oldbluefox wrote: ↑13 Jan 2021, 09:28
I tend to agree with Stephen. Dogs around here all do the same walks day after day and I don't notice any difference in their temperament. The main point is that when dog walking or exercising we should maintain social distancing.
And in so doing if dog walkers could pick up after their pets it would be appreciated. Since lockdown the amount of litter both general and dog specific has soared. Trees and hedgerows have suddenly started sprouting little green plastic bags along with blue face masks. It's pretty disgraceful.
I agree Foxy, if they hang doggie poo bags in trees it is a sign of an aggressive don't care nature, and one wonders what their homes are like. At the Risk of upsetting the doggie fraternity Sue and I both think that we should have a national dog license scheme, all dogs should be compulsorily muzzled when in public. Designated areas for dog recreation, and designated doggie poo bins in those areas. The license should have details of the breeder who supplied the dog, and any vaccination certificates confirmed by a vet on the license.
Harsh? No. I love dogs, but its the irresponsible owners that I hate. I confidently expect howls of anguished protestation from the good owners, but I dont see why. If the whole dog scene were regulated it would be in the interests of the responsible owners and would target cowboy dog breeders, and hopefully those people for whom their dog is a symbol of their innate aggression.
The general doggie industry would fight it tooth and nail, in case it reduces market size, but that's the cause of the problem.