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    I'm just saying, my first option would defiantly not be to let my dog go to finish/have a fight. I would first try everything I could before letting my dog go, everything. So far, those situations were I've needed to protect my dogs, i've been lucky and not needed to let the leash go. My first reaction could never be to straight away, let go of the leash because you don't know how bad it could end up if you did that.

    o, I wasn't saying the fight could have been prevented, I just know I would have reacted differently.

    In saying that, I try not to walk my dogs together so it's easier to handle a fight if one breaks out. My Lab x is friendly so I have less to worry about with him, unless I meet a truly aggressive dog but I already know what I'd do in that situation. Serenity, there is no way in hell I would let her go.. No, Just no. I would do whatever it took to protect her because if I was to let her go, I don't just need to worry about that dog. Plus, she's small so I am not going to let her fight against a big, aggressive dog. Plus, she's easy to pick up.

    I just hope I never come across a bad situation.

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    Banjo is not at all a fighter. She will try hide behind me too. So I'm actually not entirely sure what I'd do in that situation with her. If I'd let go off the lead, she might run and then I'm nowhere near to help her. But I would've let my old dog Luna go for the same reasons as why Kuri did it.

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    See, thats another concern. If they run, you probably wont be able to get to them, if they run really far away. My Lab x would run and he doesn't come back, so I wouldn't want to let him go. My Kelpie x would stay near me but I couldn't imagine seeing her get hurt to help me out. Any dog that goes after another dog, I don't truly believe they are 'protecting' there owners, they are trying to protect themselves and it's our job to protect them. Though, I do know SOME dogs are protective.

    I wish people didn't have to deal with off leash/loose dogs >< It's always stressful.

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    I never thought my old dog was protecting me. She just loved a good scuffle. And that is why I would've let her go. Because - as Kuri also said - she would've been much better equipped to deal with the situation than me. She would've never turned her back to a threatening dog, let alone run away.

    Sure we should try protect our dogs but in this situation I agree that it was better to let the dog protect himself as he was far more capable and didn't have the added handicap of a frightened dog attached to him. I see no problem at all with using your dog as protection like that when there doesn't seem to be a better option. I don't think it matters at all what the dog's motives are.

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    I do agree with what you're saying. I don't think it's a bad thing to let a dog handle it if you really think its the best option.

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    I think what i did in the situation was the best i could do. I was concerned for both myself and Molly and was prepared to let Rexy go - he was already in with the dog anyway so there was no point in holding onto the end of the leash & i was able to call him off once i had a stick. If we had a good distance between myself and the other dog i would never have let him go 'just for the hell of it' - Rex does not attract 'bad attention', at the end of the day this dog was wandering around on it's own and i should have never been in that situation in the first place. I full heartedly believe he was protecting me, he does it all the time. We can walk down the same stretch past people during the day, and he's fine. Come night time & people walk past he will bark & warn anybody walking past not to get any closer to him & myself. I think you can only judge your own dog & it's personality in an instance such as this, somebody else cannot make that judgement for you.

    I've seen my boy take on dogs triple his size at the off-lead park because they want to get in his face (not that i'm proud, it' can be quite embarrassing at times even when most times it isn't even his fault) which is why i knew he had a good chance compared to me & molly (molly would have bolted).

    Why should i walk my dogs separately? That's just stupid. I've had no qualms with walking the two together before, so why should they be penalized because of the big "IF" something happens factor?

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    How the hell can this be turned in to a debate??...Kuri was sharing her experience which would have shaken the shit out of me, and you are faulting her ability at even walking her dogs, Tahlz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    I think what i did in the situation was the best i could do. I was concerned for both myself and Molly and was prepared to let Rexy go - he was already in with the dog anyway so there was no point in holding onto the end of the leash & i was able to call him off once i had a stick. If we had a good distance between myself and the other dog i would never have let him go 'just for the hell of it' - Rex does not attract 'bad attention', at the end of the day this dog was wandering around on it's own and i should have never been in that situation in the first place. I full heartedly believe he was protecting me, he does it all the time. We can walk down the same stretch past people during the day, and he's fine. Come night time & people walk past he will bark & warn anybody walking past not to get any closer to him & myself. I think you can only judge your own dog & it's personality in an instance such as this, somebody else cannot make that judgement for you.

    I've seen my boy take on dogs triple his size at the off-lead park because they want to get in his face (not that i'm proud, it' can be quite embarrassing at times even when most times it isn't even his fault) which is why i knew he had a good chance compared to me & molly (molly would have bolted).

    Why should i walk my dogs separately? That's just stupid. I've had no qualms with walking the two together before, so why should they be penalized because of the big "IF" something happens factor?
    I thought you couldn't see my posts? lol.

    I am not bagging you out for what you did, I was just saying, I wouldn't do it, especially owning a smaller dog. Just like I would make my dog behave when walking past people, everyone has a preference. That is pretty interesting he acts different at night, I do believe he would be more protective because there is a big difference between day and night. For me, personally, it would be safer not to let my Kelpie x go because she is a risk to people. With her issues, I'd set her back if I didn't protect her.

    Again, the walking the dogs separately wasn't directed at you, I was just telling my experience. In my eyes, it's about the big 'IF'. I wont take my friendly Lab x to the dog park/beaches because something could happen and I wont risk it, he doesn't need dog friends anyway. I walk mine separately most of the time because if a bad situation comes about, I'll have better control with just one dog. Plus, it's funner walking one dog at a time, great one on one bonding. Do I walk them together sometimes? Yes, I do.

    It's all about personal preferences and what works best for you and I like being on the safer side.

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    I wasn't even insulting her walking her dogs, I was sharing my thoughts on the experiences I've had with my two. Other people did. She just took it the wrong way.

    I don't care what she does with her dogs, they are hers. If it works for her, fine.

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    Do your dogs get any socialisation, besides with each other?

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