Originally Posted by NewChiDad
In the short time I've owned my chi, this is getting to be a real pet peeve (no pun intended) of mine. I live in a downtown area with lots of other dog owners. A lot of them are responsible, and observe leash and scooping laws. But a lot aren't. Idiots walk around with pit bulls, German shepherds, boxers, etc. as if they were remote controlled, rather than ANIMALS with INSTINCTS.
Does anyone else here deal with this kind of thing, and if so, how?
It's a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I routinely take my dogs to Petsmart and other pet stores that allow animals, for socialization purposes. I prefer to walk them on leash rather than carry them or have them in the buggy, because they're dogs not babies. But that plan is frequently thwarted by other dog owners who will not control their dogs! I've had large dogs DRAGGING their owners towards mine, paws scrambling on the slick floor, straining at their leashes to get to my two, who aren't even as big as the dog's whole head. I've had a dog jumping up at me, jaws snapping, while I'm clutching my two to me, dancing around in circles trying to keep my back to the bigger dog. Even when they're in the cart, I've had dogs rear up on their hind legs trying to get to mine in the buggy. It's just ridiculous and infuriating, particularly because the owners either think it's funny, or are reassuring me that their dog "just wants to play" while the dog's body language is telling me something completely different. And even if the dog DID just want to play, so what? He's huge by comparison to mine, and his "play" could very easily kill or maim mine.
The lack of consideration by other owners, the complete disregard they seem to have sometimes is just appalling. So are the folks who just assume that it's OK to pet my dogs and will be all over them before I even know they're there. It's a GOOD thing mine are so friendly and don't nip or bite, even when they're startled as they often are by the enthusiastic overtures of clueless, ignorant people.
I treat my dogs like dogs. I don't baby them. I don't coddle them. That said, there are more times than not when I'm out in public with them I'm having to resort to dealing with them just that way, not because that's my handling of choice, but because I'm forced into it by the complete disregard of other dog owners.
And I've gotten to the point where I WILL NOT HESITATE to kick, shove, hit another dog if they're trying to get to mine. Tough if the owner doesn't like it. I've more than once connected with a well-aimed kick to a dog just to discourage him from trying to get to mine. I don't like to do it AT ALL, but I have, and will again, when it becomes necessary.
And I don't blame the dog.....ever. I blame the owners. They carry 100% of the responsibility for their dog's behavior.
Sorry for the rant. HUGE Pet Peeve