|Barked: Wed Oct 23, '13 5:27pm PST |
|Hi, I just came back from the dog beach and ran into this thread and forum thru Google search. My three year old Doberman is intact. He ignores other dogs 90% of the time and when he does not it is just a sniff of the parts and then he moves one. In those rare occasions when he does not move on, one "leave it" from me is enough to send him his way.
He gets attacked by both whole and intact males a lot. Since he rarely goes too far from me I am always right there to separate the fight. Interestingly enough the owners of dogs that start the fight are almost never near nor are the keeping an eye on their dog.
He is very energetic, gets walked in the morning and we go to dog beaches since he was 13 weeks old 3-4 times a week. He is mellow character but really athletic, loves to chase ball and birds but NEVER other dogs. He is ok with being chased as long as the dog is not jumping at his neck with intention to nip.
Today I walked in to the fenced part of dog beach together with the owner of neutered Great Dane, dog immediately put his head on my dogs shoulders and started growling. Owner kept walking ahead without turning to see what is happening. I verbally expressed that it all ok and my dog did not react to the domination game. After 20 mins my dog who was fetching the ball the whole time was just running along the beach when a young neutered Rhodesian Ridgeback approached him and instantly went after my dog. I verbally separated it by telling my do to "leave it" and he did. Owner was way in front of his dog and had no clue what has happened. I apologized and pet his dog as I hate when fight happen, it is so very stressful for all!
Right there was the guys with his Great Dane, he grabbed his dog and walked by me. My dog heels on command so he just walked by like that completely ignoring the other dog. I thanked the owner as I thought that was a nice thing to do, recognize that his dog might provoke another fight.
As I walked toward the exit out paths crossed again, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Great Dane owners with their dogs; RR owner grabbed his dog and put him between his legs. That made my dog get curious and he started to walk over there and I saw that the owner was panicking that there is going to be another fight. I called my dog back and that was the end of it. Great Dane owner made a comment how my dogs makes other owners grab their dogs. My dog had a tennis ball in his mouth and was just going about his happy business. The GD owner went and asked me if I know that I could be liable if my dog injures another dog. I responded affirmatively and let it go. I got home and have a need to ask for an advice. I am in San Diego and there is no regulations about neutering males here. My dogs is very well trained and extremely well and constantly socialized I just do not know how to make him submit when attacked by neutered dog whose owner has no clue what is going on (irony). Thank you for your comments, I read the whole thread and still haven’t found a good piece of advice. I feel that other owners do not recognize that situation could escalate and are then blaming me and my dog, actually his bread. I find that very offensive and ignorant. I am willing to neuter my dog but I am not sure if that will help as he has ABSOLUTELY NO interest in any dogs, male, female or puppies. He NEVER injured another dog in a fight as fight last only couple of seconds.
Thank you for your advice in advance!
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