|Barked: Mon Apr 15, '13 5:55pm PST |
|I don't believe you were at fault - no. Dexter was under vocal control at all times, especially if you could call him off a chase. I do feel he was reacting to his fear and took it out on you - not ideal, but not something I'd be entirely concerned about either. His dog should clearly not be off leash.
That said... I've had something somewhat similar happen to me before. Someone else was in the wrong and they took it out on me because they were upset. Two Rottweiler mixes jumped my family dog, Regan(Rottweiler), and began attacking her at a local off leash park. One of them had a ball in her mouth, and Regan went to sniff her behind and say hello. The dog snarled, the second dog jumped in and they both attacked Regan for trying to say hi. I was the only one trying to break up the fight and when I managed to get the other dogs away from Regan(who had cowered and was shaking and never once fought back), the owners continued walking, saying "It wasn't OUR dogs fault." Right... Because you bringing your (obviously)toy possessive dog to an off leash park didn't just start a fight where one could have been prevented. Regan never once went near the face of the other dog or the toy - she wasn't interested in toys. Luckily, my dog was fine and I managed to break it up without getting bit or injured(amazing with two strange large breed dogs attacking your own as you try to pull them off).
I was fuming when I left. I leashed up Regan and left immediately. I didn't want to run into them again and she was frightened and pumped from the attack, so I didn't want anything else to come of it either. Felt it best to walk it off and go home. She was fine and there were no lasting effects, but all the same.
They reacted to it by blaming someone else, and getting mad at me for daring to bring my so-called 'aggressive' dog to the park too.
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