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    So, I was at my local off-leash dog park with Bruno and Serena. Serena was on lead and Bruno was trotting next us, saying hello to the occasional dog and playing zoomies with some of the dogs I know. Its a very nice dog park where I know most of the dogs so I know Bruno is safe to play a bit, within reason.

    About half way through our walk, Bruno trotted up to these two massive Great Danes to say hello. The owner assured me that it would be ok so I kept an eye on them. There was a little rough play at first so I went to call Bruno off.

    Before I knew it, Bruno was in submissive mode and these Great Danes took turns grabbing Bruno's neck and basically pinning him down. I ran towards them to get Bruno but before I could, one of the Danes grabbed Bruno by the ear and physically lifted and then dragged him by the ear. I couldn't believe my eyes. I started screaming at the owner to get his dog on the lead. The Dane let go and Bruno come scampering back to me, scared but , thankfully, no discernible ear damage.

    I was so upset and angry and I yelled at the owner to either control his dogs or go to another dog park.

    His advice to me:

    "Don't worry, that is what these dogs do" and also "don't get upset". He just walked off, dogs still not leashed, a he left the dog park. Which, the way I was fuming, was probably good for all concerned.

    The image of Bruno being lifted up by the ear has been seared into my brain.

    Turns out this guy and his dogs have caused trouble before. Not sure if a call to the ranger has been made in the past.

    So upset

    Adrian

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    I am sorry it happened to you, but that is why I do not do dog parks.....i just cannot relax and trust all the dogs, so I do not go. I have huge dogs, newfies, but we have been attacked and bitten by small dogs in dog parks..My solution is/was to saty out and only socialise with dogs we know and Private places off leash. Or places so far out, no one but us are there (very early in the morning works too)
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    Contact the ranger.

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    What a horrible experience!

    I can't believe the owner said "Don't worry, that is what these dogs do"... was he talking about his dogs, or great danes in general? Yes an untrained Great dane can be a boisterous and excitable... but thats up to the owner to control!!

    I've only been to an off leash park once, and it was empty. Koda enjoyed it, but no more than running off lead at home around the farm. I don't think i'd ever go to off leash dog parks... and if I did, I would only go if its empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    What a horrible experience!

    I can't believe the owner said "Don't worry, that is what these dogs do"... was he talking about his dogs, or great danes in general? Yes an untrained Great dane can be a boisterous and excitable... but thats up to the owner to control!!

    I've only been to an off leash park once, and it was empty. Koda enjoyed it, but no more than running off lead at home around the farm. I don't think i'd ever go to off leash dog parks... and if I did, I would only go if its empty.
    He was talking about his danes. Bruno, typical boof head, was initially a little shaken but then shrugged it off, we put him on lead and went home.

    I have been going to the dog park just after dusk when everyone had gone and that has been much nicer and I feel that my dogs are relatively safe.

    Will be doing that a lot more from now on.

    Yes, I will be calling the ranger

    Adrian

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    We have a dog at the corner that will run across the road and lunge. The owner just laughs, ignorant yit. Not so much aggressive as unsocialised, scares Maggie. I noticed that it is now muzzled if it out the front so they must have let her run at the dogs of someone who complained. I am sorry for her it is all the owners fault she could have been a great dog.

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    I think it was his blasé attitude that really got me fired up. It was lucky that Michelle was there to calm me down otherwise things might have got a bit more confrontational as I have a hot head at times (its the Italian side of me). Chatting to other owners, they all were aware of these two danes and their stoopid owner. They are massive dogs and he did not appear to have full control of them. Why would you get two Great Danes if you clearly can't control even one?
    If I see him I will have a calm and coldly polite conversation about my intense displeasure about his negligence last night him know that a complaint has been lodged with local council.

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    Been so many reports of dog attacks on the local news lately, ignorant dog owners really piss me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ados View Post
    I think it was his blasé attitude that really got me fired up. It was lucky that Michelle was there to calm me down otherwise things might have got a bit more confrontational as I have a hot head at times (its the Italian side of me). Chatting to other owners, they all were aware of these two danes and their stoopid owner. They are massive dogs and he did not appear to have full control of them. Why would you get two Great Danes if you clearly can't control even one?
    If I see him I will have a calm and coldly polite conversation about my intense displeasure about his negligence last night him know that a complaint has been lodged with local council.
    He sounds like a d!ck!

    I have a friend who adopted a Dane a year ago. I tried to warn her that owning a big dog does come with bigger risks and responsibilities. Now she has a massive dog that jumps up on people. He terrifies me because my body's quite fragile. He has jumped up at me and tried to pull the treat bag out of my hand. I only just managed to stay on my feet but it did cause some pain. I went for a walk with them a few weeks ago for the first time in ages but felt panicky and hid behind my friend (or a tree) every time he ran in my direction. I haven't met up with them since...

    My friend knows it's not OK though and she started training classes to fix the problem, so no comparison between her and the stupid owner you describe. Just a demonstration of how the consequences of very big dogs misbehaving do tend to be very big too in some situations. I understand her pain because I have a jumper and I do try hard to stop her, but mine is merely very annoying and unlikely to cause anyone damage. (She also wouldn't dare grab someone's treats and has good recall, but yeah there's lots to be improved still.)

    And it isn't ok to let your dog bully another dog (I have been guilty of that when I was younger because I didn't think about where the boundary should be) but it is definitely not OK to let 2 or more dogs gang up on another, no matter what size they are!

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    bitey face is a game that is popular with dogs, but it needs to be played when the dogs are on equal terms...

    My dog had a lovely time playing zoomies with two great danes at Victoria Park racecourse, and she easily out manoevered both of them to the point I thought they'd get injured trying to keep up with her zigs and circles.

    The owner was ok at the time, but on another day his dog crapped and he refused to pick it up and his dogs don't wear id - so it's difficult to report to council. Tho there can't be many places with two great danes at home. Great dane craps are enormous and stinky.

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