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    I think the focus should be on training the dogs, of any breed, to be good and controlled around other dogs and maybe to enlighten the public about the advantages of having any breed. To simply say that a breed or type of dog should be kept onlead because of the public impression is not helping. Perhaps to aviod conflict this could be a helpful sugestion but I think showing people that a dog like that can be far better behaved than SWF is good for public impression. Just a thought.

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    Big and small, if trained do show a good example of the particular breed, it is the owners that need training on how to behave in a public place.........Finn and I should not me subjected to snide remarks and at times abuse just because we are going for a walk. And Finn IS well trained. So we do the early morning and late,late at night walks to avoid any possibilty of have to deal with these situations that we have all discussed.

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    Every dog has a place and purpose in the world.

    If it wasn't for small dogs many of the elderly would be lonely. If it wasn't for larger more robust dogs many children wouldn't get to experience the joy of owning a dog.

    To be ignorant against SWF is no different than owners of SWF being ignorant about larger dogs.

    I don't care which way we want to look at it, big dogs are normally scary to small dogs and lots of large dogs see small dogs as fun fast things to chase. The two don't often go together, especially when you incorporate the two idiots holding the lead.

    My 80yo mother has a Chi, if it wasn't for this tiny dog she would be sitting at home each evening by herself. Because of his tiny size she is able to lift him in and out of the bath, walk him, carrying his food home, walk him to the vet etc, as she doesn't drive, and maintain the small yard he requires without having to be dependent on others.

    For every idiot owner of a SWF there is also an idiot large dog owner who lets their large dog jump on and play far too roughly with a small dog all the while smiling and saying, "Oh he/she won't hurt him, he just wants to play", meanwhile 30kg+ is bouncing on top of a little Chi. It takes a brave little dog owner to let a larger dog interact with their dog as one bite could puncture a lung.

    We all have to take responsibility for our own dogs, whether big or small and we should all realise that their are idiots who own dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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    As the owner of SWF's (6.6kg Westies) as well as Staffords, I'd have to say that the only dog that has ever "attached" itself to one of my Staffords, was a SWF.

    Walking in an "on leash" area with my red girl who is obedience trained/titled, when a typical SWF (Maltese) owner comes along with hers OFF lead. As it flew for my girl, did the normal thing ............. "Get control of you dog & get it on a lead".

    "Oh she only wants to say hello" was the reply. Yeah right!! the little fluffball flew up and latched onto my girl's lip.

    Luckily it was the girl & not one of the boys, because she stood, got a Stay command so I could get it off. Mind you blood dripping from her lip and what did I get ..................... "Oh your dog hasn't my poor baby has it? Those are such nasty dogs!!!!!"

    Very calmly explained that the blood was from my girl who was on a leash & hers wasn't & could I have her name & address so I could:
    1. report the incident to council &
    2. so I knew who to send the vet bills to.

    She took off, but did put a lead on as she left. Never seen her again.

    Always wary when I see SWF when I'm walking my dogs. Bullbreeds, GSD's, Danes, Sharpei's etc don't worry about as they are the ones that are on leads up this way.
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    Just a little story about todays walk with Troopa. We were approaching a woman with a SWF, as we got closer the woman picked her dog up to walk passed us. I assumed this was due to my pooch's size but as we crossed paths she smiled and said 'this one can be a bit vicious' referring to her own little dog. Just thought it was interesting to see the shoe on the other foot, the larger dog remaining calm and the small dog not being trusted.
    Very much appreciate that this woman was aware though and held her dog to avoid aggressive behaviour towards mine.

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    that is gorgeous............it does happen, I know this with responsible owners..........please the next time you see her, Thank her from the me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    Yes, you are being personal, because you specifically said "Boxer". You did not say "all dogs that appear threatening should always be on a lead".

    Ignorance is bliss I guess.
    Sorry if you took it personal. My view is that its so easy to get in trouble with a dog like boxer, mastiff, rotti, bulldog compare to a little lap dog. In the area where I live, all it would take is one of my neighbours to ring the council and say that I am walking a large pitbull off the leash and I would have people at my house from the council giving me a hard time. Ones again I love your boxer and I am sorry if you took it personal. I am sure your dog is very very well trained unlike my dogs. But I still wouldn't be walking him off lead. Thats all. If he is a dominant dog at all, things can go wrong. Also dogs can grow old and change their personality.

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    Great story Megan.

    My mothers Chi is very good at putting my lot in their place, normally when he first arrives. This puts them in their place so they don't walk over the top of him, give him respect and play with him very gently. If he didn't do this he would receive injuries just because of the size difference.

    After a little while he relaxes and then normally falls in love with one of the girls and follows them everywhere. He goes home absolutely exhausted from not only physically keeping up with them but mentally navigating his way around Gemma and the puppies (mainly the puppies).

    Mum was lucky I had my last old Kelpie when he was a puppy so he got to interact with a dog she trusted, this "set the scene" for his interaction with larger dogs, and particularly since mum doesn't drive they walk everywhere & come across dogs of all sizes and training levels. You can still see him tense a bit when a large bouncy dog comes his way, but his best mates are an old Golden Retriever and a GSDX which belong to two of her elderly friends. They are quite a sight going for their afternoon walk together.

    Both her friends will not be replacing their beloved elderly dogs when they go as they are frightened a new dog will outlive them. I'm thinking they will be excellent foster carers.
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    I worry about dogs of any size off a leash when I am walking mine.
    There's a daft old woman who keeps letting her Tenterfield off lead as soon as she see's me

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    Dogs had a great time at the off-lead park the other weekend rounding up a little JRT - the owner said she loves being rounded up! No aggression shown by anyone (owners or dogs!)

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