Yesterday, i had taken both my dogs for a 'different' outing. To walk on leash, through residential roads.
All had gone well with lose leash training in the new environment. I had visited my son and his pup for a play date. I was walking down the road when bernie suddenly started barking at something behind me. I turned and there was what i think was a huskie, hackles up, full on eye contact, ear fully erect, snarling right at me. I looked away quickly, but too late. He lunged at me for a bite. Still have both my dogs on leash. I roared at the huskie to shoo him away, and both he and bernie decided that was the signal for game on. The huskie comes at me again. And bernie knocks me flying onto my arse, as he leaps to be between huskie and me. Bernie is a large GSD, and long haired, so looks larger still, the huskie was the same size.
They had that tussle where its all teeth and trousers, no contact.
The huskie decided that this was not the fight to pick, and backed off.
I gathered the dog leads back up. And we left. I was a jibbering wreck, scared, shaking, bruised to buggery from my tumble, and then cried.
Pohm, bernie's wife, got to grovelling on the floor during the fight, hey she may of taken her lead from me as i was on my arse too.
The dogs were not 'in contact' and the fight was rapidly started and ended. the entire incident lasted no longer than a minute i guess. But i cried for 2 sodding hours. This really shook me up!
Im posting to let people know, that know matter what you have read in readiness, (k9 etc) on how to handle, when push comes to shove....... you can like draw a complete blank?
Ive learnt that i do not bounce back as fast i used to. Also that i dont bounce anymore.