her walks–responsible pet parent. After passing a couple arriving back home, with a “Beware of Dog” sign on their back fence, upon our return trip we were rushed by three dogs, a Sheltie (the aggressive leader and according to a neighbor apparently the reason for the warning sign) and two blonde labs. We were three to four houses away from theirs, so shouldn’t have been an issue of territorial protection. The Sheltie was barking and snarling with one of the blonde labs right behind with his hackles up, and the third one lagging further behind. I’ve trained Roxie to sit when startled to hopefully give time to assess a situation before just fleeing. And I certainly didn’t want her to run like prey. So I made her sit behind me, raised myself up as tall as possible, leaned in a forward stance, and yelled at the three dogs to “stop now”. That slowed their progression with them moving more side to side. I then lunged forward, raised my hand, pointed my finger and told them to “go home now!” All three slunked back to their front yard and laid out front. I was so angry realizing this couple had seen me walking past their house and had intentionally let out all of their dogs, including the one requiring the warning sign. The problem was this was my only way out of the neighborhood to get home, so I had to walk Roxie past their house. I calmly waited about five minutes hoping to desensitize them to us and also to see if this couple would come back out to get their dogs. Their garage door was open, so surely they heard this commotion. With the three dogs still settled on their yard and watching us, I started walking Roxie slowly, staying on the other side of the street. We hadn’t gone maybe five strides before all three dogs rushed again, and this time would not be stopped by my firm yelling. At this point, I scream “Who the f*** owns these dogs” which I know could be heard inside of these houses. I was bracing myself to kicking these dogs if necessary, but already resigned myself I’d then have to let Roxie go run to give her a fighting chance, as physically I wouldn’t be able to protect her and myself from three dogs attacking. I was trying to look around for anything to pick up to attack them with. I love dogs, but I would have had no problem shooting them if I’d had a gun. Fortunately, right when they got about a house away, a car came and had to swerve between them (personally I was hoping they’d hit one or all of them) and us beforing driving slowly into their driveway back of me about two houses. So I walked Roxie back to their house, keeping their car between us and the dogs, and they were nice enough to offer to drive Roxie and me past these dogs to the entrance of their neighborhood. However, I told them I felt comfortable enough to be left off once out of sight of the dogs. They said these dogs are always let loose “strategically” to intimidate the neighbors. Since they’ve been there only a few months, they just tried to keep their dog and children down their end of the street away from these dogs. So I walked Roxie home, got my cellphone and drove back over there while calling Animal Control. As I drove out of my neighborhood’s construction entrance onto the adjoining country road, guess who was there–two of the three dogs (the aggressive Sheltie and her bouncer, the blonde lab with the hackles)!! Unbeknownst to me, these two dogs must have been tracking Roxie and I–now that’s scary. I scoped out the house, parked in front, and called Animal Control. It didn’t take long for these two dogs to track back to their house. I was able to get a closer look at the dogs from the safety of my car and it appears the Sheltie’s lower jaw was askew, as if she had been kicked in the jaw and it never healed properly. Wonder what she must have or is still enduring to be so aggressive? After coming out of the house and seeing me parked there, some lady opened the door and called the dogs in. The only unfortunate thing is it was Saturday and apparently Animal Control was off. I’m still waiting to hear if they followed-up on my malice complaint. According to a Sheriff’s Deputy that lives in our neighborhood, these dogs have menaced him and his dog during their walks but he never determined where they lived. Since I got the address, he said these people could be fined $1,000 for each dog. I think the dogs should be removed from the home, assessed and if behaviorable salvageable, placed with loving, responsible pet parents.

  2. I live in Peru where most dogs are off leash whereas my dog is always on leash. Here you get used to pretending to pick up a rock for any aggressive dogs because there’s hardly ever an owner around. Usually, I don’t have problems with other dogs but my dog doesn’t like bigger dogs and some times her reaction causes more attention than she should get. I will definitely try putting objects between her and the bigger dogs! Thanks!

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  4. I am scared to walk past a neighbors house when taking my small dog out for a daily walk which is meant to be therapeutic for me. Twice, the BullMastiff has busted through a cast iron screen door and rushes me and my small dog! The owner only says she is sorry but does not make attempts to control this animal. I have anxiety already and it only makes this worse.

    • Candace Battaglia

      Call animal control people who have animals they cannot control or dont not care to deserves a punishment I have Chihuahua and my neighbors have pitbulls whom they let run loose I called and now they are contained all the time. Sometimes you have to do the unpopular thing and stay safe .

  5. “If you have a dog who is usually trustworthy off-leash, make sure that your dog’s freedom does not negatively impact others”. This IS the problem. MOST owners believe their dog is “friendly”. The message needs to be, IT DOESN”T MATTER IF YOU THINK YOUR DOG IS NOT A PROBLEM; RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE”S RIGHT TO NOT FEEL THREATENED BY YOUR UNSECURED DOG. LEASH YOUR DOG. PERIOD.
    Too many dog owners think the leash is ok not ON the dog, but carried in their hand. This problem is irresponsible dog ownership, and an aggressive, arrogant disrespect for the laws AND for other’s rights to feel safe.

    • Well Said!

    • Absolutely! In my neighborhood people rarely even apologize for their behavior.

    • Candace Battaglia

      Absolutely right .I have neighbor . Who thinks that leash laws dont pertain to them.I had to call theyvwould let their pitbulls run wild whether they were home or not and the 3 dogs would attack each other then tried dig under my fence to get in. I have a Chihuahua and mine is alwYs leashed or in her enclosed dog pen .If you want an animal you need to be responsible and keep it to yourself.

