Concern regarding unleashed pets

The reason for this post is that my wife has encountered two episodes where she has come in close contact with off leash dogs on our driveway.  One last summer while my wife was taking out the garbage.  The dog followed my wife around close to the garage door, while the owner stood on the sidewalk watching quietly.  The second episode happened today (Mar 5/13) while my wife was chipping the ice on our driveway.  An unleashed dog approached my wife from behind and started to bark wildly.  My wife was quite startled and tried to walk away from the dog, but the dog followed my wife towards our garage door and continued to bark uncontrollably.  The owner was more than 10ft away and calling her dog to return.

We see many unleashed dogs walking along Donsdale Drive.

As a child, my wife was bitten by an unleashed dog for no apparent reason.

As a parent with young children, and my wife’s unpleasant experiences, I would like to emphasize that dogs should be placed on a leash in our neighbourhood.

From the city of Edmonton bylaws:
Dogs are not allowed to be loose, unless they are on your property or in a designated off-leash area.  We also recommend that you keep your cats indoors or supervise them if they go outside.

Dogs must always be on a leash when on public property and should be contained in a secure yard or building when on your property.

They’re safest at the end of your leash.

  • Off-leash dogs can run away, bite other dogs and people, or get hurt.
  • Use a leash that’s no longer than 2 metres (6 feet) to keep your dog and the people around you safe.
  • Even if they’re on a leash, keep your dog 10 metres (32 feet) from playgrounds, sports fields and picnic areas. Stick to permanent trails in these areas.
  • Keeping your dog on a leash and away from these areas will save you a $100 fine.

    The following City of Edmonton websites are useful references: