No they are supposed to be under control, a dog can be under control when off the lead, but sadly many owners don't understand that. I was passing a dog one time when the own called it, the stupid mutt turned and tried to walk trough my front wheel. It didn't half give out a yelp, poor thing. If owner would only learn to keep their dogs under control and out of harms way it would greatly help.[/QUOTE]Hairy Jock;31263][quote name= said:Arn't all dogs supposed to be on a lead in all public places?
Same thing happened to me - saw owner and two dogs ahead, rang bell and slowed down. Owner and one dog move to the left of the path, other dog stands off the path on the right. Just as I'm level with them, the woman calls on the dog on the other side of the path to 'come here !', at which point it runs right in front of me and I have to make a sudden stop. Thankfully I was only at walking speed at the time so the dog wasn't touched.
Of course, it was then MY fault and I was subjected to a torrent of abuse.
I'd been looking forward ever since to meeting the woman again, so I can ring my bell for about 20 secs beforehand and ask her if that was "adequate advance warning this time", just to get my own back