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Off leash dogs in Edmonton

It would be wonderful if dog owners could walk their dogs on leash! In my neighbourhood it’s mostly smaller dogs and just because your dog may be friendly that doesn’t mean that all other dogs are the same. My dog is very picky with her dog friends so please for the safety of your dog and mine please walk your dogs on a leash.

For some reason, a lot of my neighbours think this is acceptable or having their dog roam around their front yard. It’s extremely frustrating when I’m obeying the law, yet I’m the one that’s stressed while walking my dog.

On another note, has anyone else struggled with this? Is there anything (I.e. training) that could help with dogs like mine?

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  1. There front lawn is there property, and they’re allowed to have their dogs out there. It’s when they leave the property that it becomes an issue.

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  2. Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

    I always have my dog on a leash but I be damn if I put my dog on a leash in my own damn front yard…. It’s my property not the public!! My dog is very pet friendly & doesn’t go up to people so why the hell do you feel you think people need to leash up their dogs in their own yard??? If your dog or anyone’s else dog is not friendly to other dogs then you are the one that not only put on a leash but a muzzle as well so it doesn’t attack a dog on its own property… A leash isn’t at all times preventable

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    • that’s fine as long as your dog stays in the yard. But I see it all the time. Dogs loose in their own yard and run out to the sidewalk and further when someone walks by. Those are the people OP Is referring to.

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    • Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

      Yes my dog stays in my yard & with supervision but like I said I been damn if I leash her up! You people scare of dogs then watch your surroundings & cross the street… Also put the aggressive dogs in a muzzle…. A leash stretches & if a dog go after mine then trust shit will go down

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    • Calm yourself… It’s when your dog leaves your yard that we have an issue. She’s talking about dogs “roaming around” not sitting in a yard. And you can trust that if your dog steps off your property to come towards my leashed dog on the sidewalk you wouldn’t like what would happen. And it would be your fault.

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    • Megan Hillier yes!!!

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    • I think they ‘re talking about people who prob let their dog roam on the front lawns where there is no fence .

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    • Well said Megan

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    • Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

      Megan Hillier haha bring it then because at the end you’ll be sorry so bring it

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    • Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

      And as the post said “Roam the front yard” so step it up if you want

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    • Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

      I’m not sure if she meant fenced or not.. It just says roam front yard & my dog walks all over the front yard with me outside & never goes out the way… But come on! What friendly dog isn’t going to say hello to another dog?? If my dog was aggressive in any way, I wouldn’t have her unleashed or without a muzzle… Dogs that are aggressive should have muzzles on if they’re off their property

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    • My dog isn’t aggressive at all but she 100% doesn’t react well when she is approached by another dog.. it doesn’t matter if your dog was a fluffy care bear it wouldnt make a difference. Just have some respect for those of us who actually obey the bylaws. And for good reason.

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    • Karen Marie Karen Marie says:

      Michelle Prinsen if you’re referring to me then I think you need to read my replies much better… As stated above, I’m outside with my dog while she is in the front yard & we are on a quiet street… If it wasn’t a quiet street with few traffic between cars & people then I wouldn’t even have in front sometimes

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  3. I am in the MacEwan area and I have been encountering the same thing. Two were small dogs, like mine, one was a big lab cross. Not only is this a concern for my animal that is leashed but one of the smaller dogs took off and ran across the street to come meet my dog. Easily could have been hit. I just don’t understand why the dog running away and getting lost, hurt or injured is worth the risk. Baffles me. Not to mention it is the law to have your dog leashed.

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  4. I’ve taught my dog to carry its own leash. If I could teach it to bag it’s own crap I’d let him walk himself too.

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  5. Laws are for those who care most think ”
    Their dogs / animals ” are above the law

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  6. Kait Priest Kait Priest says:

    We have chosen to muzzle our dogs because of this issue. Both of my dogs are not tolerant of other dogs, especially while they are on-leash and approached by off-leash dogs. I can’t make other people obey leash laws, but I can make sure that my dogs are unable to hurt other dogs. I don’t want that liability.

    It makes me really sad, though. My dogs looooove people and have never shown even an intolerant motion towards any person. However, people assume that we muzzle them for human aggression, and either give us judgmental looks, or give us wide berth, or tell their kids that they can’t ask if they can pet our dogs. If I hear them say that they can’t pet them, I will always say that they love people and yes, please pet them… but most people don’t trust a big dog in a muzzle (both of my dogs are bully breed mixes).

