Twice on this evening’s walk we had obviously reactive / aggressive dogs tearing up to my dog, completely out of their owner’s control.
This is so dangerous, and I am baffled as to why both owners thought it was okay – with one claiming their dog was “being friendly”, and the other saying “it’s okay” and then (when we said it wasn’t) “I’ve lived here all my life!”
Here is a video of the Labrador sprinting at Kasper. You can see, once I realise what’s happened, that I try and body block the dog and “ah ah” when it moves towards my dog. All the owner has to say is that his dog is being “friendly” and that we’re being “rude”.
Firstly, it is NEVER okay to allow your dog to sprint up to a dog that is on lead. You should always check with the other dog’s owner first. That dog could be on lead for so many reasons, such as:
- it could be aggressive
- it could be reactive
- it could be sick
- it could be injured
- it could be elderly
- it could be blind
- it could be fearful or new to the household
It is extremely rude to allow your dog to sprint up to other dogs
Secondly, this is exactly how FOUR bones were broken in my smallest dog’s leg, and why she is now a three legged dog!!!!
Toller (pictured above, missing her front left leg) was sniffing a field off lead, staying nearby, when a Labrador sprinted across from the other side of the field and ran into her. None of us saw it coming. She immediately began screaming, we discovered she’d broken four bones, she had to suffer through 13 weeks crate rest and then have an amputation at the end of it.
The fact that idiots believe it is okay to let their dogs behave like this truly disgusts me, and I only wish there was a better way (or, really, any way) to report them.
I try and film every off lead dog approaching now, after what happened to Toller. I didn’t catchy the other incident as they were on a quiet road, and I (stupidly) assumed the other dog was on a lead.