Dog Stereotyping

My mom and brother live in a townhouse, in a complex. There’s an enormous courtyard in the middle of the complex that’s almost entirely enclosed. They have a dog, Chloe, who is pretty much the sweetest animal I have ever met. And she’s like that with everyone she meets, immediately. For the past two nights, she has slept with me on the couch – there’s barely enough room for the two of us! She’s amazing and I adore her.

There’s a leash law where my mom and brother live, but they would frequently let her off leash in the courtyard, to run and play. She always comes when called, always. And she was never out there unsupervised. The neighborhood children love her and would play and run with her – they love her so much they used to come to my mom’s door and ask if Chloe could come out and play! How adorable is that?!

Recently a police officer showed up to my mom’s door. A neighbor reported her for having the dog off leash, and told the police that the dog was dangerous. Dangerous. The neighborhood dog that played and ran with the children all day. Unfortunately, since there is a leash law, my mom can no longer let her off leash – if she’s reported again she is charged with a felony and has to go to court. I know that the reason someone called and reported a dangerous dog had to be purely based on her looks, not any behaviors. She’s a boxer mix, around 60 pounds, and has a cute block head. She could be mistaken for a pit bull mix, and someone decided that she’s dangerous based on that. And it’s infuriating. She would never hurt anyone, and now has to be on the leash all the time and my mom had to explain to the neighborhood children why she can no longer run around and play with them.

It’s so frustrating – you cannot judge a dog based purely on looks or breed. Why report it? She was never unsupervised, is always obedient and comes when called, never ran outside of the courtyard, was not a menace to anyone, and just wants to play and love. Ridiculous.

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  1. That is Dog Stereotyping!! If anything the neighbor that reported your dog should hazve atleast come over to your mothers house and talk to her first and even meet Chloe. Then maybe they would have never called it in. I couldn’t even imagine someone doing that to my dog. We pretty much never put her on a leash. I even bring her to work sometimes and when I bring her outside I don’t even use a leash.
    That is very unbelievable that they did that to you!

  2. David

    We’ve run into the same problems with our boxer at parks and such. We had one older lady, who seemed to make an occupation out of directing pinched, evil, criticizing or condescending facial expressions at everyone around her admonish my roommate for letting such “an obviously violent and dangerous breed of dog” wander around in public at all, much less off a leash (she was wearing her electric training collar that we almost never have to actually use because she becomes ten times more mindful the moment it’s put on her.) The same woman walked up to my roommate’s gf ten feet away and proceeded to try to ruffle the fur on our pug and call it cutesy names. It tried to bite her. Good pug.

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