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    • I hear ya Kait. You should see the looks and hear the remarks I get when my bichon-maltese is muzzled (he’s great with people, and most dogs, but can be unpredictable with some dogs) and my pitbull is not wearing a muzzle because she’s fine with everything and everyone lol.
      People are just strange sometimes lol

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    • Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

      I’m not muzzling mine. If I say don’t pet my dog and they ignore me it’s their costly mistake. I usually have witness when I say No

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    • Chanel Brown Chanel Brown says:

      I’ve considered muzzling mine but he “shuts down” when muzzled. He gets the saddest look on his face, his butt hits the floor, and he sits there staring at you. We only really use it now if he’s got a cut we want to take a closer look at.

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  7. Jill Morin Jill Morin says:

    My parents’ dog is very aggressive towards other dogs, and he is always leashed.
    It is very stressful when there’s a dog off their leash. Their dog might be friendly, but mine is not.

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  8. Joey Rae Joey Rae says:

    I struggled with it in Edmonton and in Red Deer. SO many people that think the laws don’t apply to them. My dog was little and old and diabetic and I had more than one ‘friendly’ dog trample all over her out of excitement. It literally could have killed her. So as she got sicker, I barely walked her anymore because it was literally dangerous. I think people are SO selfish. No matter how well you think your dog is trained, they’re still a dog, and sometimes they do things you’re not expecting. I had more than one person say, “Oh! He/she has never done that before!” Right. Which is why they should be on a leash. My dog missed out on walks at the end of her life because of people who don’t follow the rules. She LIVED for her walks. So I tried to find deserted places so that she could at least get out. Mine was little and ON a leash. What makes people think they don’t need to live by the rules like the rest of us.
    /rant over
    I miss my dog. She’s been gone for a year as of June 17th.
    I miss our walks. Don’t take them for granted.

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  9. Angela Budd Angela Budd says:

    I am genuinely terrified of little dogs. Especially when they come runn8ng up to me. We own a little dog. But she doesn’t go running up to people and when she’s in public we do put her on a leash!

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  10. yes I feel your struggle. I have a very leash reactive dog and people that let their dogs run around off leash in the neighbourhood make me crazy. K9 Misfits can help you 🙂

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  11. Alice Dymond Alice Dymond says:

    Take photos and report them.

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    • Alice Dymond Alice Dymond says:

      Ffs yourself. If you are walking your off leash dog in an on leash area and aggravating mine you bet I am going to report you. I don’t care if your dog is well trained, or “friendly” or any other excuse you have for thinking you are above the law.

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    • Alice Dymond Alice Dymond says:

      I shouldn’t have to tell someone they are breaking the law when it is a well known fact that dogs are to be on leash unless in off leash areas. My comment pertains to the post which seems like it is an on going problem, the posts asks what they can do and I answered.

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  12. Candice Ball Candice Ball says:

    I have the same problem. My dog is aggressive. Everyone is always like “don’t worry my dog is friendly!” Okay… but mine isn’t? That’s why I’m not in an off leash area? People are stupid.

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  13. Ivy Wong Ivy Wong says:

    I don’t understand why my dog can’t roam the yard…

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  14. My dog takes a few minutes to get use to other dogs, she doesn’t do well when dogs run up to her, people all over my neighborhood walk their dogs off leash and on several occasions we have been in near fights because their dog approaches mine and mine doesn’t like it. And then the shitty ass owners have the nerve to yell at me and tell me to ” get away from their dog” piss off ya idiots. Christ Almighty.

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  15. The dog we just lost a month ago was the same about other dogs. Especially other male dogs. My baby girl before him, didn’t like dogs bigger than her and would refuse to move past them, so I’d have to pick her up, cross the street and walk down a block before I could put her down. They were both great with people, just not so much other peoples dogs away from their own home.

    Never even tried to take them to a dog park because I knew it would not go well since there were people who let theirs off leash.

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  16. I literally wait until 11:30 pm to walk my dog. She LOVES people, especially kids (if you were running up behind me without me aware she may react a little differently- but in general loves people), and takes a few minutes to get used to other dogs. She needs a minute to sniff and assess the situation. So sick of people with ANY sized dog thinking that it’s okay to have their dog off leash. If your dog is completely compliant with everything you say, and stays by your side, it’s a bit of a different story. But when I’m walking my leashed dog and your unleashed dog comes running across the road (not exactly safe either) to sniff and play with my dog it is NOT OKAY. How do you know how my dog will react? When her jaw line is bigger than your dogs entire backbone, i’d say that’s not a bright idea. But i’m left to be the one that’s stressed out, walking super late at night, to avoid my dog getting euthanized due to someone else’s stupidity and self righteousness. Welcome to 2017.

