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O'Hair Park is for the Dogs

I understand that a dog running free is beneficial for the dog, but not for us walkers. Posted rules are being disobeyed. Is O'Hair just an extension of the dog park?

I and a few friends walk from Sutro Avenue entrance of O'Hair Park to Stafford Lake on a regular basis. The sign at the entrance states that dogs are to be leashed. This is rarely if ever observed as the dog owners use this passage to get to the dog park, which is about a half mile away. Usually there are at least 3-4 dogs running while their owners walk.

I understand that a dog running free is beneficial for the dog, but not for us walkers. Many times the owners throw a ball from the bridge over the creek and into the water allowing the dog to retrieve it. On several occasions the dogs have come running up to us and go for your hand or even worse other body parts.

Who enforces the leash law that is in place? Why aren't the dog owners picking up their animal's feces?

Is O'Hair Park just for the dogs and an extension of the dog park?

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Louis Block November 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I've had many experiences with overenthusiastic off-leash dogs on these trails. Granted, I'm not a "dog person," but the owners' claims that "he just wants to say hello," and "he would never hurt anyone," have never made me feel much better.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I think every time we've gone for a walk there, we have come across dogs off leash with their owners. But I don't recall any problems. Just a lot of sniffing.
Renee November 28, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I love O'Hair park especially in the summer so nice and shady! I can even deal with the dogs off leash, but what I find is a worse problem, is the amount of dog poop all over the place. It is one thing when you want to let your dog off leash, but PLEASE dog owners be responsible and most of all respectful and PICK UP THE POOP! Thank you
Marilyn November 28, 2012 at 06:06 AM
The issue of dogs being off of leashes in Novato where they are not supposed to be isn't just here, it is throughout the city. We have seen it at the parks, at sporting fields, at schools, at the Farmers Market, at special events in town, in stores, and even in the grocery stores. It is a law that dogs can not be at the Farmers Market and other food stores for health reasons unless it is a service animal. It amazes me the complete disregard for others that so many dog owners have. How they completely ignore the signs posted that either say no dogs, or dogs must be on leashes. They bring their dogs even though signs say no dogs and take them off leashes where signs are posted saying dogs must be on leashes. For some reason they feel they don't have to follow the rules. We highly appreciate responsible and respectful dog owners. Owners who follow the dog rules of the city and who pick up after their pets. Our family really hopes the city does something more about this issue.
BJL November 28, 2012 at 06:43 AM
"It amazes me the complete disregard for others that so many dog owners have." - exactly Marilyn. Just one example : Sinaloa Middle School - same people daily! Its no dogs!
Ray Shanahan November 29, 2012 at 04:56 AM
The humane society wants your dog to be controlled by you. The people neither have the dog controlled or leashed and the dog owner never feels that their dog is a threat. I had a friend that was running at lunch one day and she was bitten by a dog not under control. His response was that he felt that she was too close to his truck and the dog's food and the dog felt threatened.
Ray Shanahan December 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It get backs to the signage stating dogs must be on a leash. Why is it that the sign is not to be followed? Again, it seems that it is an extension of the dog park. At least the dog owners police each other over the dog droppings at the dog park
Ray Shanahan December 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Now we see, last week, where someone was attacked after he told the owner of a pit bull to leash him. The walker was allegedly assaulted by the dog owner. He suffered a broken ankle, ribs and clavicle he claims from the dog owner. I imagine it will take someone to be seriously maimed or worse for some enforcement. Every year more people are attacked by dog.

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