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    On the weekend while walking our dog (Amstaffy) we had too dogs off there lead run across the road and approach us one time was with me on the Saturday and other was when the kids were walking him Sunday.
    Both times my dog just stood his ground and meet them head on he does not back down even thou he is only turning 4 month old in June, both dogs were fully grown and way bigger then our dog.
    The owners of these dogs both screamed out that there dogs are friendly, my concern is for there dogs, as he gets older he more then likely will not put up with being rushed by another dog off there lead and would protect his owners.
    I have owned these dogs in the past and no what they are capable of if threatened by other dogs. He all ready has some friends who we see when out walking and they all get on great. All the dogs are on leads as they should be.
    It will come to the stage where my boys who are 13 and 11 will not be able to take him for a walk with out me just in case.
    Maybe I'm just paranoid about nothing what do you think?

    Thanks.

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    My thoughts on this...

    You do always have a right to ask other dog owners to call their dogs back if they approach yours. But there will be some idiots who don't get and it and will just keep repeating that their dogs are friendly, which clearly is not the point at all.

    Other dog owners should teach their dogs to approach other dogs in a less threatening manner, but again if their dogs are friendly to other dogs, they often won't get that either.

    So you are in your right to complain about this situation.

    However... in my opinion the best thing you can do to avoid dog fights because of situations like these is to socialise your dog and desensitise them to these approaches. And I say that only because it is the only thing that you do have control over. How your dog reacts. You don't have control over how many idiot dog owners you meet or maybe even the odd dog that escaped his backyard. But you can proof your dog.

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    100% agree with Beloz.

    You canot be responsible for what other owners do with their dogs, so it is up to you to socialise your dog so that he does not react badly, unless he has to to defend himself.

    Also I am going to add, IMO, children shouldnt be walking dogs on their own regardless of how well behaved the dog is. You just dont know what could happen. If a nasty dog rushes your dog, even as a pup, and has a go, your children shouldnt be in that position without adult supervision IMO.

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    Thanks Beloz, I totally agree about socializing my dog and I have put that down as priority 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    100% agree with Beloz.

    You canot be responsible for what other owners do with their dogs, so it is up to you to socialise your dog so that he does not react badly, unless he has to to defend himself.

    Also I am going to add, IMO, children shouldnt be walking dogs on their own regardless of how well behaved the dog is. You just dont know what could happen. If a nasty dog rushes your dog, even as a pup, and has a go, your children shouldnt be in that position without adult supervision IMO.
    I was hopping that at 13 he might be OK, I see your point and have taken it on board.

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    Well firstly it is not acceptable to have dogs offlead outside of dedicated areas. My dog was recently hit by a car so now when I see any off-lead dogs on the street this is what I worry about. And the fact that my dog is well-trained and our street has next to no cars didn't prevent this accident so there are no excuses in my eyes. I would certainly be having a go at them over that if nothing else.
    Rant over. As for your dog, I don't think you are being paranoid at all. I won't let anyone else walk Sammy (unless I'm there), firstly because he obviously has some husky in him and will pull like a steam train with anyone he doesn't know (and when he pulls you go with him) and secondly because I know that he won't back down if challenged by another dog. I don't think there's anything wrong with people owning these types of dogs (your amstaff and my dobe x rottie) so long as they look after them properly and I would argue that includes making sure your dog has the best chance of avoiding difficult situations - ie you're the one who walks him. Now if your dog is on-lead and gets attacked by an off-lead dog and retaliates, you should be ok. I had a friend with an Akita who was attacked by a swf and although her dog was well-trained and on-lead, she maybe made a mistake by asking her dog to lie down, thinking this would tone the situation down. The swf went for the akita's neck and the akita bit back - killing the swf almost instantly with only 1 bite. The owner of the swf tried to declare the akita dangerous and have her put down, but there were lots of witnesses, including myself, and the case never went anywhere. The owner of the swf really has no-one to blame but themselves but still, I know my friend is still upset about this to date and we would all prefer that it had never happened.

    How about some photos, I have a soft spot for amstaffs

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    I agree with Belz

    My 6 months old Amstaff, is well socialized but there is still some signs I can see when she didnt like the other dogs
    rushing to her. She fights back, but if introduced properly she just loves to play.
    m<(o.o)>m

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    pbk1776 mine is the same.
    99bottles I will have to get my self organized with some pics one of these days.

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    Unfortunately these sort of things are a regular occurrence. Certainly report it when it happens (and I recommend this) but don't ever expect the problem to be fixed.

    Like Lala I agree it is not right for a child to be walking a dog, ever, any dog of any breed at all.
    I see it way to often and it is frustrating.
    So many things could go wrong, dog sees a cat and chases it across the road, possibly getting both of them hit by a car.
    Dog pulls towards something and the kid can't hold on
    Another loose dog rushes your dog, a fight breaks out, child tries to intervene, this would end in tragedy.
    Just on the weekend I saw 2 small children oldest probably no older than 13 walking 3 dogs, a staffy and 2 SWF's, one of the SWF's broke free of the childs grip and was running along the side of the road, it was a very busy road and if the dog had run onto the road it would have gotten hit or caused an accident. Luckily it didn't and luckily a dog barking under a fence stopped it so the kid could catch it.

    Also I am pretty sure most State's and Council's have a law in relation to the minimum age a person in charge of a dog can be, probably worth looking it up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amstaffy4pal View Post
    I was hopping that at 13 he might be OK, I see your point and have taken it on board.

    And to be honest, my daughter used to walk our extremely placid staffy/lab mix by herself when she was 9, just up the st and back. Until one day we were all walking and Chev and Lennox got rushed by a bull mastiff. If my kid had of been on her own, she wouldnt have known what to do. As a result, she doesnt walk the dogs by herself - she is almost 13 (she cant walk Barney anyway LOL)

    Its not about the age of the kids walking the dogs, 13 is definitely old enough to walk a dog IMO. Its more about the situation they could end up in and not know what to do.

    But thats just me, and we have had an experience that has stopped me from allowing mine to walk the dogs alone.

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