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Off Leash Dogs Endanger Horses

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Off leash dogs are an ever-present issue in many communities. While I have seen posts on Facebook and in online horse communities, it really came home for me when I was out and about in the neighborhood with my appaloosas.

The horses were both walking quietly on lead ropes, and all of us were happily enjoying the outing in the late evening. Not far from home, suddenly someone opened their front door and a pack of 5 dogs came exploding out at us, barking, led by a 100-pound German Shepherd.

My mare was closest and she shied sideways into the old gelding, who went down to his knees then got up and splayed his feet as he tried to process what was going on since he couldn’t actually see where the dogs were. The mare nearly knocked one of the dogs out as I was yelling “Call your dogs back!” at the top of my lungs.

I heard a soft reply, “Is there someone out there?”

“Yes!" I bellowed. "Call your freaking dogs back before they get my horses!"

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Handling a Dog Attack on Walk

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Years ago, I was walking my dogs, Malachi and Aquilla, down my neighborhood street when out of the blue, we were attacked by a large dog. It was a terrifying moment and one that could happen anywhere at any time. It also made me very aware of the problems with off-leash dogs and runaway dogs, and is one of many reasons why I started this website so many years ago.

Here's what happened:

With two large wolf hybrids at my side, there wasn’t much I feared in my early twenties. We walked down the street together, as we had done thousands of times before, when the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I suddenly felt that we were being stalked, and as I was very unaccustomed to being stalked, I really didn’t know what to do.

My dogs felt it too and kept turning around to look behind us. The street was empty, but that nagging feeling wouldn’t go away. Finally, Aquilla turned and growled, holding her ground as she scanned the road behind us. She refused to move forward despite my plea.

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8 Ways to Stop A Dog from Barking

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A barking dog is an annoyance to neighbors as well as owners. Often it’s difficult to get a dog to stop barking, particularly if they are bored and just “nuisance” barking. In most states, barking dogs fall under "nuisance" laws or "noise" laws. That means you can be rightfully cited by police, and maybe even have your dogs impounded, if they are barking continuously. The good news is that there are many ways to train your dog to stop barking even when you’re not at home. 

Most people never even know their dogs are being a nuisance while they are away at work. If you're the neighbor of a barking dog, there are certain steps to take to stop the behavior.

To begin with, it's important to let your neighbor know and give them a chance to resolve the problem before calling authorities. If you're the owner of a barking dog, you need to understand that some people have napping children or work from their home, and so this can be a big problem.

But, let's focus on how to stop the problem once you've established there is one.

First off, you will need to determine why your dog is barking... 

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Walk Your Dog Week is Oct 1-7

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Oct 1-7 is “National Walk Your Dog Week” and I have to say, it’s just about the perfect time of year for us to get outside.

As you know, Arizonans are just now emerging from their cocoon of heat and entering the time of year that justifies our unbearable summers. This makes Walk your dog week sort of an annual celebration for us.

Exercise is important - for you and your dogs. "Over 55% of Americans say their dogs get less than 45 minutes of physical exercise a day," according to Rover.com’s latest survey. This is not nearly enough and it quite frankly explains the behavioral problems so many people experience.

Dogs need to run, play, walk and interact to have a fulfilling life. Take away that physical activity and you’re left with a depressed dog with a lot of time and unreleased energy on his paws.

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Why Dogs Get Lost (and how to stop the cycle)

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Every year, countless dogs end up lost, injured, at a shelter or (in many cases) euthanized, because they escaped from their loving homes.

I’ve written this article to address the causes and to provide some helpful suggestions on how to avoid your dog feeling the need to jump the wall or rush out of the front door and hightail it down the street never to be seen again. Some of the suggestions are what is known as “management” rather than “training”.

Let’s look at some of the most common reasons why dogs choose to jump the fence, bolt out of the door or sneak out of the garage when you’re not looking:

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