Dealing With Off-Leash Dogs

There are many reasons why your dog may not like being rushed by an off-leash dog when he’s on leash. Off-leash dogs are, obviously, the bane of many of my reactive clients’ existence, but senior dogs; those recovering from surgery, illness, or injuries; shy pups and fearful dogs may also find the attention of off-leash dogs upsetting or overwhelming. Even friendly dogs may not appreciate interacting with another dog in such a socially unequal situation – leashes can cause a lot of issues.

Photo by Chriss

Photo by Chriss

So, what can you do if you get rushed by an off-leash dog? First of all, know that it is always okay to protect your dog. Most urban and suburban environments have leash laws, and if your dog is on a leash you are right in keeping your dog safe. You are also completely within your rights to report off-leash dogs to your local authorities. Not only can an off-leash dog pose a threat to you or your dog, but they are also at personal risk from vehicles and other dangers. Even those who live in the country should control their dogs, and if a neighbor’s dog or unknown stray shows up on your property and harasses you or your dog you can and should take measures to discourage him.

The first thing to do if you notice an off-leash dog coming towards you is to evaluate the situation to see if the owner is nearby. If they are, tell them to call their dog. Many people will respond by telling you that their dog is “friendly,” but regardless of their dog’s behavior, if their dog is not under their control and is upsetting you or your dog, it is a problem. Some people have found success in these situations by responding that their leashed dog is not friendly, is shy, is in training, or just doesn’t want to say “hi,” but the most effective phrase I’ve heard of if you want to inspire the owner to collect their dog immediately is to loudly yell “my dog is contagious!”. While I don’t generally condone lying, if it will keep the situation from escalating further you may find that this is a case where it’s worthwhile.

If the owner is unable or unwilling to collect their dog or if there’s no owner in sight, you can choose whether to let that dog meet your dog. Some people only intervene if the loose dog appears to be aggressive and allow friendly-appearing dogs to approach, while others of us do not let any unknown loose dog meet our on-leash pups. Dogs who may appear friendly at first can sometimes become aggressive during the greeting sniff, or may injure your dog by bowling into them or jumping on them. Even my very dog social, friendly pup is not exposed to loose dogs, because I don’t think it’s a fair situation to put her in. Instead, I always intervene and teach my dogs that I will deal with loose dogs so that they do not have to.

So, how can you stop a dog that’s charging you? There are several different strategies, and I choose the method I think will work best for each individual situation. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

The gentlest way to discourage visiting is to give the loose dog something better to do. Dogs who seem happy and bubbly are often easily stopped by asking them to “sit.” If the dog complies, you can toss a handful of treats to him and make your escape while he’s vacuuming them up. Even if he doesn’t listen, a handful of treats can be tossed at his face (with the intent to startle, not hurt). When he stops to see what hit him, he’ll realize that there’s food on the ground and devote his attention to eating instead of rushing your dog. This method has worked really well for a few overly-exuberant Labs and Pit Bulls in my neighborhood. It doesn’t stop them from approaching in the future, but it’s the kindest way to give your dog space without the potential fallout that more forceful methods may cause.

If the above ideas don’t work or aren’t possible (perhaps you are out of treats, have a dog who guards food, or feel fairly confident that the oncoming dog won’t be dissuaded), try to startle the loose dog. Step in between your dog and the oncoming dog and use a body block. Square your shoulders and hips, and hold your hand out like a cop stopping traffic while saying “No,” “Stop,” or “Stay” in a firm, low voice. Alternatively, you could carry an umbrella with you and open it in the direction of the rushing dog, which will both startle him and provide a physical and visual barrier. One of my clients painted large eyes on her umbrella, which would pop open explosively at the push of a button. This so startled an aggressive Puggle in her neighborhood that he never again went after her dog.

One easy way to keep loose dogs away is to use a spray product if they come close. Spray Shield is a citronella product manufactured by Premier/PetSafe. It is aversive to most dogs without actually harming them, and can be sprayed directly at an oncoming dog. I carry this product with on walks and use it to keep especially determined dogs (including those who mean to attack my dog) back. Some people have also reported success using compressed air in this same way. Spray Shield has the added benefit of working to stop some dog fights, so if things do get out of hand you have a safer way to break up a fight than trying to forcibly remove one of the combatants.

In addition to having a plan dealing for loose dogs, it’s important to know what not to do. Whatever you do, don’t use pepper spray. Not only can pain make some dogs more aggressive, but if the wind gusts the wrong way the spray could end up getting into your or your dog’s face and eyes, leaving you incapacitated with an unknown dog rushing you. Not a good situation to be in! Running away is also generally not advised, as it will just encourage most dogs to chase you. Picking your dog up is usually not a good idea, although in some situations you may decide it’s a calculated risk you’re willing to take. Doing so may put you at greater risk and can intensify the off-leash dog’s interest in your pup.

