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    Hey my dog is a little west highland terrier that Ive had since she was 10 weeks old. She is a great dog and loves strangers and other dogs. She weighs about 5 kilo's. Now here is the problem that I've had recently on walks when walking at 6:30pm-8pm in the later afternoon.

    A lot of idiot ignorant oblivous dog owners with out of control dogs that are unleashed in dog parks running around everywhere being snappy and aggressive at every other person and dog that walks past. I've also come accross random dogs in the street, most of which have been aggressive to my westie and I've had to pick my westie up and carry her away while yelling like an idiot at a random dog.

    I've been threatend with a knife as well at one point. I live in Pascoe Vale, which is an old persons extremely safe suburb in Melbourne but it seems in the recent years these idiots are around. I have started taking my cricket bat on walks. I've noticed people tend to put their dog back on his/her leash when they see me with the bat.

    Is it illegal for me to take a cricket bat for my dogs protection? After the random knife threat family members have been telling me to carry a baseball bat/cricket bat and probably should be taking it anyway due to the recent increase in stupid dog owners.

    What are your thoughts and do you share any similiar experiences.

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    Perhaps go up and walk her near the river - might come across lots of horses but not many offlead dogs lol

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    Trouble is mate if you belt someone you"ll get the shitty end of the stick! Which sucks I know. Take Occy,s advice & try to walk her where there is a bit less "traffic" or even a different time of day, maybe you"ll avoid the problem that way

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    Do agree with Mal but hey, you like to hit balls for your dog, take a ball too.

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    I'm with Di. Bring a cricket ball along and put the "I use it to play with my dog" spin on it if something should happen.

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    tennis ball might be better. Or a half sqished one for little mouths.

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    Hi Rehpot,

    Sounds scary! I can't believe you have been threatened with a knife! Is there any way you can drive your dog for a safer place to walk? I walk my dog around St Kilda and Albert Park everyday and very rarely have problems with other people's dogs. I have felt quiet unsafe once or twice with men approaching me but I'm lucky I have a BIG dog and he seemed to pick up on it.

    Also, the dogs you have trouble with, are they showing aggressive behaviour towards your dog? Dogs aren't as judgmental as us humans are inquisitive by nature so small dogs usually approach large dogs and vice versa just to say hello. I have found that often it is us humans that are more concerned with the dogs! In off leash dog parks it is common for many dogs run up to yours and say hello, maybe have a play, despite difference in size.

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    Hi Rehpot,

    Sounds scary! I can't believe you have been threatened with a knife! Is there any way you can drive your dog for a safer place to walk? I walk my dog around St Kilda and Albert Park everyday and very rarely have problems with other people's dogs. I have felt quiet unsafe once or twice with men approaching me but I'm lucky I have a BIG dog and he seemed to pick up on it.

    Also, the dogs you have trouble with, are they showing aggressive behaviour towards your dog? Dogs aren't as judgmental as us humans are inquisitive by nature so small dogs usually approach large dogs and vice versa just to say hello. I have found that often it is us humans that are more concerned with the dogs! In off leash dog parks it is common for many dogs run up to yours and say hello, maybe have a play, despite difference in size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    tennis ball might be better. Or a half sqished one for little mouths.
    Clever

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    I can usually tell the difference between rough play and aggressiveness so usually when a dog piss bolts upto me and the dog and starts barking and snapping throwing it's body at us within milimeters. Thats extremely rare but it has happened and I've picked up my westie during it. My westie can play very rough but when she gets scared I am sure the other dog isn't playing as she is very tough.

    By the way... my grand parents live in Albert Park just across from the beach and I've taken my dog but that area is a lot more active, like more people around and I feel that most dogs that live there are very socialized compared to the dogs here in the outter suburbs.


    I can honestly say there needs to be some sort of test people have to take before being allowed to own a dog.
    Last edited by Rehpot; 11-07-2009 at 08:39 PM.

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