I just need to vent for a minute about what happened at the dog park today.
I took my dogs, as usual, to the city dog park. They both love other dogs and to run. About an hour after we got there this couple brings a pitbull into the side of the park we were in. This was fine by me because my two love other dogs and I don't care about breed as long as it is well trained. As soon as they let their dog (UN-neutered, male pitbull) off leash he takes after my fixed, medium sized female poodle mix. He would not leave her alone and she was scared so she crawled under the bench I was sitting on. This was an escape for a couple minutes and he crawled under after her. When he got the chance he would literally stand over top of her and wrap his paws around the front of her; this made her squeal a couple of times either out of fear or it could have been hurting her. We were about ready to leave anyhow, so I started walking to the gate and Daisy stayed beside me so close that she was touching my leg. He continued to try to get on top of her. All of a sudden Daisy just flipped. She broke into a snarl and bit at him. She has NEVER** shown any sort of aggression towards any dog, so I knew she was at the end of her rope. Thank God he only had one thing on his mind with her. Now his owners were just sitting about 10-15 feet away. They didn't do anything to try to stop their dog from his behavior, but when Daisy turned and snapped they had the nerve to say that I better get control of my dog. I screamed back at them you better get yours fixed and I made it to the gate to leave. What upsets me the most is that these people didn't even try to get their dog to stop. Daisy was terrified of it because he was hurting her, but they never even tried to stop him. I know Daisy's reaction was unfavorable, but what else was she supposed to do? She was already glued to my leg. Lifting her really isn't an option for me so I couldn't help her aside from getting to the gate. This sounds like a long story but it really happened in a matter of 5 minutes or so. Should I be concerned about Daisy's reaction? Is there anything I should do to help her recover from it? This seriously is the absolute only time she has ever turned on a dog. We've had her since she was 8 weeks old and she is now 2 1/2. (**Had to make one correction--Daisy did get in a fight with a dog we adopted a while back, but she was attacked and had to defend herself.)
***Edited By: purpledog0385 on 7/28/2009 10:10:07 PM*** Reason: made a correction
We are always at the dog park too. And our dogs aren't socalized but they aren't aggressive, they just won't play with other dogs, just sniff then walk away. That kinda thing. And what happened today to you always happens at the dog parks usually not to us. I don't get mad at the dogs for defending themselves, I'm kinda glad they do. And Suzie is the most "fierce" when they get in her face, she tells them how it is, and since she is only a small Shih Tzu, I'm glad when she sticks up for herself. And I have realized that half the dogs at the dog park are not visibly fixed, and that makes me mad, and people don't control their dogs.
Shelties: Not enough words to describe how much I love them.
If your dog didn't react to that harassing pit bull then I would think that there was something wrong with your dog! Those owners are clearly irresponsible and don't know how to control their dog. They don't even know that they should NEUTER him! There is NOTHING wrong with your dog! It took a lot to make her react. She was in every way right to snap at him!
Your dog did nothing that any dog would not be expected to do at that point.
They should have corrected and gotten control of their dog the moment he began his behavior. Obviously they are not intelligent trainers, and with a pit to boot, lovely.
Your dog did well taking it as long as she did. Most any dog will have finally had enough and either snarl out of anger or fear if they feel as though they cant get away. I would not worry about her reaction at all.
I wouldn't have let it get that far, I would have said something to the owners of the pit, and if they did nothing I would have left. That dog could have turned on her when she snapped, it was a very dangerous situation.
this is why I don't like dog parks, they are just way to dangerous.
I'm not trying to pick on you at all (nice to see you btw), but I agree with Illusions, I would've told them to get ahold of their [freakin] dog way before things escaltated. I don't think your dog overreacted at all. I don't even like the idea of dog park myself, but I'm not a city girl. I much prefer having dogs (1 or 2) I know come over to play with my dogs, or I take them to a friend/family member's house. I realize this isn't an option for everyone, especially apartment dwellers.
I also agree with LPN, these people are a danger to the breed and the public. If you own a "dangerous" breed, you have to be above reproach.
In hindsight I know I could have reacted differently. I go to the park when I know it isn't going to be super busy because I don't always trust the people that are out there. I am used to living on a farm and these two are actually the first dogs I've had in town. We don't always go the park, we go for walks, they have a fenced in backyard, but sometimes there is nothing that satisfies them but running free in a 1.5 acre fenced in dog park. I am just glad that Daisy is fine. My husband and I have decided that from now on we will only take the dogs to the park when we both can go. Thanks for understanding.
We started to go to dog parks with our guy when he was about three months to get him socialized. It was a great experience initially. We were postponing having him neutered due to other medical issues and we wanted him to develop more before having that procedure. At about a year and a half we started to see some other males getting aggressive with him. He continued to play well with both males and females but the odd male would mount him and a few got nasty. We were then told by a dog walker that there was a city bylaw stating that uneutered males could not be off leash. We also risked having him hurt in a fight and then be blamed because he was unneutered. We stopped going to the parks. There are other ways to have him socialized without risking injury or just bad experiences with irresponsible owners. Daisy showed admirable restraint and reacted normally considering the amount of aggravation she endured.
that exact same thing happened to us last week at our dog park. we had been there for about 15 minutes when a couple showed up with what they said was a plott hound. he was a young dog roughly around 1 year old and un neutered. well poor scout was the target for this guys affection and even though she was laying down under the picninc table he still was able to get to her. the hounds owner kept coming over and pulling his dog off her but each time he let his dogs collar go he was right back at it. i warned the guy that as docile as scout is there is one thing in this world that she hates and will not tolerate for long and that is being humped. i even made a few jokes about the dogs testicles getting him into trouble. well scout reached her point and went after the pup. she didn't hurt him at all but she let him know he was to stop or die trying it again.
the owner then got his dog,leashed him up and stood with him halfway across the park. the poor lady that was sitting at the table with me i think was a little frightened because the two went at it right at our feet. when the guy took his dog away she turned to me and commented on how laid back i was. i told her that scout was the most docile, tolerant, creature on earth and that even though she hated being humped i knew with no uncertainty that she would only go as far as to warn the dog off and nothing more so there really was no need for me to get all uptight.
damn if that guy didn't let his dog off the leash about a 1/2 hour later and he made a beeline back to scout !!!!!!! at that point they gathered up their other dog and left for the day lol.