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Dogs walking off leash without owner in sight

Walking my dogs twice on the walking path in Mayliewan area, 82 street and east towards 76 street. There is one entrance mid way into this path at about 79 street. Twice now we have encountered loose dogs with the owners out of site on this path.

Last year an aggressive Samoyed who picked a fight with my very old dog and the owner did nothing.

Last week a German Shepherd puppy came bounding down the path, owner nowhere in site and ran directly to me struggling to control my two large collie puppies. The owner appeared while I nearly broke my fingers clutching the dogs leashes. I was so upset, he apologized, still shouldn’t happen at all..

Today around 5:40 a loose Pit Bull came down the same path onto the path I was on. It came barreling from around the corner as the other Shephard did towards my dogs, my female who is tiny build got too close and the pit bull went after her. Her owner came around the corner and fell on the ice. I was yelling at her to get her dog, I am not sure she understood as she had a strong European accent. I could not hold mine much longer. My dogs do not realize the harm they could have encountered with a Pit Bull. There was almost a terrible fight and I was terrified. There is no reason for these people to take these dogs on walks, leash dragging on the ground while the dog bounds ahead out of site.

What if… that dog bit someone in surprise, or attacked a small dog, or knocked a senior over or chased a kid on a bike. What if? That is why we have off leash dog parks people. Not public walking paths and why is the city not patrolling these paths. They did one summer. These people know they can get away with it and they know there is nothing that can be done. A lot of people walk these paths and they are not a place for a unrestrained dog. I tried to report to bylaw but there is no subject under loose dogs in leashed area to report.

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So if you own a restricted dog, or an aggressive dog towards other dogs or people, hold that leash. What are you looking for, you are so irresponsible it makes me sick of this happening in supposedly a safe zone to walk my dogs and train them.

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  1. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    ALWAYS report loose dogs to Animal Control. Take pictures if you can.

    Loose dogs are against the law for a reason. A dog that is off leash confronting dogs that are on leash is one of the most sure-fire ways to start a dog fight, and the dogs on the leash are usually the ones who lose.

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  2. “Restricted dog” bitch please. Any dog can be aggressive. Why not just say all dogs should be on a leash unless it’s otherwise posted on a sign where it’s appropriate.

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    • Do we even have ‘restricted breeds’ in edm?? I own 2 pittie crosses and both are great with dogs and other ppl… unless someone has a problem with a slobber bath

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    • Do we even have ‘restricted breeds’ in edm?? I own 2 pittie crosses and both are great with dogs and other ppl… unless someone has a problem with a slobber bath

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    • This person is just trying to be biased about larger/strong breed dogs.

      I have a pit bull / rottie mix at home and she’s the happiest / sweetest dog I know!

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    • Catrina Hills There’s no restrictive breeds in the city of Edmonton. However, there is a “restricted dog” bylaw which is basically what you label ANY dog that has shown signs of aggression and or has actually bit someone, chases people, animals or vehicles and has been convicted under the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw.

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    • Keeana Brighton Dayna thays completely different. My pups are pittie/sheppard. And pittie/mastiff. Both are super loving and raised with kids. Im sure ill have issues with ppl like the OP down the road tho. Esp since my daughter walks my mastiff and shes only 6

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  3. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    Also there is no such thing as a “restricted dog” in Edmonton city limits.
    Chances are that the dog you saw wasn’t even an American Pitbull Terrier. Most of the people who claim to see pit bulls don’t even know how to properly distinguish and identify all the different types of Bully breeds.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Restricted dogs in this context then would be Dangerous Dogs which is a label given out by the city to identify repeat and violent canine offenders.

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    • Kait Priest Kait Priest says:

      Kira Kreiser you’re right. I was remembering the terminology incorrectly.

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    • Yes!!!! Thank you!! Lol a restricted dog in Edmonton is a dog that is a previous “offender”. I wish this was actually common knowledge. And I wish even more that these dogs were the ones with restrictions. Half the time they’re ankle biters!!! Lol

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Yep. Out of the big dogs I saw labelled as dangerous when I was in bylaw, the majority of them were Huskies, GSDs and Akitas. Akitas being the most common dog related to other animal attacks. Which doesn’t surprise me at all. Doesn’t mean the breed should be banned. It just means it’s a powerful breed that doesn’t do well with other animals unless socialized with an experienced handler.

      Statistically speaking, the three most dangerous dogs in the world (meaning most likely to turn on their humans) are the Daschund, the Jack Russell Terrier and the Chihuahua.

