|Barked: Wed Aug 22, '12 8:04am PST |
|Too often when a small dog is injured or killed by a big dog, there's a rush to explain what the owner of the small dog did wrong, or how the small dog "triggered" the attack and the big dog just acted like a normal dog.
And yes, some of those "discussions" have been here on Dogster.
But what you describe you dogs as doing is normal behavior, the behavior of dogs who have been well socialized and have experience with dogs of a wide range of sizes.
We also expect a lot of dogs, in that no other species has the incredible range of size, shape, and appearance that dogs have. That's why dogs who have no problem recognizing small dogs as dogs if they meet them, can make mistakes about fast-moving small dogs at a distance--which can result in tragedies in which no one is really at fault. I'll take Addy into the "big dog" part of the dog park, if there is no one in the small dog section--depending on the mix of dogs currently there. There are some dogs I absolutely avoid. Dora, though, is so small that mistakes are just too easy--and there's a sweet but clumsy Saint who could hurt small dogs without even intending to, because of his size and clumsiness, not because he mistook the dog for not-a-dog.
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