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  17. People have no courtesy for others. They have no idea the work it entails owning a dog. Some people shouldn’t have a dog…. isn’t it illegal to have a dog off leash in your front yard if it’s not fenced?

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  18. Bylaws say my dog can be offleash on my property, this includes front lawns. (This is another story if the dog runs OFF the property.) I’ve had people like you yell at me because my dog is off leash on my property and their dog is aggressive, telling me my dog needs to be on leash as their dog fights at the end of the leash and mine can’t be bothered to move from his sunbeam.

    Sorry my well mannered dog pisses yours off 😐 but I’m within my rights, my dog is staying where he’s supposed to be and legally allowed to be.

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    • I have no issues with a pup being of leash on his/her own property; front or back yard. My dogs are rescues and, because of their traumatic past, get nervous around new dogs (nervous dog=unpredictable).
      I completely support your well behaved dog and I’m so happy you have the blessing of that freedom. People yelling at you is ridiculous! Completely unfair!
      I do agree that dogs should be ON LEASH while off property and not in off-leash parks. But I strive to have my pups comfortable enough to be off leash in our front yard.

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  19. I agree with you however you can’t really get pissy about the people with dogs roaming the front yard… it’s their yard. The issue would be if the dog left the yard… however I do believe if the dog is roaming in the front yard the owner should be out there with them to make sure they stay on the property

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    • Rose Kievit Rose Kievit says:

      I agree with this. Especially if the yard is not fenced off at all. My dogs and I were chased by a loose dog in his front yard. He left his yard to come after us, his owners were not outside supervising him. It could of ended quite badly if I had not gotten myself and my 2 dogs away before he got to us. A very scary situation.

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  20. Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

    I also have trouble with people reaching out to pet my dogs. They don’t ask and I yell out NO sorry you can’t pet my Shiba because she bites. They ignore me and try petting her and she bites. Please respect my words. I’m not muzzling her since it hurts her. She’s fine if u don’t dangle your fingers in her face. Unleashed dogs running up to her will also get a surprise

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    • Yes!!!!!!! I have a tag that goes on my dogs collar that says “training” and I will tell people who RUN up to my dog to not touch her, she’s HUGE and does not like it when she doesn’t know someone. They will STILL try to touch her. Now I just get rude and say “I told you not to touch my dog!” They will be the firsts ones to cry and sue when they get a bite.

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    • Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

      Michelle Prinsen yep. Very true. I try to have witnesses. My dog bit a lady when I told her no. I had to get tissues for her since it bled. Oops. Other people heard me luckily

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    • Same here Michelle! Mine says “DO NOT PET” lolol

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  21. Sean Foster Sean Foster says:

    My dog behaves better than most humans, she doesn’t need or use a leash, never had an issue

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  22. Joey Wilson Joey Wilson says:

    My dog is a freak. But we let him of leash everywhere cause hey he’s an ass and so am I.

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  23. Yup. We have about 3 homes that do this. Super frustrating. We have two dogs and we leash them. If we are in the front yard they are on a leash. Simple.

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  24. Carol Maser Carol Maser says:

    Good Message!!!

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  25. I completely agree.. I’m not even a dog owner, but there’s someting called common sense lol

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  26. Rose Kievit Rose Kievit says:

    Same issue here! I have a dog who is fearful of strange dogs and people, and my other dog is leash reactive. Because my leash reactive pup is a poodle/shihtzu cross, her face is too small for a muzzle (I’ve tried every size under the sun, her nose is too squished in for a muzzle to fit properly). People let their dogs run loose, and I have a hard time controlling my poodle when another dog is running at her. I have issues with owners who do have their dogs on leash – they approach us, my one is freaking out, lunging, barking, growlng, while the other is cowering behind me giving warning barks and they still approach us – “My dog is good with other dogs, yours are so cute!” Because my dogs just look like they are good with other dogs with their freaking out and cowering. Wish people would get a hint. Then the rudeness after I tell them my dogs are not and please not approach! Seriously!! I’m not paying for your dog’s vet bill if my poodle decides enough is enough, so please walk away and avoid us for the safety of your dog. My poodle has never attacked another dog so has never harmed another dog, and I would really like to keep it that way.

