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is it really so bad to take a well-behaved dog on a lead into the playground?

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hatwoman Thu 10-Jul-08 14:36:49

I guess it's easier to ban all dogs rather than just banning idiots with badly behaved pit bulls. but it does seem a bit harsh. I appreciate that not everyone likes dogs and that some people are scared of them regardless of their nature or breed, but if it's on a lead I'm not sure I see what the problem is...

misdee Thu 10-Jul-08 14:37:44

yes its really so bad. if dd1 sees a dog in the playground she wont leave. she physically shakes.

RubyRioja Thu 10-Jul-08 14:38:58

I see an awful lot of dogs on leads that the owner could not actually control. As you say, they tend to be pit bulls/staffs and rotties.

Never poodles

ChippyMinton Thu 10-Jul-08 14:39:32

because they jump up at you even if on a lead
because they use the playground as a toilet (and many owners do not clean up after)

fryalot Thu 10-Jul-08 14:41:24

hatwoman, I can totally understand where you are coming from, but speaking as a mum of a child with a sever dog phobia, tis terrible to consider taking a dog into a playground.

The playground is HER territory. She feels safe there. Take that away from her and it would be cruel.

Please, please, please, leave your dog at home when you collect your children.


FluffyMummy123 Thu 10-Jul-08 14:41:37

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CarGirl Thu 10-Jul-08 14:43:27

errr yes ask my dd, she was pursued and bitten by a dog on a lead which has no previous history......let's just say she's been petrified of dogs since.

littleducks Thu 10-Jul-08 14:44:05

yes because the no dogs rule can be upheld
an only well behaved dogs on lead who do not appear menacing to a small child and will not urinate/defacate in the playground or bark/growl at other dogs is much trickier to police especially when faced with the owners of badly behaved dogs who think their dogs behaviour is fine

FluffyMummy123 Thu 10-Jul-08 14:44:24

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fryalot Thu 10-Jul-08 14:44:27

also, what we have had sometimes, is that the children walking home from school get spooked by a dog barking and instinctively jump out of the way.

Into the road.

misdee Thu 10-Jul-08 14:45:04

dd1 wont even stroke a puppy.

we talked about getting a dog a while ago and she was so scared and terrified. our carer bought his soft as pie boxer dog round who was still young and snall and she screamed and locked herself in her room.

she wont go next door to meet their new dog as is scared.

if a dog is chained outside one set of gates at school she will go round to the ones at the far end.

the playground is safe for her.

fryalot Thu 10-Jul-08 14:45:08

my kitten used to follow me everywhere. Even into the supermarket once. Twas like mary had a little lamb smile

katierocket Thu 10-Jul-08 14:46:10

I hate dogs. Glad they're banned from playgrounds.

FluffyMummy123 Thu 10-Jul-08 14:46:43

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misdee Thu 10-Jul-08 14:46:55

my cat usedto follow me to school.

Twiglett Thu 10-Jul-08 14:47:37

yes it is appalling behaviour . no excuse .

fryalot Thu 10-Jul-08 14:47:49

so, for the sake of clarification:

animals ok in the playground:


animals not ok in the playground:


FluffyMummy123 Thu 10-Jul-08 14:48:03

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Blandmum Thu 10-Jul-08 14:48:04

ds is massivly allergic to them and they spark his asthma, yes, even in the open air!

DoubleBluff Thu 10-Jul-08 14:48:25

BEcuase who is to say what a 'well behaved ' dog is?

katierocket Thu 10-Jul-08 14:48:29

I think it's ok to move lions into the other list squonk.

can we add rats to the 'no' list though.

fryalot Thu 10-Jul-08 14:49:27

small boys on a lead or running free?

<<<moves lions to "safe" list>>>

ChippyMinton Thu 10-Jul-08 14:51:45

My friend's son had his face ripped apart (and his entire childhood ruined) by someone else's 'well-behaved dog'. Please keep your dog at home.

seeker Thu 10-Jul-08 14:53:32

A tiger on the other hand
Is kittenish and mild
And makes a pretty playfellow
For any little child.

And mothers of large families
Who claim to common sense
Will say a tiger will repays
The trouble and expense.

more Thu 10-Jul-08 14:55:48

Yes it is really so bad to take your dog into the playground, whether it is on a lead, no lead, in a buggy, in a bag or whatever way you and your dog prefers for it to travel.
Even if you don't understand what the problem is then respect the fact that the rule is in place for a reason.

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