I was in a discussion with a colleague, who was relaying her last dog walk scenario. Her dog has had 2 surgeries to first repair, then amputate her back leg. It has now got the all clear for off leash play/romps/free to be a dog!
The dog is a min pin x JRT, he's 7 months old, lives in a flat no garden, with 2 adults.
Walked plenty, but on leash only so far in its life, due to having early surgery that went wrong despite rehab.
So its off leash for first time. With other dogs. Playing chaser/chased role. And then my colleague decided, because 'she knew' that the dog was tired, asked the owner of the dog to recall his dogs, as they were not stopping so she could catch her small dog, and is now worried its actually too rough exercise. The man said they were fine, just playing and would not harm her dog. That he would not recall the dogs annoyed my colleague. I asked why she did not recall hers? And she explained this is her dogs 1st time off leash, and he doesnt have a recall. This is at a offleash dog lake area.
I suggested that the entire scenario was 50 shades of screwed anyhow, poor planning n all that jazz. She's now furious with me, that i do not agree that the man with the dogs was responsible in entirety, and should her dog of been injured, she would legislate against the owner.
I left it with, hey ho, lets agree to differ then.
I believe that if you have no recall, then the dog should be on a line tether of some sort to keep control.
I believe that if you dont know how your dog reacts around other dogs, you have a responsibility to keep it on a leash/under control, its the law.
I believe that you get in there, and grab your dog smartish, at the first sign of concern when others are nearby. Not expect others to do this for you.