|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 3:50pm PST |
|Like Jax said, the best advice i've received is from people here on Dogster actually. Helped me understand Missy's behaviour in greater detail.
The worst advice i ever received with Missy was from a regular walking companion, a guy in his late sixties/early seventies. He'd had dogs all his life and was in most respects much more experienced than my 16 year old self at the time. He knew of Missy's issues, i'd told him all about her behaviour, he'd witnessed her aggressive displays for himself. But Missy was fine with his dog ( had known him since she was a pup ). Anyway, one day, when approaching another bunch of regular walkers, he and a couple of others persuaded me to let Missy off lead! I was hesitant, i told them i didn't trust her, but being so young i was backed into feeling maybe i didn't know what i was talking about. The other walkers just might be right in what they was saying, that Missy would snap a few times but being dogs they'd all work it out for themselves. So, i let her go. I'm sure you know what happened after. Yep, all hell broke loose! Missy beelined her half sister and just ploughed straight into her. Lots of screaming, lots of noise and initially everyone is telling me still that they'll work it out!! A few seconds later, which felt like an eternity, there was no let up and we had to intervene. I pulled Missy off the other dog by the fur on her back! Of course while i was apologizing profusely to the other owner she couldn't really say much because she'd encouraged me to let her off too! It was one of those moments where it's evident even 16 year olds can and DO know more than their elders, especially when it comes to their own dog No one ever asked me to let her off again and i also learnt a valuable lesson to always stick to my guns and not to trust that others know what's best for my dog.
Edited by author Tue Nov 27, '12 3:53pm PST
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