  6. NO dog rules enforced where I live and I’m moving out this month. MULTIPLE off leash incidents to my leashed dog. Best way to protect?? I HATE inadvertently strangling my own dog trying to protect from the off leash dog. I don’t know what to do, help….

  7. Call your local (or county) animal control and report it. All you have to do is fill out a statement and give them your drivers license to make a copy. If you don’t have one, get a member of your household to do it. Tell them you are building a legal case and need to report this crime as a prior incident in the event that the dog really hurt someone. I did when an off leash dog jumped on my mom and followed her up the hill to our house. The dog was just playing, but I don’t care. Dogs are animals are unpredictable. The neighbors will be fined and it will keep increasing the more they keep their dog unrestrained. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE HURT BY ANIMALS off the leash, and I for one think that the only way to stop it is by using the law that was created to keep us safe! REPORT IT!

  8. Mary Boehnlein

    I have a 4 year old male Lab, loves people, neutered at 16 mo., that is reactive toward young intact males by attacking them without any provocation. He gets along with other dogs at the dog park but doesn’t necessarily seek them out as he’d rather chase a ball. He follows me willingly, not wandering around. I have been training him in obedience and agility for 3 1/2 yrs. He is very strong from running and jumping so it is very difficult to control him with out a dominant dog collar or an e-collar. I’ve consulted numerous trainers but no one has specific suggestions to offer. We’ve also tried Prozac without success; it only made him gain weight. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    • Yeah, here’s a suggestion: LEASH YOUR DOG. OTHERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SAFE IN PUBLIC SPACE. Your dog being ‘difficult’ and inconvenient to control without a certain collar is a selfish, dangerous, and irresponsible excuse.

      • Yes…amen Dr Pepper…..& screw the “highly trained” dog…truth is…it’s NOT…you’ve got some work to do there…but then ya cant fix stupid arrogance hey !

    • Leash your freaking dog!

  9. I’m having an issue. My dog is a JRT, and does not do well around other dogs when on a leash. He’s fine at the dog park though. I always have him on a leash, but our neighbor does not. His dog is very friendly, but when they take the dog out, he just roams around without a lease, and a few times, has come up on my dog and surprises him. My dog, of course, flips out. I’m trying my best to calm him down, but he won’t quit barking and pulling on the leash, and the dog owner, maybe standing 50 feet away, does not call his dog back, just stands there and stares at me as I’m desperately trying to calm my dog down. I’m trying everything to keep my dog calm. It doesn’t work. Our community is constantly sending letters and notices out that all dogs have to be on a leash. I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions, please??

    • Talk to your neighbor and ask him to help you out. IF he is rude about it, then be rude back and yell at him anytime his dog approaches your dog. Step in front of his dog to stop it, etc. They will back off. If he can’t be helpful then you don’t have to be nice!

  10. Been walking my dog lately, mostly for training. She used to bark and go after other dogs but after a month of training, she pretty much follows me now and knows not to bark or go after others anymore. But within the last two days, she’s has been rushed by 3 separate off leash dogs. It’s sooo annoying and frustrating!! Although she doesn’t attack or bark back, she’s still scared and sometimes, would be afraid to move at all so I simply just pick her up and keep walking (sometimes with the barking/attacking dog following close behind which is pretty frightening to me too especially if it’s a bigger dog). What I notice though is that some owners have zero control over their dogs, even if they think the dog is friendly, I’m terrified if there comes a situation where my dog or even me gets hurt.

    • Yin, I would love to know how you trained your dog to stop barking and going after dogs on walks. I have a sweetheart labradoodle, small, female. She does the same thing, only when walking on a leash. At dog park or play dates, she is fine. I am working with a trainer and will ask him for help too, but would love to know how you did it. Thanks!!!

  11. I recently got my rescue dog about three months ago and she is still hesitant around other dogs. She is always friendly when she is approached slowly on neutral grounds but hates it when other dogs run at her. I was walking her and my other dog today when this small off leash dog ran at them barking. Luckily my larger black lab just say but my new 30lb mutt freaked. The owner was too far away to do anything so I had to pick her up letting go of the other dog. It was a complete mess that would have been a non issue if people just kept there dogs on a leash!

  12. I was walking my two small poodle mixes on their leashes, when a huge black lab ran out barking and then started growling at my dogs. The lab was trying to grab one of them with its teeth. I pulled my dogs up by their leashes into my arm. I started screaming “Come get your dog”!! The owners were outside messing around with their car, with the fence open. They apologized, as they yelled for the dog to get back in the yard. The owner even hit the dog, this was yesterday. Then the same thing today except the fence was closed with a small opening, of which the black lab came rushing through it, across the street at us again. I started screaming “Come get your dog”!!! But no one was outside this time. Luckily, a man sitting in a truck on my side of the street shewed the dog back into his yard away from us. I think I should call animal control to site them.

  13. Our challenge has more frequently been with the owners of small dogs off leash who think their dog is “friendly” and under the control. More than once we have had these small dogs launch themselves at our leashed dog who frankly is friendly but doesn’t care for being launched at as neither do I. Our dog feels trapped on the leash with unleashed dogs and I don’t blame her. When I ask the owner to call and/or leash the dog, the reply is more often than not hostile, personally attacking to me “relax, I’m sorry your so unhappy” or “it’s just a small dog” or “the dog is friendly, etc.”. When we walk the dog, our desire is to enjoy being outside, nod or greet others (including other dog walkers) politely and keep moving minding our own happy, peaceful business. Is there no recourse with the owners of dogs off leash where the is clearly posted leash your dog multi-use open area, i.e., walkers, bikers, trail runners, and yes, other dog walkers? I’ve thought of carrying an extra leash and leashing up one of those small wandering dogs, but that would probably create more trouble than it’s worth. So anyone have an answer?

