|Barked: Sun Sep 1, '13 4:29pm PST |
|How would you go about expressing your concerns to a handler in this situation?
My style in something like this is to be blunt and, if necessary, brutal with my honesty but I don't want her to dismiss me as a *witch* and something bad happens due to the dog.
Woman lives up the street. Has a large Irish Wolfhound mix that is 4 years old, maybe 5. Have known this dog since he was a puppy and he is one of the worst behaved dogs in the area.
She has MS and a month or so ago, she told several of us that the dog is her SD. Then she said "assistance dog" because "they" changed the legal definition.
His task is to pick her up when she falls down.
99% of the time, she has fallen down because the dog has pulled her down.
And he doesn't stick around to pick her up, he's running around or chasing someone's pet or harassing a passerby and has to be caught by someone else.
She has had several broken bones this year and she always has skinned or freshly bloodied knees from him pulling her down.
The week before, he ripped the leash out of her hand to attack someone's cat. He actually had the cat in his mouth.
5 or 6 days later, he ripped the leash out of her hand again to enter onto private property to chase another cat. The only reason he didn't get that cat is because we got him slowed down enough that the cat was able to run through a hole in the fence next to our house a split second before the dog got to the hole.
She doesn't feel the attacks on cats are a problem because he's a dog and dogs chase cats.
Animal control could deem his to be an aggressive dog because it is against the law in this county for a dog to go off its property and attack another animal but she says that can't happen because they were just cats outside.
I've seen him so out of control when seeing another dog that he was rearing and lunging on his Gentle Leader and barking and growling at the other dog.
He pulled her down last year and jumped a friend's dog that is fear reactive to dogs larger than her.
The reaction to other dogs is not a problem according to her because he "just wants to say hi."
A few days ago, she told a neighbor she just had someone come to her house to "certify" him as an SD so she can take him on airline flights.
If we are out, she always wants to stop by so he can say hi to Chance.
He isn't allowed to play with Chance because he is a bully. Chest bumps to try to knock other dogs over, jumping up onto the back, etc.
He hasn't been by since the last cat attack but we don't want her bringing him anywhere near Chance in case she loses control of him yet again.
I don't want to witness him attacking a cat or small dog that is in a bad place at a bad time.
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