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    I was watching yesterday a guy from down the road walking his dog. It's a small staffy I have seen before a couple of times when we walked past his place. He is a very timid dog. He would watch us walking past his fence quietly but his whole body would shake and his tail is tightly tucked in between his legs. Once we stopped to say 'hello' but he ran away in terror.

    Yesterday I saw his owner the first time. They were walking down the road about 200m behind us and caught my attention because he was constantly shouting at his dog. And I mean not snapping but shouting loud enough for us to hear. At the end of the road we turned right and continued walking up the oval. Half way up I turned around and just caught a glimpse of him yanking so hard on the lead that his little staffy did a backwards sommersault in the air. Tough little dog, he continued like nothing happened ... and got another jank (and another shout) right away... all the way to their house.

    What would you do about it? I can't stop thinking about it since and am not sure what to do. Does it justify a call to the RSPA or am I overreacting? Confronting the owner is out of question - I have heard stories about him since. No way I'm confronting this kind of a guy without proper self defence training...

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    Omg, the poor little thing! I would have confronted him ears steaming as that's just the sort of person i am, act first.... think later, and that probably isn't the right advice. I would say ring the RSPCA and explain the situation, and they will be able to tell you if they can act on it or not. If that's how he treats his dog in public, i'd hate to see how he is behind closed doors...

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    I don't know what I would do. The RSPCA won't do anything unless the dog has actual injuries or is with out food, water and shelter. So sad for the poor dog. I'm off to go and free our neighbors goat tonight, it's been tied up since Friday now - they were only keeping it tied up until we replaced the fence which was done by Saturday. But they also like to keep all of their other animals tied up too. This poor thing has dirty water and no shade

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    I woul dhave said soemthing too....

    But probably not much you can really do if he isnt bashing it

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    It's always hard to watch things like that, I struggle to say nothing myself. All I can recommend is if you do feel you need to say something take a softly softly helpful approach, eg; "I used to have a similar problem with my dog and trainers showed me I needed to encourage/reward etc etc" and then go thru the motions of showing him a few different methods to teach loose leash walking".

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    That sucks. For a staffy to be scared like that almost certainly indicates abuse. Staffy's are bold by nature and not scared of anything.

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