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  27. Mara Cakes Mara Cakes says:

    Yes, but in my neighbourhood it’s all the huge dogs off leash and nobody seems to give a shit. The people I have confronted “aren’t too concerned” about their dogs safety…..I would say that’s because that large dog isn’t going to die when attacked, unlike my 10 pound dog that would. All dogs belong on a leash.

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  28. I’m in 100% agreement. My dog is always on leash. He is mostly good with calm dogs but those yappy in your face hyper little dogs well…. if they rush him he might just bite. And he is 60 pounds. If you want to go offleash, visit a designated offleash area for the safety of all.

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  29. My one dog is leash aggressive and I walk with a water spray bottle. Once he sees another dog and changes his body language I do a verbal cue and spray him. It helps and I’m hoping one day I won’t need the spray bottle. I also have dog spray cause we have had off leash dogs try to attack.

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  30. If you want to protect your little furbabies then it is up to each owner to look out for their safety, if your dog is off leash in your own front yard and someone else is walking their dog and it turns into a fight then it is the owners fault because they are responsible for their dogs safety, quit bickering like this and own up to your own responsibilities, and if your dog gets hurt its your own fault for not taking precautions to keep your dog safe !

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  31. AW Smith AW Smith says:

    I was just walking my small dog on a leash Saturday and a lady walking her large dog on a leash as well, had her dog muzzled. She yelled at me to pick my dog up and get off the sidewalk. I ALWAYS walk my little dog on a leash because just like many say, they can say their dog is nice but dogs react differently to each animal and each person. I don’t need my yorkie attacked “by accident”. Accidents can be prevented be leashes.

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  32. Call 311 and report a romaing dog thats what i do in my area dont seam to have the issue any more my dogs stay in there fenced area for the safty of them and others so i strongly belive others should as well

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  33. Your neighbours dogs are allowed on their front lawns without a leash.

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  34. You people with asshole dogs should not be near a dog park! Take for a walk around your block and bring the dog back to its asshole cave… where you all live…

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  35. I think it’s perfectly legal to have your dog unleashed on your private property. Doesn’t make it any less frustrating for you, so my advice would be learn your route. Where are the trouble dogs? Can they be avoided? Maybe Fluffy goes inside every day 20 minutes after you walk by- can your walk be adjusted to avoid the problem?

    Definitely talk to force-free trainers, but also do some research on Haltis. They are harnessed that fit around the face and allow you to steer your dogs head, similar to a horse’s reins (but without the bit). Make sure you talk to someone about using it safely and properly, and using a rewards based system of training.

    Otherwise, call 311 for problem off leash dogs. They shouldn’t be roaming off private property for their own safety and others. Can’t tell you how many dogs get hit by cars on a daily basis – and that’s only at one veterinarian’s office.

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  36. I think it’s perfectly legal to have your dog unleashed on your private property. Doesn’t make it any less frustrating for you, so my advice would be learn your route. Where are the trouble dogs? Can they be avoided? Maybe Fluffy goes inside every day 20 minutes after you walk by- can your walk be adjusted to avoid the problem?

    Definitely talk to force-free trainers, but also do some research on Haltis. They are harnesses that fit around the face and allow you to steer your dogs head, similar to a horse’s reins (but without the bit). Make sure you talk to someone about using it safely and properly, and using a rewards based system of training.

    Otherwise, call 311 for problem off leash dogs. They shouldn’t be roaming off private property for their own safety and others. Can’t tell you how many dogs get hit by cars on a weekly basis.

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  37. Call bylaw and report the owners who walk their dogs off leash in a leashed area. It is illegal to not be leashed unless on your property or in a designated off leash zone.

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  38. My old dog was very picky with other dogs. However, we socialized her as much as possible after we adopted her. We took her to offleash parks at not-so-busy times and over time she got used to being around other dogs and even learned how to play with a select few lol.
    But yes. Leashes are important. I got so nervous when someone had an offleash dog on our neighborhood walks I would cross the street.. Occasionally someone would have a leashed dog but then drop the leash to “let the dogs socialize because being leashed makes them nervous and aggressive”. Well yes if you yank on the leash and freak them out!

