I am shocked at what i'm reading. I guess i didn't realize that this happened so often. I do not live in a neighboorhood and therefore do not take my poms for regular walks(we just run around the yard instead) I have too many to walk anyways but to get to the point I would not hesitate to physically injure in anyway possible a dog of any size or breed that was attacking any of my dogs. I only weigh 105 pounds so a big dog could easily outweigh me, but if it really came down to it and a big dog grabbed one of my poms i would be beating it with my fists screaming at it until it dropped my baby. If that didn't work i don't know what i would do but most dogs repsond very quickly to being hit by a human so i'm betting at least most would become very offended and run away.
There is no reason you can't defend yourself and your dogs with any means available to you. Maybe i'm just a freak but i would kill for my dogs if it really became necessary to save their lives.
I don't worry as much about the dog I see, it's the ones that sneek up from behind that scare me. One bite and a shake and we have a dog with a broken neck, back or a punchered lung. This could happen even if the large dog was just playing. I suppose my dogs could be ankle biters to large breeds, but they aren't out off leash and ankle biting isn't life threatning. If my dog was running loose and went up to a large dog and bit it, then got hurt, that would be my fault. If my dog is on a leash and with me we shouldn't have to feel scared, but we do.
Very true about dogs off leash that come from out of no where, it is so obvious and almost too simple that if you have a dog that cannot be trusted with other dogs, get it some serious social training or NEVER let it be around other dogs. Even if it's leashed, it could still get away from you or get closer thanplanned to another dog. It's like taking a loaded gun out in public, very irresponsible and should be illegal!!
You are right that this can be a problem no matter what the size of dog. You don't want your big dog to be attacked either.
My little ones like other dogs but I want to go on a case by case basis. I have let them sniff Pit Bulls if the dog is good and mine are not overly excited. Sometimes, with an excited Min Pin, you cannot let them close if the dog is not very tolerant.
Georgie knows no enemies and thinks they are all her buddies. Jackson likes other dogs but does not take kindly to be charged at or pounced on by a dog his size or especially more than 10 times his size.
Max has never been to a dog park. Seeing as he's a 7lb Pomeranian, I would like to find a nice one around my area. So, I'm still researching it. However, we have a neighbor down the street that owns a large boxer, and a chi. They look so cute together sitting at the door, but the Boxer is always off leash and sometimes sitting in front of the door when the owners are inside, or out. I don't think Roxy (boxer) is aggressive, merely protective of her family and the little chi. So, walking Max and Roxy is walking toward us.. I got a little scared and one of the kids who lives there who is 15 was just standing there. I love dogs, but big dogs intimidate me sometimes, so I was like Um can you get your dog please? And he was like "just pick up your dog damnit". And then he finally came and got his dog. What would have happened if Max was still on the floor? I don't want to know, but people should keep a better eye on their dogs, big, or small. Just my opinion.
I have a 7 month old puggle and I decided to let him play wth my landlords 3 year old German Shepeard yesterday - at first they were sniffing each other - they were kind of tense - but then the German Shepeard charged my puppy and started chasing him around the yard and growling and barking - I don't know if this is how bigger dogs play or if he was really trying to attack my puppy [mind you they were on the German Shepards territory]
sidebar: The landlord keeps his German Shepeard in the area right outside my apartment so there is no way to go in or out with out passing him - I would love for the puppy and the German Shepeard to play nicely so that they can get excercise and be social - but either way they have to be able to co-exsist because of where we live.
Without knowing the dog and seeing it, it would be hard to tell. The dog was probably overexcited and playing. I would get them used to each other by walking together before letting them loose together. I would also want to know more about how that dog gets along with other dogs, especially since it is so much bigger.
It is always best to introduce dogs outside of their own territory so there are no territorial issues.
Read up on doggie language. I do know that a straight rigid tail, hair raised and/or snarling are not good signs. Good luck. You may want to start your own topic on this and see what kind of answers you get.
my dog is relatively small compared to larger dogs.. maybe 22lbs, 25 at most. he can't really hurt the wee ones at the dog park, but he does get roughed up sometimes by the big dogs when they play.
honestly, i like going to the dog park. i know a lot of people don't, but because my dog likes to play chase with other dogs and likes interacting with them, i like bringing kuma because the park is a readily available means of socialization.
generally, people know their dogs enough to not bring them to the run if they know the dog's gonna be aggressive or way too rough. but sometimes you'll get the really really stupid people that just think their dog is playing when it's obvious that the playing is just too rough or almost aggressive.
trust me, i give those dogs and their owners PLENTY of benefit of the doubt when the dogs behave that way, sometimes to the point where other dog owners come up to me and ask why i'm not doing anything. but if the play is continually too rough and the dog's owner is just standing there in amusement, i'll go over and bring my own dog over for a "time out". usually, the other dog's owner gets the idea and feels badly and pulls their dog away too. but sometimes people have the nerve to come up to me, indignantly, and tell me that our dogs were "only trying to be friends". honestly, it's not really a dog's fault; it's the owner's fault for not being aware.
Its not just the small dogs that get attacked. I had a neighbor with 3 boston terriers. Everytime i broght my mix out the bostons would come over and try and attack him. My dog weighed about 50lbs and i would have to pick him up to prevent him from hurting them.
With larger dogs on walks i find the easiest way to control them is to stand over them with thier shoulders between your legs and to grab hold of their collar high up on thier neck. That way you have control over your dogs head, and your not tearing up your back.