    • I have this happen all the time. I have started making it clear that if their small dog gets hurt by my large leashed dog after rushing her, that they have no one to blame but themselves. I also let them know in no uncertain terms that I will not be paying for any vet bills because their off leash small dog rushed my LEASHED large dog. Just because a dog is small and “harmless” doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be leashed. Quite the opposite. They need to be leashed ESPECIALLY because they are so small. I think dogs need to be leashed not only out of respect for others and their safety, but mostly for the dog’s safety. Other people may not react well to your dog running up to them, no matter the size of the dog, even to “play”, and they may react by hitting, kicking, or pepper spraying your dog. Your dog could be hit by a car while unexpectantly dashing after another animal, OR it could be attacked by another dog when it runs up to it. It’s called responsible pet ownership and sadly, there are many people that do not need dogs because of their lack of responsibility. Unfortunately, the poor dogs usually end up ultimately suffering because they are owned by irresponsible idiots.

  14. I appreciate reading all these accounts of their dogs being attacked or provoked by off leash dogs as that has happened to me twice in two weeks. Reading this has convinced me to contact animal control and file a report even though I don’t know the name of the owners or where they live.

    We have a park in our development where these people allow their dog to run, but my dog is a big highly excitable dog so I do all I can to avoid encountering other dogs when she’s on a leash for everyone’s sake. This dog has come tearing at us as fast as she can run, and I’m stuck standing there scared at what’s going to happen. The owners have the same lame excuse ‘she’s friendly’ to justify why she should be allowed to run free. I put up fliers around the development warning people about the dog, and seeking info on where she lives. I’m hoping the owners will see it, recognize that I’m talking about them and keep her on a leash.

    I suspect she is a nice dog in her own home as is my dog. But with people she doesn’t know, who knows how any dog will react.

  15. I have a rather large German Shepherd who is ALWAYS on leash when we are out anywhere both for her safety and for other’s safety. My dog is friendly in most instances, but I do not want unleashed dogs running up to her and rushing her as she may react aggressively to being startled or feeling threatened (as any dog generally does.) You also never know how someone may react to a large dog coming up to them even to play. They may kick or mace your dog out of fear and I would never want that to happen to my dog therefore, I keep her leashed. She could also be hit by a car. I love my dog. That’s why I leash her. I do not want any of the afforementioned to happen. My biggest problem is with people with these tiny dogs that feel like because their dog is small, it doesn’t have to be leashed because it “couldn’t harm a fly”. I am not so much concerned with their dog hurting me or my dog as I am that my dog will grab and shake their stupid little yapper like a stuffed toy if she feels threatened. There is this aggravating little chihuahua that lives next door to us that makes it a priority to bark and run up to my leashed dog EVERY TIME we walk out my front door. The owner just yells from the porch “No (insert dog’s name)! Come back!” Mean while my dog is bracing to attack this flying rat that is launching itself at my dog minding her business in her yard. I finally had enough and told the owner “My dog could possibly snap your dog’s spinal cord with one bite if she got a hold of him if she is threatened or startled, so I would highly suggest keeping your dog leashed or restrained because a dog that size running up to my dog can end very badly and I really don’t want that to happen.” I also explained to him that there would be no paying for any vet bills he incurs to get his dog medical help as a result of his unleashed dog rushing at my leashed dog in her yard. He finally got the hint and now leashes his dog. People PLEASE leash your dogs big or small, but ESPECIALLY if they are small and have a tendancy to run up to other dogs. It does not matter if they are friendly, because the dog they are rushing may not be as reciprocal in unwanted or univited play or attention. If your dog gets hurt, you have no one to blame but yourselves