      Biting is something that dogs do to communicate. It is not an evil act that they do to be malicious. When you ignore their body language or if you do not know how to read your dog, you are bringing such behaviour on yourself.
      You are also asking for trouble if you routinely teach your dog NOT to growl or snap. In doing this, you are taking away your dogs’ most effective way of saying LEAVE ME ALONE. So he has no other option but to bite you to get the point across.

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  4. Theres a lady that lives 2 buildings down from my ex that let her dogs free roam with no leash. Her 2 dogs attacked our jack russell. Thank god he wasnt hurt but we reported her to animal control and she is getting fined and going to court. I also got pictures on my phone of her dogs not being on leashes

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  5. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    Quick! Find the American Pitbull Terrier!

    If you can’t pick it out, stop identifying square headed dogs as pit bulls. You are adding to the confusion and fear.
    Here’s a hint: only one of these dogs is an APBT.

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    • Kara Fehr Kara Fehr says:

      Found it! 😀

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    • Kara Fehr Kara Fehr says:

      They use a famous dog picture too that they use for other pictures of identifying APBT’s

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Kara Fehr interesting! I was under the impression that they were all just google image stock photos

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    • Kara Fehr Kara Fehr says:

      Not all of them nope

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    • He never said American Pit Bull Terrier. he said “pit bull” which is a recognized term for ANY dog originally bred to be pitted in fights. Use your head..

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Pit Bull is short term for APBT. Just like Berner is for Bernese Mountain Dog, Newfie is for Newfoundland, Rottie is for Rottweiler.

      None of the bully breeds were “originally” bred to fight in pits. Don’t believe everything you hear.

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    • A pitbull is described as a muscular, short haired, stocky dog (such as an American Pitbull Terrier it American Staffordshire Terrier) of any of several breeds or a hybrid with one or more of these breeds that was originally developed for fighting and is noted for strength, stamina, and tenacity.
      No need to say “use your head” because until I literally googled the meaning, I thought it sounded crazy too. I thought pitbull was short for APBT, just like the other examples Kira gave. (Great name by the way- my rotties name is Keira! Lol)

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  6. Laura Brown Laura Brown says:

    It doesn’t matter if your dog is aggressive or not, it should be on a leash. Why? Because the dog your “friendly” dog is bounding up to to be “friends” with may not be friendly and your dog will get attacked and the poor dog who is being walked properly on a leash will get blamed for the event that was preventable if you hadn’t been an asshole and let your dog loose. I had a woman one time get all snotty with me about how her dog was “fine” with other dogs (dragging his leash behind him). News flash, mine is not. So how about everyone just stops being an asshole, and keeps theirs dogs on a fucking leash unless they are at an off-leash park. And please, people who use off-leash parks – this is NOT a free-for-all. If your dog is aggressive or has no recall and/or social skills, keep it out of the off-leash as well. That’s how dog fights happen at the off-leash. Take it for some training and socialization at obedience class and then bring it safely to the off-leash. Why is common sense soooo lacking in so many dog owners?

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    • Lynn Vog Lynn Vog says:

      I agree Laura. Having two small terriers, being charged by a dog much bigger than ours can be a terrifying experience. Yes all dogs can be aggressive, however an 80 pound dog can kill my dogs with one shake. This should not be an argument based on the size of a dog, but should be the responsibility of all dog owners off leash to train their dogs proper recall, make sure the dog has been socialized properly to interact with other dogs and humans and if not please don’t have your dog running free. I don’t think anyone that is decent wants to see another animals ripped to pieces . Be a responsible dog owner.

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  7. My favorite is when I tell people to stay away from our grey (97lbs) and she sometimes jumps up on people if she gets nervous. Well, a guy surprised our dog at the campsite and she jumped up on him and he had these huge scratches down his chest. I could tell he was annoyed and I said “now will you believe me about her jumping up on people?” Smile. He said he didn’t think she would jump because she was on a leash. REALLY????!!!!!!! Don’t. Surprise. Any. Dog!!! Big or small. One of many reasons I like dogs better than most people.

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  8. Carry spray. And use it.

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  9. Can’t speak on your first 2 encounters but the “pitbull” running with its leash dragging and a lady running after who fell kinda sounds like he got away from her. This has happened to me before. Luckily the people my lab approached grabbed his leash seeing I needed help.

