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    Default My first rant...

    Pip and I went on our regular walk this morning, down to the local soccer pitch (off leash area), a little earlier than usual. As we enter the field, I see these three dogs pelting down towards us at full speed - a rough collie, a border collie and a massive german shepard - and a lady at the far side of the field yelling "they won't hurt your dog" as they continue hurtling towards us.

    I place myself between the dogs and Pip - they don't look aggressive, but pip is ten times smaller than the smallest one and looks terrified. I'm not one to coddle dogs, so standing between them was all I could think to do. The two collies proceed to sniff Pip all over, while the GSD barks at her, Pip starts to cry out, she is so terrified. The lady walks up, yells at the dog not to bark, of course the dog continues barking (well, if her owner can bark, so can she!)

    I stand with the lady while all the dogs calm down, click and treating Pip when she visibly relaxes. She tells me that they don't usually walk there but the GSD is in heat. As we stand there, the GSD does the same approach to someone else, this time a child. She is not aggressive, but she is one of the biggest of her breed that I have seen, and is pretty intimidating looking. The lady has no control.

    So, all dogs are settled, Pip and I continue our walk. When we gain a little distance, I let Pip of the leash. The GSD barks, Pip runs back to the lady. Then she has the cheek to tell me I should keep Pip on the lead!!! Really? She doesn't even have a lead - and Pip comes when she is called.

    As we walk, I also notice that the lady is letting her dogs crap all over the field and not clean it up.

    This, I think, is a lesson about how neurotic little fluffies are created. When the are exposed to out of control big dogs, what can you do but be on the offensive.

    It goes to show that there is no difference between little dogs and big dogs (for all the little dog bashing that goes on here) except their owners.

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    How irresponsible is that!

    I have a GSD, who knocks kids over, and kids get frightened so easily.

    There are always going to be plonkers with dogs. You've been plonkered.

    And i reflected on your (little dog bashing). Im guilty i think. Probably. My apologies. Im sizest. Its not just dogs, it extends to people too. Its a subjective thing from being 6 ft.

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    your right, it is the owners who are at fault..... there is a large percentage that seem to find little dogs aggression funny or cute........
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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    your right, it is the owners who are at fault..... there is a large percentage that seem to find little dogs aggression funny or cute........
    Asrais, the thing is... little dogs (generally) do not get siezed and put down for bad behaviour.

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    The lady was stupid and irresponsible, but your reaction was great - positioning yourself in a protective way will make your dog trust you more, and treating it when it relaxes around big unruly dogs will make it associate socializing with positivity. Top marks, well done.

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    Asrais

    I'd want to rant too. And when I see stuff like this, I make the people pick up. I say "do you need a bag - here's one of mine"... though some people pick up and then they throw the bag on the ground when they think I'm not lookiing.

    Someome like this I'd report (fat lot of good it does with council cut backs but I'd try anyway). I'd get the tag of any one of her dogs if they have one, and the licence plate of her car - if she drove... and give the details to council.

    Or I'd get the phone out and say I was calling the ranger. That's often enough to get someone like that to leave.

    She should not bring a dog on heat to an off lead park. Ever. It's just asking for dog fights and unwanted pregnancies.

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    bernie - you probably wouldn't like me then, I'm a mere 5ft 3 lol

    Chubbs - sadly this is true - if that grandparent and kid that the GSD ran after reported her, the lady would have a major problem on her hands. All dogs, big or small should be held to the same standard.

    Mosh - I had to fight the instinct to pick Pip up away from the commotion, but in my head I knew this would make everything so much worse!

    Hya - she didn't have collars on any of them, but she did have a car, though I didn't realise until we were on the other side of the field - if I see her again, I will get her plates. She said she went there because it was always quiet - same reason I go there, Pip is too little to deal with the pack of staffies and kelpies in the dog park - luckily for her she was there early. There are a few dogs that walk there, very friendly and well controlled or always leashed, but very male.

    I asked her if she planned on breeding the GSD (translates to why isn't she desexed) she told me that she would be desexed at 2.5 years (14 months now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    Mosh - I had to fight the instinct to pick Pip up away from the commotion, but in my head I knew this would make everything so much worse!
    Yup, you're right - you'd then have to deal with dogs jumping at you trying to get at the puppy. It also sends the wrong message to Pip. Experiences like this are good for her, as long as she knows you're always there to protect her.

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    God I hate situations like that

    One time when I was walking my Pip (lol) she was on lead. This guy was sitting on his fence with his dog in frnt of him off lead. I saw so crossed the road.

    Pippi didnt notice (thank god because she is very dog aggressive).

    Nearly atour house so I crossed back over. Well the guys dog saw us and came pelting over. Pippi is 6 kilos and the other dog was only small too, maybe 10 or 12 at most (say as tallas a staffordshire but finely built - bigger than Pip though).

    Anyway, Pippi saw him coming and immediately started to aggress. The guy was yelling out "Its OK hes friendly". I said "well in isnt"

    And I di the only thing I could do, I picked Pippi up just as the other dog got to us. Wrong thing to do absolutely,but I didnt have a choice. Blocking wouldnt have worked coz the other dog woulda gone around, or so would Pippi. And if I hadlefther o the ground, Pippi woul hve attacked, and the bigger dog would have kicked her ass.

    It annoys me. Thats great that your do is friendly, but dont you think mine is on a lead for a reason?

    Dont get me wrog,Pippi is the sweetest dog to people, but she is completely and utterly dog agressive nd sometmes picking her up "molly coddlng" is he only thing to do for HER safety. Which in turn, reinforces her hatred. Its annoying, but a bit o a ctch 22.

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    Welcome to offleash dog parks lol. Unfortunately apart from not picking up after her dogs i don't think the lady has actually done anything wrong(as far as council laws go) - dogs running up to other dogs to say hello is quite standard(i'm not saying its right) behaviour.

    I would also add, SWF get their reputation for a reason, while yours might be well trained, from my experience yours is in the minority.

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