|Barked: Sat Dec 15, '12 10:16am PST |
|In the off season, there is a beach that I take Dar that gets TONS of off leash dogs and horses. There is usually about ten horses every time we go. 90% of the dogs that see the horses will bark and pull at their leashes trying to chase. For some owners that didn't get their dogs in time, the dogs DID chase (The worst part is that the rider just kept cantering and yelling at the owner, making the dog want to chase MORE...). Attacking aside, this dog did what a normal dog would do. The attacking I believe was a breed thing. Aren't terriers bred to be fearless hunters? I don't blame the mounted policeman/horse at all (like the article does), but I don't think it should be a death sentence to the dog either.
I love horses and would love to have been an avid rider, but at least in my area I feel like the riders feel pretty entitled. I understand I have the predator, but it is a little annoying when a rider gallops her horse through the water and expects all the dogs playing in the water to move out of the way. I sat down with Dar once to watch a group of horses a little bit a way so he could get used to them, see what the heck these creatures are. The group of riders decided it would be a good idea to run circles around us....UMM what? Honestly, it was an AMAZING learning opportunity for D'artagnan, but are you kidding me? How is it a good idea to tease a dog like that? even a 15lb one?
I understand the recall thing, but I think it is very rare to have one hundred percent recall. Obviously this owner and dog need more training. But while Dar's recall is about 90%, when he is super focused, he doesn't even hear me. I mean isn't why we say beagles and greyhounds and such should never be off leash? because they get so super focused a bomb could go off and it wouldn't faze them? I just think that never having seen a horse before this dog might have done the same thing even with a previous 99% recall rate. He just fell into instinct and ignored everything else.
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