  16. I have a small 3lb yorkie that is very well behaved and always on a leash. He doesn’t yap, bark, sniff, snip at, or approach any dogs in public, ever. We just really enjoy our walks outside and want to do it peacefully and enjoy our freedom to do so. I live in SF and dogs being off leash are about every 1 in 10 — even though it is against the law. Needless to say, I usually pick him up when I see other dogs off leash in the distance, which is often, but sometimes they sneak up on us.
    Today, like a few other times, one dog came up fast and I instinctively stuck out my leg slowly and calmly between my dog and this ‘well-trained’ 20-25 lb dachshund. I saw the owner 20 feet away looking our way and I told her “you should have her dog on a leash as your dog is not well-trained” (obviously), and to “come get him”. She got really snotty and said the usual “he is well-trained” (although obviously not). This unfortunately p’d me off and I said, “then you are stupid if you think your dog is well-trained.”
    I admit that I did kind of lose it on her. I am generally a very bubbly fun person day-in and day-out. However, when I am forced to deal with selfish, dumb people who don’t understand logical argument, I let loose and say things as they are. Of course, her brilliant response to me was “well, you are a r*tard”. I had just explained to her soundly ‘why’ she was dumb, but I was not offered any logic in return as to why I was a ‘r*tard’. I guess it was just a blank response statement. So at this point she had just gotten to her dog and his leash was under control. Up to that point, her dog hadn’t responded to any of her ‘commands’ to come. At the same time, her dog hadn’t gotten any closer to my dog as he had heeded to my body language/positioning.
    The story gets strange when some guy who was stopped on his bicycle and apparently saw the whole thing from behind me tells me to leave her alone and don’t call her dumb. I said “well, she is dumb if she says her dog is well trained, and yet, her dog was right here and obviously isn’t well-trained”, and I then asked him, “what do you care about this anyways?”. I wasn’t sure if he was with her or what was going on with him. He said “your dog is like the size of an ant, just pick him up!” Then he told her that everything was okay, and she said “thank you!” to him. As she walked away from me and this person it became clear that this was a random stranger to both of us. This was truly a twilight zone moment for me, How was I in the wrong here? I guess besides calling her dumb. …but she was being dumb!
    I believe that I have the right to be vocal when someone violates my peacefulness and freedom with their selfishness and/or stupidity — especially when it is breaking the law and they don’t admit to any wrong doing. I wasn’t screaming at her. I just calmly said, “you should have your dog on a leash”. Even when I told her she was dumb for saying “he is well-trained”, it was a pretty casual voice too.
    Why can’t people see when they are in the wrong? Why can’t people just admit they are wrong even if they do realize it? I admit when I am wrong all the time! No one is perfect. And who the heck was this guy defending her? If I pick up my dog every time an unleashed dog rushes and gets near us, it will make him insecure in the presence of any dog – even ones lawfully on leashes or friend’s dogs. It’s totally the wrong thing to do if the dog has already gotten within striking distance. Plus, me bending down may be seen as a sign of aggression to an off-leash dog. Most obviously, this woman was the one breaking the law, and it was her dog that ran away from her and towards us that caused the entire situation.
    It’s funny how these relatively small things can open your eyes to a world of people that are just selfish to the core and devoid of basic human reasoning. To make matters worse, you begin to realize that they are all around you in the city, defending and reinforcing each other’s stupidity. Errr!! At least we’re home now, safe and sound after another urban adventure.

    • I am so sorry for your experience. My parents have a 2.5 lb Yorkie, Gabbie, who is both very sweet and very spunky. But her size requires us to be very protective, as any unthinking person or frisky animal can cause her very quick and severe injury.

      It amazes me how so many people are inconsiderate or prejudiced against many dogs for various reasons, whether for size, look or possible heritage. I have a 45 lb. shepherd mix who looks very similar to an Australian Kelpie, which are not common in the southern states (south carolina to be specific). Her upright ears & shepherd coloring combined with her energetic nature often causes looks of concern on people we meet, either out on her walks around the neighborhood or on the trails when we hike. I’ve even received some comments that she looks like she may have some coyote in her (dingo if we were in Australia). But Roxie Bear has the sweetest nature (due to the ‘bossy’ nature of herding breeds, I’ve worked very hard with her not to be ‘alpha,’ which truth be told still comes through at times) and because of her small stature for a shepherd, Roxie Bear was recently harassed by several larger dogs at her favorite dog park, an Australian shepherd who kept trying to climb sideways on her to even being “mounted” by a very large chocolate lab to the bemused look of his male owner. After repeatedly requesting he call his dog off her (I was ready to literally kick that dog in the head to get him off), I wondered why a human male would find it necessary to confirm his masculinity via his dog’s dominance–go figure? Especially when as a responsible dog owner, I have specifically trained my dog not to be dominant, at least to humans and whenever under my command.

      This experience of yours has nothing to do with you, but rather the unfortunate society we must navigate. I hope you enjoy many peaceful walks with your Yorkie in the future!

      • This is unrelated to the topic, but your description of your dog combined with where you live makes me think you have a Carolina Dog/American Dingo. It’s a pretty rare breed native to that area, and I think I’ve only met a couple of people who already knew the breed.

        Our rescue dog was listed as a shepherd mix, and we named him Dingo since he kinda looked like one. Then we discovered the Carolina Dog breed, and we realized we had named him the name of his breed… Oh well, he doesn’t seem to mind!

    • Yeah, well her yelling a slur against mentally challenged people at you as a type of curse was very telling about her. Sounds like that guy was trying to play “hero” to probably get somewhere with her. He’s just as stupid as she is. lol We have run-ins (just today) with off leash dogs in our neighborhood, just today, AND we don’t even have dogs! They run all over our property and crap all over our pretty lawn in full view of the off-leash offenders. We have motion-controlled sprinklers, but can’t run them 24/7. We have signs, but these people apparently can’t read. Animal control is really the only option.

  17. Was unloading my groceries from the car. An unleashed dog crossed
    the street and started sniffing my groceries. I immediately hit the alarm on my key fob. Dog took off and owner came came out of her unit. Problem solved.

    • Rarely is it truly the dog. It is 99% of the time, in my opinion, the owner and the lack of training and desire to teach the dog to be under control off leash. It, in my experience, also almost 99% of the time, comes with an attitude of being above the law and somehow special and the rest of us who appreciate the necessity to share space are somehow neurotic. I have finally accepted that it is not me nor my dog personally.

  18. The necessity to share public space is the perfect reason to put your dog on a leash. If you want to go to a space where all dogs can be off leash – then go to an area that is designated for all dogs to be off leash. One of my dogs is a rescue, and she is extremely anxious around other dogs and as a result will fear bite. I currently walk her with our other dog that she is not afraid of. I have been working with her for a long time. She needs to be on a leash – and when other people walk their dogs off leash in a public area, and let their dogs come running up to her – they are putting their own dogs at risk. So you shouldn’t assume that people are lazy, and aren’t training their dogs. It’s obnoxious. It is you that has the attitude of being above the law and needs to learn how to share public space.