    Not everyone is an asshole

    Oh and ps. If you’re breaking your fingers trying to restrain your dogs your dogs are no better behaved…. Look in a mirror before judging others

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  10. Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

    To me … I don’t care if you have control of your dog without a lease … and in all reality I have never seen it . .when it comes to parks or even walks .. some ring attracts their attention they are going to run after it no matter ypu calling him/her they are running to get what’s in their sight … so if your dog is on a sidewalk .. in a park UNLESS IT SAYS OFF LEASH .. your dog should BE ON A LEASH …….even in those off leash parks you are putting your dog in danger of another aggressive dog …. why do that to your dog ….my son has a pure pit ball or so it says on his bill of sale .. and she is gentle … but put your hand down by her food when she is eating and the growling starts …I personally do not know if she would bite your hand if you took the food away or not .. yet as you say she is gentle.. playing with her on the tug rope she will get to the growling … it’s just in them …so grab your phone when the dog starts towards you .. put on video quickly as you have the time and you have everything in site as well as audio .. also get owner on camera as well .. they will be able to determine how far behind the owner was behind dog showing they do not have control of their dog

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  11. Lisa Wood Lisa Wood says:

    Unfortinately, some pet owners are dicks. They don’t pick up poop and they let their dogs run around with little to no regard for other poeple or their pets. Sadly, bitching on here won’t do anything. Getting the owner’s address and reporting them to 311 is the only way to get any recourse on this. Good luck!

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  12. This drives me crazy. And I get so tired of hearing “oh he/she is friendly” …. well I have a fearful leash reactive dog – and she is on a leash AT ALL TIMES – we do everything we can to avoid dogs – it is completely irresponsible to let your “friendly” dog be off leash where they shouldn’t be. DRIVES ME CRAZY.

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  13. I would take my pug and pitbull to the dog park and people would be so ignorant. When my pug approached big dogs, and they started growling at him, the owners would tell me to watch him, because he’s upsetting their dog. Then when other small dogs aproached my pitbull and were barking at her, and SHE growelled at them, the owners would tell me to watch my dog, she shouldn’t be growling. It was a lose lose situation, no matter if I had the big or small dog I was always wrong and it was my dogs fault no matter what. My pitbull is very social, one time she and another bigger dog met and the other dog started growling, the owner said theres something wrong with my dog because his dog never growls.My dog growls it’s my fault, their dog growls- it’s my fault.

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      Yeah owners just don’t want to accept responsibility of their animals … and yet when he goes home wonder how the story he tells his partner … was it .. this little dog came along and ours put him in his place and growled at him .. or this little dog came and growled at our dog scared him so he had to growl back .. lol . Just be happy when you take your dog for a walk . Keep control .. and when your dog starts to growl it’s because if danger and if those guys get on you about it .. just say to them . Have a good day .. and her bark is worse than her bite .. laugh and keep going

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  14. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    At the end of the day, people who allow their dogs to approach other strange dogs know nothing about canine behaviour.

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  15. Cori Duhamel Cori Duhamel says:

    I only go to the dog park to walk my dogs because I hate walking them on leash. But I would never walk them off leash anywhere else. I don’t trust them enough not too take off! The thought alone scares me…

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    • Cori Duhamel Cori Duhamel says:

      I can take my dogs to the park all I want and I don’t need your rude comments. Back off

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      You’re going to continue to do what you want to do, Cori, of that I am sure.

      But someone needs to tell you that people like you are the reason why dog parks are avoided like the plague by dog trainers and behaviourists. People like you are the reason why dog parks are unsafe for other well trained dogs.

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    • Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

      Never EVER take your dog to a dog park or off leash area if you do not have immediate recall of your dog EVERY. TIME.

      And if you don’t have recall down, chances are the dog isn’t properly trained in other aspects as well.

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  16. Did you know that if you see a loose dog you can pick it up and take it to the ACC, or call them to come get it.. you cannot take it from its property but otherwise you can take it because dogs are not allowed to run at large.

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  17. I agree. ALL dogs should be on a leash. My neighbours shitzu ran up to me and bit my leg out of no where while I was pushing my stroller! lol. Like seriously. I’m just walking and your yappy ads dog bites me? All I can say is she better hope her dog never bites my kids. Keep your dogs on a leash and pick up their shit. I don’t leave my kids dirty diapers on the ground for you to step in or on your lawn.

