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Old 11-08-2012, 04:49 AM
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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. They always act stupidly surprised when their beasts come bounding over to my poor scared little chi, completely ignoring their "commands." I know many of these dogs are probably more curious than aggressive, but when they could wolf down my little girl in a single gulp, I don't feel like I can afford to take that chance, so unless they're a breed I trust to be sweet and friendly, like Golden Retrievers or Labs, I grab her up as fast as I can. Sometimes I guess wrong, though. Tonight, this silly-looking little French bulldog turned out to be quite aggressive. I managed to scoop Butterbean up before any harm could be done, but I'm starting to fear that one of these days I'll have to get actually violent with one of these dogs and probably also come to blows with their owners. Does anyone else here deal with this kind of thing, and if so, how?
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:13 AM
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I hate when people leave ANY dog off leash in an area that is not enclosed/not meant to have unleashed pets. Not only is it dangerous for the dog since they could get hit by a bike, car, etc. but some people don't want to be bothered by others' pets. If someone has a dog unleashed and I am walking by with my dogs, I will tell them that my dogs are shy and ask them to grab their dog. Most of the time people will do it.
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If I see an off leash dog, regardless of breed, I pick Odie up. Even if it's a smaller breed, she could still be injured. I don't get why people want their dogs to be off leash. It is really in the dog's best interest. In my experience, most people get embarrassed, and are "surprised" their dog ran over. I usually don't say anything to the people, but clearly try to make them feel bad and like their dog is a nuisance.


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I hate when people leave ANY dog off leash in an area that is not enclosed/not meant to have unleashed pets. Not only is it dangerous for the dog since they could get hit by a bike, car, etc. but some people don't want to be bothered by others' pets. If someone has a dog unleashed and I am walking by with my dogs, I will tell them that my dogs are shy and ask them to grab their dog. Most of the time people will do it.
I agree..it makes no difference to me what breed. NO dog should not be off a leash unless its in an area where they can be, to run around etc. Like fenced areas or areas made for that.

My girl is scared as it is whenever we are on a walk...imagine a big dog coming bounding towards her of a leash and actually getting to her..yikes!
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I usually go to a park in which dogs have to stay on lead (and there are everywhere signs that say that clearly!) unless they are in the off lead fanced in area. It's so much easier for me and I am not constantly worrying about a dog that comes along. However, it's unbelievable how many ppl still chose to ignore all those signs and have their dogs off lead withouth going even once into the actually off lead area....
I found that usually dog owners of big dogs find it even funny when they big dog runs towards us and seeing Rocky being scared. I even had someone tell me it's totally ok for his Labrador to jump up on me when I have Rocky on my arm and that I should have let him stay on the ground...yeah right.....
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:43 AM
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Yep doesn't matter about the breed at all! I've heard of lab/golden retriever attacks on other dogs. Any dog that ignores its owners command to one back when off the lead you should be wary of.
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I had a staffie,jump out of a car window and attack my last Chi i couldn't get it's jaws off even when i was hitting it, the owner came over with a petrol can and was hitting it over the head still wouldn't budge,only when he lifted the thing by the collar and pinched it's throat it let go,luckily the chi had the sense to play dead and was not seriously hurt but still needed vet treatment,it was the most awful experience i have ever had with my dogs.I would never trust any dog i don't know now .So be very careful
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I came across this for the first time a couple of weeks back. We were at the park, not in the dog section and a huge lab came running towards Mylo at top speed. I'm sure he was very friendly but if something 10 times my size came running at me full pelt it would scare the poop out of me too. Unfortunately my other half was the one with the lead and he was slow to react so ended up yanking Mylo up by his lead. I'm just glad he wears a harness and not a collar because he yelped as it is. Then the owner looked offended and tried to say he was playing. I'm sure he was, but if he runs towards people you call him away and if that doesn't work you don't have them off the lead. If I'd have been on my own I wouldn't have been happy either because it was a muddy day and I wouldn't appreciate big muddy paw prints on me or ending up on the floor because he was big and running so fast. People almost never scoop here either. There's always stuff to be avoided in the street and its always a big pile. Walking home one night not long ago my OH managed to step in some and slide, almost falling over. Ew!
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