Interesting morning walk today dealing with Oscar's increasing intolerance of strange dogs approaching him - only dogs his size or larger are problematical, especially if they just run straight up to us. Oscar and Saffie were on the leash as we walked along the cycle path close to some mangroves where people often camp in the dry season (they're called "long grassers" here). Suddenly a camp dog appeared from the mangroves just a few feet away, looked like a dingo crossed with something bigger and it was looking very territorial and stiff. Two steps closer and I knew Oscar would snap at it and who knows what its reaction would be.
So I took some advice I got after our last bust up at the off leash beach, pulled my two close, stepped forward and yelled "stop!" then "ah!" each time the camp dog tried to approach. It worked, the dog halted, tried again, stopped and then eventually decided dealing with the crazy white fella wasn't worth it and we were able to continue on without it escalating.
So I walked on feeling quite happy I didn't have to deal with a scuffle with a scungy beast and that I'd done my job in protecting Oscar. Then we got to a little beach, no one around so I let mine off the leash. Then I came around the corner of some rocks and saw Oscar and a large young dog greeting each other (it had suddenly come down another path to the beach). The young dog was being very polite and Oscar was good with that. He probably wouldn't have continued to be good though if the young dog had decided the polite overtures had been accepted and it was time to initiate play time. But it didn't get to that because Saffie suddenly started barking her "go away" bark at the young dog, something she never does! I'm sure she thought she was managing the situation by copying me and yelling "Stop!"
The young dog ran off back to its owner and Saffie looked very pleased with herself. But I was left feeling embarrassed at would have looked like a perfectly reasonable greeting being broken up by uppity Saffie. Phew, can't win. A few minutes later we met a small dog and it was smiles and play all round.