It took me many years to appreciate just how good having a protective dog is. From early on I taught Cappy the word watch - it means "suspicious bogan approaching...be ready to bark". And I reckon it has saved me quite a few times from potentially nasty incidents.
So I am out walking him - rather late - 11:30-12:00 and we pass a car accident (that's fine, cops are there, a dozen or so youths - I probably teach some of em) I put me head down and walked past. Cappy completely ignored the scene, no one got in his way so he doesn't care. He has seen cops before, he has seen sirens flashing, etc.
We keep walking and when we are nearly home I hear this voice call out. I stop cause I think I hear someone calling "help". So I wait a minute and this young bloke - mebbe 17-18 - comes out from one of the streets and starts talking to me. Extremely drunk/high. Says something like "I've been here since January 21st, can you help me find my mate". He was agitated but I think more drunk than anything else. I told him to keep back as the dog would go him. And he kept walking. I repeated it again and he saw Cappy so he stopped. The whole time Cappy is relaxed as pie on the lead and I am too cause I know what will happen if they guy approaches me.
Long story short, I sent the bloke in the direction of the police, he gave up trying to get me to "help" him pretty quick.
I've called the police - the officer said there had been an accident in the area - road rage - I told her I had seen it but I didnt think this bloke was involved. He just seemed lost and agitated. So hopefully the cops will come pick him up and make sure that he is looked after.
I'm glad this happened now and not when I was walking Flash. Flash is bigger but wouldn't know how to be protective/aggressive if his life depended on it.
It will also learn me to walk out here late at night.