  19. I carry SABRE RED Pepper Gel – Police Strength – it’s a gel stream (not a fog or spray) and very low chance of blow back. I’ve had to use it several times while walking my own dog on leash, while off leash dogs have charged out of their yards and across the road to get to me. In most states, stun batons are legal and I would suggest getting one and using it if needed.

    I NEVER allow an off leash or any dog that I do not know greet my dog. I don’t “concern” myself and make it my responsibiltiy to “assess” the off leash dogs intent or “if it’s friendly” or not. I do not ask the owners to get their dogs, because the several times I’ve been charged – there is no time to negotiate with an ignorant owner. I say “NO”, put my dog behind me, if the dog retreats- great, if not it’s maced until it does.

  20. I found this article this morning because my pup and i had an incident with a neighbors dog this morning. My place is a duplex with a nice big yard, which unfortunately is not fenced in. The building next door is s multi unit apartment building with no yard. So all of the dog owners use our yard for their pets. Truthfully, I would mind this if I want constantly cleaning up other peoples pets’ waste, and that non of the dogs are ever leashed. One neighbor has a dog about the size of mine ( mine is 80 pounds). Her dog is not aggressive, but my dog at 9 years old is pretty shy and timid meeting dogs. This morning the dog sprinted out of nowhere to play, but caught my dog, and ME by surprise! My dog jumped and turned to run away, and as a result caught the back of my knees with the leashed taking me down hard on the ground. The other dog obeyed my ” stay! ” command. Regardless. My dog was terrified, and I was slightly injured. I need some advice on dealing with this. Should I post a letter at their building asking them to comply with city ordinances? Don’t want to be a heel, but this is getting old. Btw. The owner came out after I made it all the way to my place.

    • Go speak to the apartment complex’s management office and let them know that their residents need to leash their animals if they insist on using a yard that is technically not their property. Their dogs need to be leashed anyway, but especially considering that it is not even their yard. If that doesn’t yield results I would start contacting the appropriate authorities. People need to learn that their dogs aren’t special when it comes to being leashed.

  21. This has to be some of the worst advice I have ever heard!! This should be removed so that no one tries to use these methods. Although there are a few good tips, you should never Have food on you as this may cause your own dog to be more protective of you, or if the oncoming dog has food agression , you could actually create a problem that may not have occurred. Having treats on you can also tempt wildlife. You should never use treats to train you dog!!! Also it says you can startle the charging dog! That would be a really great way to get bit! You NEVER want to scare to dog but you do want the dog to see that you are confident and willing to control the situation. A firm STOP, STAY, DOWN, NO or my favourite OFF! Will suffice. Hopefully that will do it but I do reccomend carrying a non lethal spray just incase there is a vicious dog that is looking for a fight. Way too many dog owners lack the knowledge of their pets and are too lazy to train the dogs. Be safe and train your dogs :)

  22. Please don’t throw treats! Throwing treats encourages the bad behavior.

  23. One of my previous foster dogs had a lot of dog related ptsd and was very aggressive towards other dogs. I have experience with reactive dogs and could always manage her when we saw other dogs on our walks but I ultimately had to get rid of her because she attacked my neighbors off leash small dog and she complained to my apartment complex. Even after I told my neighbor repeatedly that my dog does not like other dogs, her response was always “well, my dog is friendly” it doesn’t matter if your dog is friendly.

  24. I have an Alaskan Malamute and she hates off lead dogs running towards her. When I see the dog come i shot for the own to call there dog and tell them my dog is aggressive(witch in cases like this, she can be) they usual get there dog but if they i just drop the lead and let her pin them(she doesn’t attack them, luckily) I also have 2 staffordsheir bullterriers witch everyone walks in the opposite direction if they see staffs, witch is very sad to judge dogs. My 2 are soft as shite, loves the attention from both humans and dogs. I have a mongrel who was a rescue and he doesn’t like dogs charging and pushing there nose on him as he’s old(15) so I just shout to the owner and kick the other dog out of the way or tell another one of my dog to pin it.

  25. I have a rescue Bull Terrier bitch, Roxy who’s 6 & I’ve owned for 4 years. I’ve had major issues walking her ON LEASH due to her high level aggression to other dogs & prey (over) drive.
    When walking, Roxy and I seem to be magnet for every unleashed dog in my area…whether the owner is present or not.
    (She was a breeders dog ??? and had a crappy life..killed both her two litters, desexed & disgarded by 21 months.)
    At home she’s obedient, clownish..& as they say…”a 3 year old child in a dog suit” who adores my gran kids.
    I have consulted with a reputable K9 behaviour rehab centre who has assessed US and say she is anxious..not aggressive…yep…I knew that…The centre estimated the root of her aggressive behaviour was potentially 25% Roxy & 75% me…I dont necessatily dispute this as I do leave my home to walk her, fearing another encounter with an unleashed dog.
    We have been set upon by an Am Staff/ Pit type…who’s blonde bimbo …dumb-as-dogshit owner was 60 second behind it…thats a long time when your being repeatedly lunged at.