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  39. MC Elliott MC Elliott says:

    Well, the same could be said for the people who have friendly or non-aggressive dogs. Why should we leash our dogs, when yours is the aggressor or “picky”? That being said, my dog doesn’t approach another dog unless I tell him it’s “ok”. If my dog is on my front lawn, that’s my property and my business. Yes, their are hundreds of businesses that teach proper social behaviour for dogs. Just google it.

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  40. Keri Martin Keri Martin says:

    If the paths I’m on do not say leashed area I do not leash my dogs. I will call them in when other ppl and animals are coming but if you come into the path unexpectedly from a side route and run into them, not my fault. On public sidewalks they are always on leashes. This city is lacking in areas for dogs to run. If they created more I bet this “problem” wouldn’t be a problem. I’m not loading my dogs into my truck and driving half an hour just to let them run. I think the problem here isn’t that dogs are offleash it’s the ones who are aren’t trained and their owners need to work with them before doing so

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    • “Not your fault” if someone runs into them coming from a side route? Um yah that’s your fault unless you’re out in the bush or the sign says it’s an unleashed area dogs have to be on leashes. Well I’ll agree they need more spaces for dogs. I also think if you own a dog they are your responsibility even if that means taking them where ever to get them the exercise they need.

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    • Keri Martin Keri Martin says:

      There are paths in the city that say “leashed only”. I don’t go there. If you don’t like dogs or don’t want to have to deal with other dogs find those areas.

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    • You have to be in a designated off leash area. The area not having a sign saying they need a leash doesn’t mean it’s ok.

      Smh. I don’t even own dogs and I know this.

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    • Keri Martin Keri Martin says:

      Ok well scroll down and read the cat section. Most ppl who bitch about dogs running lose don’t like dogs and own cats who shit all over my yard. Until they’re under control or fined I’m not concerned.

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    • Pretty sure it is your “problem.” They need to be leashed

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    • There are many official off leash parks in Edmonton. Take your dog there. If you’re walking your dog off leash on sidewalks, you need to leash up your dog. Even if there’s no bylaw about it( which there is) it’s safer for your dog. You think your dog is well trained until it sees a squirrel or jackrabbit, then they’re gone. Go visit designated off leash parks, everyone will be happier for it.

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    • Keri Martin Keri Martin says:

      I’m not on sidewalks. There are paths by my house that have houses on both sides where the dogs can’t just take off. Last time there was a rabbit. They only ran for about 2 seconds until they were called. If your dog is trained a squirrel or rabbit isn’t an issue. They know who the boss is.

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    • Holly J. says:

      Edmonton has over 40 off leash areas so I’m not sure where you live that you would have to drive a half hour to one…
      Also, lack of a sign does not mean off leash is okay…

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    • There are lots of off leash areas right in the city 🙂 I usually go to the 118/85 street one. I think there’s like 12 or something.

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    • Kristy May Kristy May says:

      You should actually be looking for “off leash” signs. If it’s not posted, you’re walking in an “on leash” area.

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    • There are SO MANY off leash parks here…. Yes there could always be more, but there are so many! It isn’t hard to find them. If your dog is off leash on ANY land other than off leash parks and your property, you can get fined $100. If your dog is out of control, people can report you to authorities and you could end up with your dog being considered a “restricted dog”. Look into Edmonton bylaws. They are there for a reason.

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    • Dana Adelle Dana Adelle says:

      Hypothetically, you’re walking your dog off leash. Someone walking their dog on a leash joins the path. If your dog went to say hello and the other dog was aggressive and hurt your dog, who would be to blame? The person with the aggressive dog who is taking a proactive approach by having their dog on a leash, or you by letting your dog walk off leash?

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    • Keri Martin Keri Martin says:

      I would absolutely be to blame. But if you read up higher it says I call them in when other ppl or animals are coming. They do not approach others. I think ppl see dogs off leash and instantly start pointing fingers rather than watch how some behave. Mine are better off leash than on. I’ve never had someone tell me to put my dog on a leash, more often than not ppl will ask if they can approach and pet them. Posts like this get to me because of the fact that ppl who can’t control their dogs give the responsible owners a bag wrap and we all have to suffer because of it. I don’t tell u to keep your children on a leash even tho they run all over do I? My one dog is actually terrified of ppl she doesn’t know even tho she’s a giant dog. Is it ok that i have to keep her on a leash on the path where everyone wants to touch her, rather than her walking a few metres off to the side of me where she’s comfortable?

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