Small dogs are complete divas LOL
Small dogs are complete divas LOL
In SA - dogs out in public - must wear a current registration disk. So no collars is illegal. SA State law not council law. Not picking up - is another part of the state law broken. And allowing their dog to rush up to another dog without permission is harrassment, and lack of effective control - two more bits of the SA state law broken. Some of these rules are written on the back of the dog registration renewal form but if she's not registering her dogs - then she wouldn't know that.Unfortunately apart from not picking up after her dogs i don't think the lady has actually done anything wrong(as far as council laws go) - dogs running up to other dogs to say hello is quite standard(i'm not saying its right) behaviour.
And a general rule of ettiquette for off lead fenced dog parks - is not to bring bitches on heat inside - because they cause fights.
Also, there is a council sign at the entrance to the field saying that all dogs off leash must be under effective control - these dogs were definately not.
We brought Pip to the beach on Sunday, where she happily met lots of other dogs of all sizes and shapes, so at least no damage has been done!
dog fights inside a fully fenced enclosure that dogs have trouble escaping from - are really really bad. Ie it takes away the fight option, and makes freeze option not likely to work either - so the dogs have little choice but to fight if they're approached rudely. With bitches on heat - it causes male dogs to approach each other rudely and with aggression and the bitch herself, while smelling very attractive might not be "receptive" so she will fight off any dog trying to have a sniff. It's not a fun time for anyone. I've seen it once - sort of accidentally - ie the person who brought their bitch to the park - she wasn't in heat that morning but she was by the time she arrived and not receptive. There were a lot of fights.
MMJ, I think from that description it is clear that the other dog owner had little or no control over her dogs. Fail. Plus, if you have 3 big dogs, you should really not let them charge at any dog, let alone a little one. Fail again.
I used to walk a tiny JRT very regularly years ago. And I can tell that if it is your dog (or one you care about) it is heartbreaking to see them that terrified when approached so rudely by a pack of big dogs. How could they not expect to be torn apart when they see that coming at them? I was like Asrais in that I made an effort to not molly coddle the JRT and tried to treat her the same as my big dog. But I did pick her up once or twice because she was frightened to death in situations like that, being chased round and round by a group of big dogs who thought she was a great toy. If big dog owners allow this to happen all the time, then they are partly to blame for little dogs developing behavioural issues.
It is because I understand how vulnerable little dogs must feel out there that I personally never get annoyed if they use the "attack is the best defense" strategy. I feel often they have few other options.
It is easy to criticise when you have a dog that you can trust to look after themselves if attacked. Try to see things from the perspective of a dog the size of a rabbit instead and the world looks very different.
Last edited by Beloz; 08-01-2012 at 09:33 AM.
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