Well it was my day for badly behaved dogs today.
When Maggie was a puppy a pair of red kelpies made her life difficult and scared the wits out of her ganging up on her and growling and nipping until she shrieked with fear.
A local boxer was loose in the reserve a few months ago and they had a fight with me ending up head first in the bush when the boxer knocked me off my feet getting to Maggie.
Today I got into the middle of the reserve and the two kelpies belted out from the left, (instinctively) I clapped my hands loudly and said "Behave yourself" very firmly to the the nearest kelpie and waved Maggie on a wide curve to my right. the other one moved and I said "Don't you dare" and finally they slunk off to the left and we proceeded and exited by another way after our walk.
Yay to the good advice I have had on this forum, thank you people!
That led us to another road (my street) where the boxer (about 20kgs and very fit) was running loose while the owner chatted to a neighbour. I called out would she call the dog as they don't get on. She waffled a bit by which time it was heading growling straight to me who had Maggie on a short lead so she had nowhere to go. I placed her beside me and put myself in-between thinking "great, this is not good".
Some air snapping ensued and much growling from both of them I was debating whether or not to let Maggie off the lead as I figured she had a better chance when she could use her speed to her advantage. Fortunately the boxer turned and the owner tried to catch it, a repeat (when the owner bleated come here instead of clipping the thoroughly roused dog on its lead) ensued...arghh.
There is clearly a good reason I usually walk at 6am instead of 10.30 as it is the first day of my holidays.
I really wanted Maggie to be as friendly and affable to dogs as she was when she was a puppy but rude sh=ts like these have made that a distant dream.She never starts anything but she is jumpy now and I can't see how I can change that.
This has probably undone so much of what we achieved doing our pack walks. She is only 14kgs and lean so while quick is unlikely to win with a big dog and is understandably wary these days. She now hates boxers, kelpies,grey terriers and labradors, a long memory! The only one of them her size is the grey terrier and after a scrap they now ignore each other at the beach which suits me fine.
Finally we continued up the road with me thinking Grrr Other dog owners!!