July 28th 2011 10:05 am
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As some of you might know from my posts, i've been doing much, much better with other dogs out on walks. To the point i can walk past them without even so much as a grumble under my breath and i walk regularly with Cassie & Tara. I still don't like dogs getting in my space but that's understandable and luckily we haven't come across too many dogs that do overstep the mark.
Today, we had just stepped out of our front door when "bully mans" JRT ( off lead as always ) came running full pelt at me and Ty. He briefly stopped in front of Tyler and then lunged at him nearly taking Ty's nose off! He then ran straight at me ( i was growling at this point, but not lunging ) jumped on me and just let rip on me!! I went back at him as to be expected and there was lots of noise, snarling teeth, and i actually grabbed/bit the JRT too but it was more of a grab/let go reflex as i certainly didn't hang on to him, although there was a couple of times we both made contact. But as far as mum could tell there was no blood or anything on the other dog and i was fine. "Bully man" didn't even attempt to call his dog back once, he was a little way back from the whole incident. Mum shouted at the JRT to "get out" and at the same time she pulled me away. We got out into the open more and the JRT kinda left me alone, just barking from behind and at this point his owner had caught up and told him to "come here". Mum was fuming about the whole thing. Friday we had another run in when he was walking his & his friends JRT over the fields. He did put his own dog back on the lead this time but he couldn't get his friends JRT, Molly, and she ran up to me within an inch of my face and just barked at me, provoking a reaction. He never has his own dog on lead half the time and it runs straight from his front door to the fields, across the road, completely unleashed. His dog is just as aggressive as me. What's more is that he's bred his dog to another neighbors little JRT down the road. Both have had a litter before and the mum is reactive/aggressive too. What joy for those poor puppies.
Mum just really hopes this doesn't set me back. The "average joe" type of owners have no idea what energy, effort, time and hard work goes into training our "problem" dogs and they have no consideration for how their dogs behaviour may effect an already reactive/aggressive dog. What's more is that this guy KNOWS i have issues. One old man who used to walk his JRT for him knew that his dog had issues too and never let him off lead. Why doesn't his owner do the same?! Through one ignorant, bully of a man and his equal bully of a dog, i could be almost back to square one again, and that would be a great, great shame! :(
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Thinking you will actually deal ok with this... just be a little more aware than usual... thats what I do if there has been a happening. Mostly.. they take otheir cues from us.
I can only think of reporting this incident ..... but I also know and understand why you dont want to do that.
Other idea is... go to him.. (with a witness.. maybe Mum or Dad) and say that you will not stand for a repeat of this. Ask if he needs showing how to put a lead and collar on.. say it and mean it as nicely as possible. tell him... it wont be just vets bills you will be after. Also.. if there is a leash ordinance.. remind him.
Remember.. he was actually scared off last time you firmly refused to take the cwap.... he maybe just needs "reminding".
Missy and you are doing great.. and will continue to do so.. lessons once learnt are rarely forgotten.
Other point.. carry a nice big hiking stick !
OMD! Miss Missy, we feel so badly for you...What the problem with the JRT not leashing his pet if he knows he will act this way?????? We'd report him! Not fair to you and your Momma. You've been doing a great job and working very hard.
We don't want to see that little Bully hurt you,either.
Thanks Flicka & Mazy *hugs*
Mum knows that if she'd said anything to him he would have started on her as before. He just didn't care. The same with reporting him Mazy, it's really difficult coz we have to live under him. He'd put two and two together and who knows what he would do? :(
If we have another run in though, mum doesn't know how much she can bite her tongue! Hopefully i'll be ok though *paws crossed*
Aw, Missy--that creep again?!
Flicka's suggestion--carry a big stick!--Missy's specialty--Missy can bat him back herself with those telephone poles she lugs around!
BOL, very true Rosco!! ;)
I get the same problem with a nasty man from around where i live. he has this very aggressive 10 month old staffie that is never on lead and has actually ran across the road to bite my face and eyes before :( ive gone a bit backwards about staffies now and bark like crazy to mummies dismay.
however last time he went for me mummy actaully got in front of me and used her body to get him off me (silly mummy could have been bitten) and he blames me for being a big dog and driving his staffie mad? i never done nothing to him *sigh* some owners *tut tut*