or things may have been real ugly today. I found myself having an unexpected free day today from dh and my son. so i decided to take the dogs for a hike on the trails by me, for some mommy bonding time lol.
salty despises other dogs so i am always scoping out the trails and the woods so i can be on top of things should someone come along with their dog. if i see someone with a dog approaching we veer off the trail and go into the woods about 20 feet or so. the flexis are 16 feet long so i usually walk them further then that so if my finger slips off the stop button on the lead they still cannot get out far enough to the other dog(s).
so as we were walking i saw way up ahead a guy riding his bike with a dog running alongside him. from as far away as we were i couldnt tell if the dog was on a leash or attached to the bike, or running free. so i moved the girls off the path into the woods and waited for the guy and his dog to pass. as they approached i saw the doberman was not on a leash. next thing i know the dog is headed straight for us at lightening speed. boy that dog was FAST ! the only thought in my head was OH SH*T !! apparently i had actually spoken it too, and quite loudly because as salty starts growling and flipping out at this dog the guy called his dog back to him. that doberman stopped completely on a dime and turned right around and went back to his owner. i was amazed and extremely relieved that the dobe didn't think we were more interesting then listening to his owner. as the guy rode off on his bike with his dog in tow, he yelled out an apology.
so at that point, adrenaline running rampant through me, i decided it was time to go. we got back to the car and as i turned around to load the dogs into it who is behind me, 4 cars away, but the guy and his dobe. he must have realized what could have happened and how dumb it was to have his dog off a leash because the dog was now on a leash lol.
just have to say too that i feel so bad for scout. she so wanted to make friends with the dogs we saw but her older sister has to be such a witch to evreyone lol.
A dog is a dog and there is always something out there that will be more calling to the dog than the command of his owner so I do not take my dogs off property with out a lead.
With that said it does not suprise me. I am a little light on commanding my dogs at a dog show because I do want the adrenalin to peak in them at shows I do believe my female would have reacted the same way. My male however I don't trust. He listens when he wants and shouts me out when he wants as well.
Thank goodness for that! We had a neighbor at our old house who had a Doberman off leash always. Not once did I ever see him on a leash. He always stayed near his house and right next to his owner while he washed his truck in the street. Funny thing is, whenever someone came along walking their dog, he would say "house" and the dog would walk up onto the porch and sit there until they passed. As soon as they would cross the street, he would come back down. I was always so amazed.
it just about did wiley lol. the dog wasnt rushing at us aggressively at all but that wouldnt have mattered had she actually gotten to us.
renorey my guys that i have now are always on a leash. they are too independent minded to be reliable. my old dog though i never had to use a leash for. he was 100 percent no question about it reliable off lead. he was too much of a momma's boy to have ever run off or not listen to me. god forbid he ran up a little too far and couldnt see me, he would either stop dead til i caught up or run back to get me. it was really a joy to have a dog like that. i sometimes think he had more fun on our hikes then the girls do now being on a leash. he was one in a million in that respect and i know i will never have another dog like him again . tho the last 2 of his 15 years he spent on a leash as his hearing started to go and he became a bit senile, so for his safety he had to be on a leash.