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"Klein said there is no reason that owners of responsible, well-behaved dogs should not be allowed to let them run free."
Yes, there is--there may be poorly behaved dogs on leash that react aggressively when "responsible, well-behaved dogs" come up to them off leash--it's called leash aggression, and can provoke a fight. I've seen it happen with loose, friendly dogs approaching on-leash dogs. Those same leash-aggressive dogs may be quite fine with other dogs if they are also off-leash, in a controlled environment like a dog park.
IMHO, there is no "responsible, well-behaved dog" without a "responsible, well-behaved" owner, and owners who allow their dogs to run around off-leash in uncontrolled public areas are not "responsible, well-behaved" owners.
Dale Whiting, you write that "In the private park near my home, my dog runs up to everyone he meets looking for, even begging for those ear scratches" -- if he also runs up to on-leash dogs who have leash aggression, you're likely to see one of those fights. (BTW, this is also the reason why dog parks have you take your dog off leash in a separate closed area before introducing the animal into the dog park.)Jan 26, 2012