    Last week I spotted a big black dog at the play area…supervised by 2 girls..the eldest was lucky to be 14…I crossed the road to put some traffic between us…when this thing with a head like a rottie & taller than a rottie came barrelling accross the road with head down…focussed on Rox…who by this stage was going ballistic. I turned myself into the dog and commanded it ‘sit’…stopped it for a nano second…called to girl…can you get your dog…which she did…though in the meantime the bloody thing was almost hit by 4wd (I was secretly delighted) …no I’m not an evil woman..I raised and walked 2 rotties years ago…nothing remarkable ever happened…I love most dogs…it’s the owners of UNLEASHED dogs…I secretly want to hurt…
    I have anxiety issues at times..and walking dogs use to help’s now just counter productive.
    So P L E A S E..all you arrogant swines who insist on walking your dogs off leash in UNAPPROVED areas….BEWARE OF THE OWNER. Red Nana 😈

  26. I have two pit bulls a male and a female. I love to walk them. The male does not do well when approached by other dogs. This happened twice yesterday and once today. We were walking and these dogs came running out of their yards, barking at my dogs. I am almost considering not walking them anymore and it makes me sad but if my dog hurts the other dog he will get blamed because of his breed.

  27. I strongly inforce the leash law. My dog was killed by a large dog not properly leased by its owner. My dog was on a leash. This dog should have not been out as aggressive it was. I turnedand walked the other way when I saw them. Was nowhere near them. The dog escaped its lease (supposably) cane after my dog thay was nowhere near or even looking at this dog. And even though the police came, nothing was done.

  28. My Aussie Shepherd mix is now 11 yrs. old. Back in the days when we’re able to walk much, much farther, one medium-sized dog bolted out of his house across the street where Otis & I were walking. I carried the long, bamboo stick then. However, when he started barking crazily at Otis & appeared to attack him, all I could do was pull Otis away continually in a circle until I got off balance myself & fell. The owners ran after the dog immediately & finally got off of Otis. Fortunately, nothing bad came out of that situation except rattled nerves. Otis hair was so thick around his neck area, he was protected by it. After reading this article I will add the Spray Shield to my carry-all protective tools as well, although we seldom walk these days with Otis’ Right shoulder – leg arthritis. Thank you for this helpful, very informative article!

  29. Can someone help me? I’ve been working on training my now 16 mo old gsd and it’s going ok. Ok in the fact I can have people in my house after she meets them, is great with all the children, loves all family dogs and birds. She of course will be skeptical of strangers but I can walk her among people and pets in crowed places without issue. But when I walk her down the dirt road on my street my neighbors dog jumps out into the road showing all her teeth and barking at us while lunging. My dog does react to this and I’m applying corrections for her to stop barking pulling lunging, trying to move forward. My neighbor is not helping. He’s outside sometines and yells at her to come, which takes a while. I got my dog home and just started to cry, thinking about all the training and ongoing training each day This situation just doesn’t help my young dog. I just feel like Im a failure. She is a great animal and my 3rd shepherd. So I’m so upset with my neighbor right now. I wanted to help him desensitize his dog by setting meetings up between us. Walking past while each dog is on a LEAD with the owner, so slowly each dog will get used to seeing each other. But how can this happen if he leaves his dog outside behind an electric fence! The dog just goes through it. I don’t even think it’s working right. What a bad day. Ugh. I’m tired
    Thanks Reg

    • Hey Reg,
      P.S, maybe you can get a large friend to walk down the dirt rd with you & pup…take you mobile phone and shoot some video…
      You need to make judgement call here as to whether this is safe to do…if neighbour see’s you capturing all the action on your phone..with witness…he may feel intimidated enough himself to secure his yapping menace….just a though.😈

  30. Hey Reg,
    So sorry & I feel your pain. If I left my bully in my front yard I have NO DOUBT she would behave the same as your dumb neighbours dog. This is why she’s kept in the backyard …duh!
    Your neighbours either an arrogant swine or dumb as dog doo…you cant fix stupid.
    Ask yourself…if you were walking down that dirt road with a 3 year old child instead of your young pup…would that change your action plan…there are laws controlling irresponsible owners & in your case…the menace is easily identifiable.
    Be safe…dont give up 🙆

  31. I’m fostering a 4 yr old pit bull, she’s the best! But unfortunately since I last fostered( about a year ago )my block got super crazy! I live one block from a park , and there are so many , too many people letting their small dogs off leash. It’s absolutely frustrating! God forbid if she reacts and does anything, even if she’s leashed and I’m being a responsible owner, she’ll be gone just because of her breed. It’s amazing, and unbelievable the lack of common sense these owners have,and truly selfish, my foster deserves to be walked also. I was actually considering getting her a muzzle, ( even tho she’s not agresive and dog friendly!!) but I found this info very helpful, thank u.

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  33. My miniature apple head chihuahua Batman he was 8 years old was walking in our gravel driveway with our other dog on Thanksgiving and was attacked and killed by our neighbors pack of dogs who always run lose it’s been awful hard these last few days I had family in from out of town and all the family on their way over we just moved here in July I’m so heart broken and I’m not sure what my next steps are going to be animal control was out for the holidays this is like a nightmare I had gotten batman after my mom past away and my husband was over seas

  34. I’m so sorry Mrs Williams; about your mum firstly… and your dog.
    I guess we need to compensate for all the irresponsible & hopeless owners who think they’re godly coz they give a home to a dog… (warning…these people also have children)
    I have a rescue Bully bitch who hates other dogs…they (the unleashed dogs) would probably kill her too coz she thinks she’s tuff stuff…my mission in life is to make sure “they” never get that opportunity. 😇

  35. For one year there have been 3 chiwawa or mixed dogs have been running loose. They have chased myself an my had, chased my neighbor, as well as a man that came to my defense another time. I called animal control who came out an witnessed the dogs chasing us. Gave warning ticket. Did no good they never kept their dogs up. Came after us not a week later,called animal control. Called animal control 3rd time, they told me the dogs were not out when they drove by an i would hav to sign complaint. Well the dogs don’t come out to chase a truck! Help they still running loose.

