It is infuriating when you are well aware that the fault is the owners mishandling and lack of responsibility. It makes complaining difficult when you know the dog will be the one that gets the worst of the consequences.
Our local problem dog is now muzzled in public and not allowed off leash. All she needed was an owner who took behavioural training and socialisation seriously.
that sounds horrible. Good on Bruno for assessing the situation correctly; im outnumbered, belly up fast. Nice clear signal for the Danes to follow. Which clearly as there was no ear damage, they did. Phew!
Isnt it terrifying being in the midst of violence?
I could easily say, "dont worry" when my dogs intimidate another dog or frighten an owner. But the person's way beyond worry, they are in fight/flight mode, with adrenalin pumping, in case they have to save their dogs lives.
I could say, "its just what these dogs do", which is true. But they 'do' it with their siblings, who've had years to learn the rules of engagement, and respect each others social status. Strange dogs dont have established status in this situation.
My dogs weigh more than some owners do here.
They are traditionally breeds that scare some folks
If my dog gets nasty, there is likely to be fatal or serious injury incurred by its victim
My dogs are far more likely to be reported to council, than say a non descript dog. (you of all people should be aware of this, owning a "devil dog" yourself lol
My dogs have scared the shit out of a few. IM guility. But i would take responsibility and charge. Not suggest what you should/should not do/think/feel
I was at the park last night and a new pair of dogs and owner showed up.
One dog was a quite big herding dog mix and the other was a pound special puppy eg (kelpie x malamute) x beagle. The herding dog was crossing the park to get in the face of a border collie whose human was trying to do obedience drills with.
I explained to the puppy lady that some dogs don't like other dogs getting in their face, and while the border collie didn't seem to mind, the big booffy bloke owner did not look so thrilled.
Puppy lady said she thought there was no harm in it and she couldn't stop her dog - it was nine. I said - erm - actually it's illegal to let your dog harass other dogs or people and it does do harm if the other dog doesn't like dogs in it's face (reactive) and I'm sure a herding dog mix like hers would learn fast if she stops it from repeating the behaviour... I said if my dog is naughty like that she gets to spend time on lead and the more consistent I am about that the better she is.
So puppy lady went and got her dog. And of course - that's when the beagle x puppy decided to do a poop. So we helped her out with that too. :S Puppy lady was pretty accepting of us bossing her round - which makes a change.
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