I don't know how to fix this because I don't see it coming... Well sometimes I see it coming and put evil hound on lead but this time I didn't.
So there's this boxy oodle x at the park tonight and Frosty play bowed and sang at it but it just stared looking dopey and didn't come and say hi. They were both off lead at this time. The oodle x was with a man and a boy 15ish? and a girl... at the south football goal posts.
So I called evil hound away, she came, good dog, and went back towards the north football goals. Normally we'd do laps around the whole park but I just felt - given their dog didn't look all that comfortable, and they were having a kick of the footy and I was having a hard time predicting where I could safely go around - I went back the other way.
Then the man comes around the football having a bit of a run. Ok.
I'm pretty much at the northern end and evil hound decides to check the playground for scraps - on the north side of the northern goals so I'm watching her and I don't really see the son approaching around the football oval, running with the oodle x, but evil hound does.
And she doesn't like the way their oodle looks so - all of a sudden, she's right there scolding away, and even before she got there it lunged at her and started screaming and growling. And the son freaks out. And he's yelling at me to get my dog and he's trying to get my dog instead of dealing with his dog - who is turning circles around him, and my dog is turning circles around both of them.
And like a proper cattle dog - being impossible to catch. What the hell is it about herding dogs in a slanging match - that means you can't bloody catch them. I eventually grab hold of her - fairly easy because she's wearing a harness - and drag her back and ask the son to check his dog for blood and puncture wounds.
He's properly freaked out - brain gone completely mush, and he's blaming my dog and yelling at me instead of checking his dog. I need him to check. So eventually he decides his dog is ok - so I ask "it was all noise?". He's trying to find out if my dog always attacks other dogs - erm no. She hadn't attacked his dog at the other end of the park... And I'm trying to find out if they are regulars because I hadn't seen him before.
But I think I'd seen the dad and maybe the dog before. And Frosty hadn't been polite then either but she also hadn't hurt the other dog. The other times, the oodlex had been extremely rude in dog body language and screamed when any other dog approached. I had a chat with the dad later and he says his dog often goes off like that. And I said my dog had a few bad experiences with oodle crosses but there are also some that she likes a lot, that she knows well.
So I can't figure it out.
I'm fine with putting her on lead every time a new oodle x comes into sight but I didn't see that one coming. Ie they were fine down the other end, I didn't expect them to start doing laps.
I would like for her to either ignore or be polite to new dogs but I think it might mean we have to got more new parks more often. I suspect she thinks she owns this one. But I only have to go to a park a couple of times and she thinks she owns it. Sigh.
I can't even trust her to do polite introductions with oodle crosses. It seems like she really wants to tell them off for being rude, pulling on lead, stepping on her, or being clumsy, or not grovelling enough for long enough...
And I'm a bit worried that she will get reported for scolding and I will have to muzzle her on all walks and keep her on lead. Tho that would stop the foraging... Or worse, that she or the other dog will escalate to a proper bloody fight and I won't see it coming. She's usually 99 out of 100 times - the grovelliest friendliest dog with the most perfect dog manners. :S