  36. Hi Debbie,
    How annoying. I can just hear your neighbour ” they’re only little dogs..they wont hurt you.”
    In Australia our dog control services come under the local council. If you believe your dog control service is shirking it’s duty..then it may be time to write some letters of complaint … go “up the chain” so to speak…lol no pun intended.
    Document the occasions where this has happened; the time, date, action taken by you & action taken by dog control officers, I would be bold enough to politely ask for the officers ID, so I could include it in my letter of complaint. Photos or video may help.
    I fear for the dogs, as someone nasty may take matters into their own hands. Or worst still if someones child becomes a target of these unruly wont be a happy ending for either. Good luck, Red Nana

  37. Great post! I was walking my dog (50lbs) on a leash, ofcourse, and a much smaller maltese mix off leash came running towards us. Our dog’s not friendly with other dogs so we yelled at the dog and owner to back off but the small dog rushed towards us. Luckily, we were able to intervene and prevent our dog from engaging.

    In this case, if our dog or I ended up hurting the smaller dog, who would be at fault? The smaller dog was off leash.

  38. I have 2 small dogs (bichon mix, 12 pounds & Peekapoo, 5 pounds) who I don’t take on a leash. Recently moved to a new apartment complex. Apparently my dogs not having a leash is a problem for someone cause they’ve complained twice now. Now I have to wake up 30 minutes early & take them one at a time cause 2 at the same time is too much for me, even though they’re small. Don’t bother anyone, except the Bichon does little barks when people walk by, whether on a leash or not. One of my neighbors has 2 Schnauzers who are loud, bark constantly, and pull to their owner while on a leash. My dogs look at them & continue to mind their business, but apparently that’s not good enough for them. They tell my roommate about my dogs, but never me. I know my dogs are supposed to be on a leash & I put them on it, but I think people need to get over it. If they were vicious, first of all wouldn’t have them, then I completely understand. But as a quiet neighbor who has pretty good behaving dogs I shouldn’t have to be harassed by someone cause my dogs are doing nothing wrong. I pick up their poop & when someone has a leashed dog I pick both of them up & wait until they’re out of plain sight then put them back down. Had the Peekapoo for 9 years. Never had someone tell me to leash her especially when she doesn’t like people & minds her business.

    • Because one day anything could happen and then your dog is killed, injured, or at the pound. If you don’t want your dog to suffer any of those three instances then leash it. I get up early, everybody gets up early. Suck it up or buy a house with a fence. It’s not OUR job to save YOUR pets.

    • “Apparently my dogs not having a leash is a problem for someone cause they’ve complained twice now. Now I have to wake up 30 minutes early & take them one at a time cause 2 at the same time is too much for me, even though they’re small.”

      Oh, you poor baby! Maybe you shouldn’t own dogs if you’re not able to responsibly deal with said dogs. People like you are why 99% of the posters on this page have issues with off-leash dogs.

  39. My neighbor lets her dog run loose so much that he thinks my property is his own. He comes very close barking at contractor’s and grandchildren and is at times snarling and threatening. I have asked nicely for the dog to be controlled on their own property and mentioning that I was tired of cleaning ujp the dogs droppings and having my flowers and various branches turn yellow. So I tried to approach them again this spring.and was
    blasted for suggesting that I may have to call someone [animal control] if the situation doesn’t improve. It is obvious to me that she thinks she will be a “mean’ person if she leashes her dog. I believe she is living in a very false “everything is beautiful” post-hippie state. She is allowing her dog to be a nuisance and trying to make it look like it is my responsibility to tolerate the infringements. I can see her attitude is set and I will not be able to solve the problem on a neighbor-to-neighbor basis. I will see what animal control will do about the situation.

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  41. In my neighborhood, we have several unleashed dogs that will occasionally rush/chase/ sniff my leashed dog when we go for walks. Sometimes the owners are not there to call off the dogs, but if they are, they are the “my dog is friendly, the rules don’t apply to me” types. My dog hates being rushed by these off leash dogs. My strategy is usually to give a firm command, and keep going, as most of these dogs will usually give up when you are out of “their territory”.

    So today, as I was rounding a corner, a new dog/ puppy that I haven’t seen before rushed my dog and started sniffing/ jumping. I did not see the owner and kept moving. Apparently she was shouting from around the corner and was saying “stop so I can get my dog”. Eventually I heard her (and she was yelling with an attitude, like I was at fault or something) when she was in my line of sight, and she came over to get her dog. I told her I didn’t hear her. Rather than apologizing, she picked up her dog and just walked away. I’m very irritated, I think next time I will call animal control. Where do these people get their arrogance?

  42. Someone’s off-leash small dog apparently tried to attack my on-duty service dog. Unfortunately I can’t remember it — it triggered a “seizure” — but witnesses say they asked about the dog and the owner only said, “It belongs here.” I wish I knew what happened, and who caused it.

  43. I have neighbors who walks their big dogs unleashed. Not even holding a leash ‘just in case’.

    One walks her dogs and looks like she’s in twilight because she just stares when her dogs rushes towards my dog. I have to walk my dog a block or two away from her because my fear makes my dog aggressive to those big dogs.

