|Barked: Sun Jul 8, '12 9:51am PST |
|I have a 'dog agressive' Staffy, which is considered to be a 'bad breed' around here (he's gorgeous!). He suffers from anxiety and doesn't like strange dogs, so gets reactive if they try to approach him. If another dog runs up to him and is being quite direct, he sees it as agression and reacts if they invade his personal space. Him being attacked recently by a DA dog has not made things better.
Because of this, Zack is muzzled if we go ANYWHERE where there might be dogs off lead. He doesn't wear it walking down the street simply because 99.9% of people keep their dogs on leads in the streets where I live, and strays aren't a huge deal here.
Yes, it does make him look horrid, but I cant control what off lead dogs will do, so I need to take measures to keep everyone safe. Him wearing a muzzle makes him look mean, but its the responsible thing to do, and some poeple DO understand. I've had children come up to me and ask about Zack and I've explained to them that YES they can pet him because he loves people - he just isnt too overkeen on dogs.
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