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  18. Not to take away from your valid point, the dogs should be leashed but your anxiety and fear over what could happen is definitely a bigger issue. Dogs can sense these emotions which could lead to trouble, making yourself and your dogs targets. It also sounds as though you dont have control over your own dogs partly I am sure due to them sensing your anxiety fear and anger when put in that situation. If you are scared and you cant control your dogs on a leash you shouldnt be walking your dog around other dogs leashes or not until you yourself get training on how to deal with the situation. There will always the possibility of dogs off leash anywhere you go.

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  19. There is no way to know whose breed is going to be aggressive or attack these days. I was walking my dog yesterday, on leash, and was passing an older gentleman with an older dog that I still can’t say what breed it was. My dog is a shitzu/pug cross and although small is not yappy or an instigator. Actually, he is usually so into his walk and peeing on everything he rarely even wants to stop to meet another dog. Anyways, this medium size, stocky, long haired dog would have ripped my dog apart had both our dogs not been on leashes and able to be kept apart and it had absolutely no German Shepard or rotted or pit bull in him. My point is that there is a leash law for a reason and my walk yesterday was one. And I would be devastated if my dog ever took off and got ran over because he wasn’t on a leash either. So my point is that there is no way to know what dog is going to attack based solely on breed and it’s asinine to think you can.

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  20. Sam Weber Sam Weber says:

    Question for poster. Were you walking your dog leashed in an off leash area?? If so then please do some research about dogs and aggression while being leashed in an unleashed area. I found this with my own dogs. I used to be uneasy about letting them run free in an off leash area and kept them leashed but there was always aggression issues with my dog being tied. I was told by someone else that it was because my dog was leashed. My dog runs free in off leash areas all the time and the ONLY time we ever encounter an issue is when we come across a leashed dog. If you are entering an off leash area you NEED to let your dog off leash too. If that makes you uncomfortable than you need to stick to leashed areas only. Just my opinion.

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  21. I agree that ALL DOGS should be on leashes when anywhere except in their own yard or at off-leash parks. I wouldn’t bring my rottie leashed to an off leash dog park as that’s asking for a confrontation problem too, but I do expect that when I take my dog out on the public sidewalks, I should be able to trust that there won’t be a dog running up to us off leash, whether they are aggressive or excited. My dog is not aggressive, but if another dog comes barrelling towards me, she WILL act to protect me.
    And as for everyone jumping down the posters throat about naming one of the breeds “pit bull”- cmon. They also mentioned a husky and a shepherd. I don’t care if it’s a pit bull or a damn border collie coming towards me; be responsible pet owners people. I own a “bully breed” too, I get it, it’s disheartening for someone to call the breed you know as loving and amazing something terrible. But every time someone mentions the word “pit bull” it doesn’t necessarily mean they are discriminating the breed. I could be wrong, but I think what they meant by “my dogs do not realize the harm they could have encountered with a pitbull ” is that their dogs are not used to boundaries with other dogs (her dog got too close for the other dogs comfort, but the dog on the leash was restrained and probably rearing up)

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  22. I agree! You know your dog better than anyone…. if they are aggressive they shouldn’t even be off leash at all

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  23. Sometimes I wonder if the dog is walking there owners ! Maybe the owners should be wearing the leashes !!

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  24. I walked past a dog who’s owner was getting it’s mail, as I walked past the dog latched onto my left hand. In instinct I slammed the poor thing against the mailboxes to get him/her off. Keep control of your dogs. He’s lucky I didn’t call animal control and get his dog put down. If they’re off leash and they’re known to be aggressive an idea is a muzzle Maybe? Pisses me of this dog was leashed and it’s owner hadnt taught it better. I wasn’t near the dog nor did I do anything to agrivate it. I’m an animal lover I just I wanna pet them

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  25. Ange Freer Ange Freer says:

    “There is no reason for these people to take these dogs on walks …” really? Sounds to me like YOU have no control over YOUR dogs. By your own admission, more than once, YOU clearly stated you are incapable of holding your dogs or controlling them on leash, while in the presence of another animal. That to me, is problematic! If YOU do not possess the ability to control your dogs on leash, YOURE contributing to the problem. And, if the area you are walking is an “off leash area,” which I believe it is, then the other dog owners have EVERY RIGHT to utilize that trail for its intended purpose. Maybe you should stick to the residential sidewalks instead of the off leash areas. Problem solved. While you’re at it, get some fucking control over your dogs!

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  26. Sandra Wells Sandra Wells says:

    Please don’t blame the breed, the pit bull! Was it a threat to your dog than any of the others! It’s the owners, not the breed! Stop it already!!

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