    Another one jogs with his dog. Again, no leash and the owner doesnt bring anything to control his dog ‘just in case’. And of course, the dog is practically running when the owners jogs so everytime we walk by, his charges and my dog just starts fight back. There was a time when my dog just climbed up to me because the joggers dog rushed towards mine.

    It is so frustrating to see irresponsible owners. My dog only gets aggresive when there are unleashed dogs with owners. I admit that it probably bacause i am afraid that something might happen. But in some occasions, something did happen. And honestly stray dogs are calmer than owned dogs.

    Can i just throw rocks at the owners? B

  44. The problem with these lazy, negligent pieces of garbage who should not be allowed to own any living organism in the first place is that they have no fear of consequences because, of course, there are no consequences. When my on-leash dog was attacked by an off-leash dog and needed surgery to survive, the negligent owner was visited by animal control and they basically wagged their finger at her and said don’t let it happen again. It could have easily been a kid, it’s only by dumb luck that she is not a child murderer. And that’s how we as a society need to start treating these people – like murderers and attempted murderers. They knowingly let unpredictable, uncontrollable deadly weapons loose in the streets to strike at random. These people really ought to be flayed alive slowly, but I’ll compromise and demand they be charged with either murder or attempted murder, depending on the outcome of the incident.

  45. We live in the “country” larger lots approximately an acre or so big. People think they live on a 30 acre parcel. I have been charged by four Rottweillers while walking my scottie and schnauzer. I started to scream and someone came out of the house–only to leave again when seeing all the dogs fighting around me. Finally, someone with some control came out and hauled the dogs back. Yesterday, I was charged by a very large bloodhound. I yelled for help and no one came. I was able to eventually walk away without incident and then when I came around the corner to my own house three unleashed dogs came charging. They were visiting my neighbor but after just being charged by the Bloodhound I was in no mood and started yelling for the to get the f****** dogs away from me. I called the police on the bloodhound and they gave them a warning. My neighbor isn’t happy with me for yelling at the dogs visiting his yard. Wtf, I am so sick of people thinking it is cool for there dogs to run off leash. It is not cool and against the law.

  46. Well just today on my way home from the liquor store, two wild rottweilers walk with me. Never saw them and I felt more comfortable with them. Should’ve taken a picture or video. Someone whistled to them, yet they didn’t follow. The walked with me for 6 long blocks and whats interesting, they sat in the grass of my house never having never been there. This happened has I passed my home, midway of me getting to the next store I go to for smokes. It was great and a bit unreal. They were quite sweet.

  47. I have a Chihuahua mix with Maltese. We went to the dog park and as soon as we enter another dog started to chase mine, this other dog was medium size but still bigger. Mine got scare and when the other owner saw, she scream no no no. In my head am thinking ok this dog is going to attack? So, I swing my leg between them and the other dog got scare and STOP (He got scare because we are new, he is checking and trying boundaries) Another dog owner came to me and poke me hard really hard on my left shoulder and told me out loud. WHY YOU KICK THE DOG, YOU DON’T DO THAT….. more than ones.. I told him I didn’t and me swinging my leg STOP the other dog but didn’t hurt him.

    Well at the end the lady owner act like a victim and eventually she left with her dog same the other dog owner.

    My dog is small and she was on a leash her dog wasn’t.

    Reactions like that make me roll my eyes. I love my dog, I adore animals. Am a dog sitter for heavens sake. Dogs are like children they should be educated if they are not then dog ownerd should always keep an eye on their dog and on a leash.

    Take care guys!

  48. Hi today in monning ,I starting walking on the park. I sew 2 guns walking on they dogs.1 dog is on leash anther bigger one not.I sew them before fewdays .the bigger dog seamthing off ieash. running toward me and scread me. I told owner I scred off dog please keep your dog on leash.and they said they dog frieddly .who know?not me.SO today when I sawing them faw away I keep faw away from they pass.But the bigger dog stair running to me.the owener ignornd me I sater scrming and they call back dog.I said keep your dog on laesh.They told me if you scared dot came park.They no sorry.I hert people think they dog ferindly,NOT FOR every body.

  49. It is a daily battle for my dog and myself dealing with off leash dogs. My dog has been has been attacked by countless dogs off leash over the years. The most serious was an american pitbull that grabbed my dogs throat that sent him to the emergency vet. He survived but has become more frequently dog aggressive. The owner and dog ranger didnt care about the unprovoked attack that occured where dogs are 2 be leashed. My dog was born with hip dysplasia which makes him very sore if dogs keep jumping on him. So he has never liked dogs right in his face, and who would like that? The off leash owners always yell its friendly then give me a dirty look like im a bad owner if my dog tries 2 squabble with that dog cause its constanly pouncing on him or licking his face. I love the suggestion of saying my dogs contagious.

  50. In Arizona its about the same as most of the stories I read here. I’ve been attacked about once a year over the last 6 years by unleashed dogs. Its always the same. Either my dog won’t bite or the best was the last. When I reported it to so called community action police, they went to the house and believed a story that I was looking over their fence and dogs got loose and came after me! I had already reported to the local dog control (911 wont respond here) who went to the property and denied the event. 2 days later this motorcycle bully tried to corner me and my leashed dog but went away when my dog went crazy. I reported again to community action knuckleheads to no avail( they believed it was my fault) so……..long story short the local police finally came by and went to the guys place. Tonight in walking by the area his dogs freaked out and there he was peering over the fence. I’m sick of being the victim and then being called out for walking in public on public streets with my dog on leash. More than likely this scumbag is a renter, whereas I lived in my neighborhood for over 30 years.

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