Dog Owner Dragged for Refusing to Leash 'Incredibly Well-Trained' Retriever

Commenters roasted an anonymous dog owner after they revealed that they refuse to leash their golden retriever even after neighbors asked.

The Original Poster (OP), known as u/Impressive_PP, posted about the situation in Reddit's popular "Am I The A**hole" forum where it received nearly 5,000 upvotes and 2,500 comments. The post can be found here.

Unleashed Pets

It is illegal in many states across the country to have a dog unleashed in public parks or areas including sidewalks and neighborhoods due to potential health and safety risks.

An article published in the National Library of Medicine found that unleashed dogs pose health risks including zoonotic infections, bites, potential aggressive behavior, as well as other infections that may be transmitted to humans.

Man slammed for not leashing golden retriever
Commenters slammed the owner for refusing to put a lease on their golden retriever because it is "incredibly well-trained." TatyanaConsaul/iStock

Another common concern about unleashed dogs is the potential for attacks on humans or other animals nearby.

LiveScience reports about five million dog-bite cases are recorded each year in the United States, and the majority of cases involve strangers. Occasionally dogs will attack their owners or other individuals it is well acquainted with.


In the post titled "AITAH for telling a neighborhood runner I wouldn't leash my dog?" the OP said they live in "country suburbs" since their brand new neighborhood is surrounded by farmland.

"We have a golden who is incredibly well trained, and walks no more than 3 feet ahead of us, or beside," the post read.

Recently during a walk, a man started running toward them before stopping a few feet away and asking them to leash their dogs.

"We said 'No thank you,'" the post read. "He said "What if I was afraid of dogs! What if I was allergic!?" I said, "Well then you shouldn't be sprinting towards an unleashed dog.'"

The OP said the man didn't appreciate the answer, but they explained to him that they are "essentially in the country" and the dog is trained to be off the leash.

"It's very clear that he would never hurt anybody, because he is a stranger who is raising his voice and our dog hasn't reacted whatsoever...sitting pretty by our side," the post read.

The man then told OP they must be having a bad day, but OP replied "not at all" and said they won't put their dog on the leash and the man isn't "getting [his] way."

The man then threatened to call the Home Owners Association (HOA) as the OP laughed and told him to take his picture and "while he's at it" get his address.

Redditor Reactions

More than 2,400 users commented on the post, many slamming the dog owner for being "an a**hole."

"YTA. Leash your dog unless you're in a designated off-leash area," one user commented receiving 18,500 upvotes. "I honestly don't get people like you. What weird ego trip do you get from having your dog off leash? If your dog isn't going further than three feet from you, how does a leash harm anything? Stop finding weird irresponsible hills to die on, life is short."

"'We are essentially in the country,' they say while on a walking path," another commented. "Leash your darn dog. Hard YTA."

"You are the worst type of dog owner. Leash your dog, always, unless it's an unleashed area," another commented. "You have no idea if a person has PTSD from a dog attack, if they have an aggressive/reactive dog, or just don't want to be approached by a potentially deadly animal (which dogs are). LEASH YOU EFFING DOG."

"YTA. Get ready to be roasted by everyone on this subreddit," another commented. "Doesn't matter how well trained your dog is, your dog is still an animal and can be unpredictable. Don't take the risk. Leash your d**n dog."

"As a runner myself, you disgust me. I can't tell you how many times I've been running in my neighborhood and been chased by a dog, all while the owner says something like 'oh don't worry, he won't hurt you!" another commented. "No. Leash your dog or put it in a fenced yard."

Newsweek reached out to u/Impressive_PP for comment.

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Another woman was recently criticized for adopting a rescue dog she doesn't want for her teenage daughter.