mbc1963 Posted January 11, 2009 Report Share Posted January 11, 2009 About a week ago, it was snowing out at 5:30 a.m. I took Buddy down the street and around the corner. There's a black pug who lives down that way - he's generally tethered out in the front yard, and we just avoid him. (Buddy shows no desire to invade the other dog's space.) This particular day, the dog was out loose. I'm guessing the owner couldn't find the tether in the snow. So we were walking down the street, and suddenly this little black dog was standing a couple feet from us, staring dead in Buddy's eyes and growling at him. If you've never owned a reactive dog, let me tell you that this is the equivalent of a 98-lb weakling walking up to a gangsta and saying, "You're a sissy!" Buddy was OK, because the dog didn't get closer than a couple feet, but he was definitely on alert. I swear, it took me five minutes to get the little dog away - we would walk a bit, and he'd follow us, snuffing and snarling. So today it's snowing again (is it ever not snowing!?) and I took Buddy down that way. We didn't turn onto the street where the pug lived, because it hadn't been plowed yet. No sign of anyone being out and about. We walked down the other street a ways, and suddenly Buddy jumped and wheeled around, and I was in the middle of a snarling, snapping dog fight. All I can think is that the pug actually charged at us, running - neither I nor Buddy had any indication he was there until it was too late for me to prevent a fight. Snow is a great sound absorber. Buddy had the pug pinned pretty quickly - it looked like my boy was out for blood. I pulled him back, and the pug threw himself at Buddy again. At some point, I was able to get Buddy's collar and hold him back, but it still took a few minutes of "Git!" and "Go home!" and "Scram!" before the pug walked off, disgruntled. At that point, the owner came around the corner and called the dog back. What the...?! What doesn't a 14-lb dog understand about taking on a 43-lb dog? I'm nervous that Buddy's all hyped up about this dog now - that if he sees him again, it's going to be a pain in the neck to keep him calm and non-reactive. Yeesh! Mary Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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