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    Oskar will just play, and he is quite boistrous, so for that reason we avoid small dogs because we do n't want the little dog to be hurt accidentally...saying that Oskar will quite happily sniff a small fluffy dog and be on his merry way...When a small dog is aggressive towards him, thats when he will fight back. And he will do more damage and that is what would get him into trouble because of his size. A lot of small dog owners think the bigger dog is at fault even if their small dog starts something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    I have often wondered - for all you big dog owners - do you think your dogs see a difference between a little dog and a big one, or is a dog just a dog in their eyes?

    I have never owned a big dog, and have often wondered if when they see a swf the see a rabbit!

    I used to have a little fluffie and big dogs seemed a bit perplexed by her, though she never got in any scuffles with anyone. Her best friend in the park was a maremma!
    First time I let my previous dog off the lead - way too soon, I'd only had her for a few days I think - she saw a SWF and gave chase like it was a rabbit and the poor little dog took off like a shot and they both disappeared out of sight in seconds. I felt so utterly embarrassed. They both came back soon after. Somehow that dog did learn that SWF were dogs though and in her old age she became really good with small dogs.

    I have never seen Banjo try chase a small dog like she might try chase a cat or rabbit. She is very cautious of them, especially if they bark. She was actually nipped by a small dog in our street yesterday.

    The only dog I have been scared of in recent years is a dog in our street too. She's fairly big and often out the front of the house on her own and she rushes at me, barking with a deep, scary voice, when I ride my bike past. I have seen her do that at kids on bikes when she is tied up at the local shops too. She really looks very aggressive when she does that. I used to just yell at her loudly to scare her off until I discovered that if I just said her name in a friendly tone, she calm right down! A neighbour expressed surprise when I told her the dog scared me. She used to mind the dog when she was young and said she wouldn't hurt a fly. Dogs like that make me realise that it doesn't matter how well you know your dog and how much you are convinced that they would never bite someone, you have to realise that to someone who does not know the dog, they can come across as scary.

    What I am usually most scared of though is dogs doing zoomies bowling me over! I have arthritis and fragile bones. If we meet a whippet on our walk, I make sure I stand close to a tree trunk when the chasing game starts! It's not their size that scares me most, it's their speed!

    Newfsie, that sounds just horrid. Real dog aggression is so very frightening. I've only seen it a couple of times and fortunately the damage was minor.

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    Oh yeah, and my previous dog, who never said no to a challenge from a dog her own size, would always back right off if a small dog acted aggressively towards her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I don't seem to have the fear factor happening with mine..i do get he "pony" remarks and "do you ride them". I am always amazed at how many people expect newfies to be friendly and approachable. Which was a real problem when Annabelle was people and dog aggressive. I used to have to say "please do not approach". But I think it has made her re-training easier, because she was not feared by her appearance. And she is fine now

    And I have huge issues with SWF's, we have had them hanging off our dogs and like was said before, what would happen if my dogs chewed on them. But I have friendly out going dogs now...I never let them off leash in a dog park, because mine play rough and could possibly injure other dogs unintentionally. even by just running into them.

    We have had two dog attacks in the last three years.........One was a (according to the owner) Pittbull. It attacked Annabelle and Tessa was there too, when We were out on a walk in the small Village near us. Annabelle was just past her worst Dog aggression. the dog had jumped off a ute whilst it drove past us........It was scary, the dog grabbed initially Tessa, by the chest and Annabelle went for him...He turned on her and it was on for young and old. I tried to pull off the other dog and swing Annabelle away....no way. I kicked the other dog, but it held. It was only when a council driver pulled up and grabbed a shovel and started hitting the dog that we had some hope. The owner also turned up and he actually pulled his dog to the ground and stood on his throat. I told him to grab the back legs and I had to pull Annabelle by her back legs as she had one of his ears and was not letting go.....it was awful. the cops also turned up and he was going to shoot the dog, but i screamed no....You might shoot the wrong dog or us. Anyway.......the young guy got his dog off, I got Annabelle and Tessa. Somehow between the Council guy, the dogs owner and myself we got them separated. The young guy was so devastated and surrendered his dog to be PTS.........which I thought was sad. I did not want that. But the cops where there and the Council guy who helped. I never felt right about that.

    The other was me walking Tessa near our kennel Club for a warm-up. Out of nowhere a Blue Heeler attacked us. It grabbed her by the throat.......But luckily it was a Bluey, because i was able to make it let go, By grabbing it and throwing him off, once I had him off by the back legs, he got away and was never seen again.....scary again, but I will fight for my dogs. I am always amazed at how strong I am when this happens, but I am a mess after it, shaky and pathetic. It was the week before i did my NDTF stuff and I took Tessa injured and all, because I had done all my stuff (assistance, tricks, ladder and detection) with her. She still did OK........My dogs have got over it and we still walk in all different places. Tessa just does not like dogs rushing now, whilst before she was never bothered, but that is OK after all of that.

    I have no fear of breeds, just out of control dogs. But I do find dealing with some breeds easier (in pulling out of fights)........
    That is really scary, did your dogs have to go to the vet? It's really sad that incidences like that can change your dogs personality, but great that you were all ok!
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    What is the best tactic to use when an owners dog act aggressively towards another at a dog park on or off lead. Even a growl, not neccessarily a fight. If your dog is the one showing even minor aggression....what should you do in the moment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    What is the best tactic to use when an owners dog act aggressively towards another at a dog park on or off lead. Even a growl, not neccessarily a fight. If your dog is the one showing even minor aggression....what should you do in the moment?
    I think this really depends on the dog and the situation. My dog Luna got into a lot of scuffles. I never really dealt with it properly or knew why. It is possible she tried to defend me in some way. Because the one thing that put her off trying to provoke a dog who apparently had looked at her the wrong way was if I got close to the other dog and patted and interacted with them. She would be polite to a dog she didn't like at first sight if their owner knelt down next to their dog too. Obviously this is going to be a really bad idea with some other dogs who don't have the same kind of regard for humans. But that was what worked for us.

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    A few scary stories here! It's definitely mainly the small fluffy owners with the bad dogs! Like I said, I wouldn't have minded if this lady just picked up her dog and kept walking but the way she basically accused my dogs of being aggressive animals when all they were doing was walking on loose leashes next to me really annoyed me!! I moved off the footpath to give her space.. What else does she expect me to do? See her coming and go back the way I came?

    I think sometimes the issue is the swf owners picking their dogs up all the time... Leads them to think they're bigger than they are! Plus like others have said, people think that because they're small they don't need obedience and socializing. Before it got picked up yesterday this dog was trying to run towards mine while my girls were ignoring him, I think it's reasonable to assume that a lot of the fights he was in we're probably caused by him (or more so his owner).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    It's definitely mainly the small fluffy owners with the bad dogs!
    It's definately the small white fluffy dogs with the bad owners!

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    There is one lady in her 80's who walks the same route as us with 3 papillons and she is lovely! She comes over and says hi all the time and gives my dogs lots of pats and her dogs get along really well with mine. I wish everyone was like her!!

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    When I'm walking Boss, i have people cross to the other side of the road & cross back over to my side after we've passed.. I guess if a dog looks intimidating it's better to be safe than sorry? :-|

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