While cases of truly aggressive dogs intent on bodily harm are rare, they do happen. If your small dog is rushed by an aggressive off-leash dog, you may be able to pick him up and toss him somewhere safer, such as in a nearby garbage can, inside a fenced yard, in the bed of a truck, or on the roof of a car. You can also take advantage of some of these safety options for yourself. If you have a bigger dog or if no other options are available, you may need to assess whether your dog would be safer if you dropped the leash so that he can try to get away from the other dog or defend himself. If the loose dog redirects on you (which is rare, but does happen), protect your head and neck. Spray Shield will stop all but the most aggressive dogs, and generally these dogs are only stopped by physically separating them from their victim. One of my clients carries a walking stick on outings after one of her small dogs was killed by a much larger dog who jumped his fence. While the stick may not have saved her dog, it makes her feel more comfortable to have something that she could use to keep an aggressive dog back.

While no single method will work in every case, the more tools you have in your toolbox, the better able you’ll be to protect your dog. Remember that it is always okay to stand up for your dog. After I sprayed an aggressive Shepherd who was charging Layla off-leash, Layla’s reactivity towards other dogs on walks actually decreased significantly. Instead of snarling and lunging at other dogs, she began to put herself behind me when she was charged by an off-leash dog, trusting me to deal with the situation.

If you have a dog who is usually trustworthy off-leash, make sure that your dog’s freedom does not negatively impact others. If your dog is likely to rush other dogs, please keep him on a leash or behind a secure fence. Not only could your dog be bitten if he rushes the wrong dog, but he could also be hurt by traffic or by a frightened owner defending their dog. It’s just not worth the risk.

Have you or your dog ever been rushed by an off-leash dog? How do you handle this situation? Please share your stories, tips, and questions in the comments below!

163 responses to “Dealing With Off-Leash Dogs

  1. My leashed large dog and I were walking and a smaller off leash dog ran off her property and attacked my dog. I dropped the leash and got them apart. My dog was only defending herself. The smaller dog had damage and had to go to the vet. Who is at fault? The owner approached and verbally attacked me a week later and verbal abused me. What are my rights?

  2. It is the responsibility of the owner of the unleashed dog

  3. Just was walking my 4 dogs down our road all on leashes, and a pittbull ran out from his yard at us and scared the sh** out of me! I was so scared more so for my dogs!!! I yelled and cussed and no one came to help so u kept my dogs as close to me as possible, holding still and kicked at the dog to go!!! I should of went back home not thinking and so to get home I had to go through the same thing! This is not the first time! He wanted to attack but he seemed afraid as I was kicking at him!

  4. I got the sweetest mild-mannered lab from the shelter. Six months later, she was attacked by a new neighbor’s loose dog. The dog drew blood before he was called off; the wound was superficial; damage to the psyche is what we’re dealing with now. She is fearful of every dog she encounters and lunges and growls at them. Currently I have her in a training class just for exposure to “safe” dogs but, so far, these are no fun for either of us.

  5. My. Neighbors dog is all ways attacking my dog there dog never had a leash the dog is not raged nor has his shots animal control is not oppen today what can i do

  6. I’m glad I found this article and will certainly try some of these methods with my pup, Porter. Porter is a great dane and one of my main concerns is getting him to sit and stay behind me in situations like this, considering he weighs more than me this can be difficult as a good lunge from him can give me quite the yank. We’ve been rushed by unleashed dogs several times and I feel like neither of us know what to do. I wonder if dropping the leash and letting him defend himself is my best bet, but then I worry that he would chase the dog in his heightened aggression.

    The first time it happened he actually got bit and ran into me (he’s mostly a giant baby). Unfortunately, the more it happens, the more aggressive he is towards approaching dogs, even friendly neighbor ones that he’s interacted with in the past and now other leashed dogs that walk too close. He normally doesn’t lunge, but he certainly takes an aggressive stance. It’s anxiety producing for me and I imagine him as well. We’re working on sit and stay with treats when other dogs walk by.

    He seems to be a target for other dogs, I imagine because his size is intimidating, and even owners who have “friendly” dogs don’t realize that Porter’s size is scary for their pup. In most circumstances there are no pleasantries, we are simply charged by an unleashed dog. The most terrifying thing is that some of these dogs are much smaller and Porter has the advantage. I don’t want him hurting another dog, or worse biting a person (he is weird about men) in the process, but I also don’t want him to get hurt either.

  7. This was a very informative read. I haven’t walked my poor dog in 9 months due to having two negative “rushing” experiences…one with owner, one without, both equally as traumatizing for me. My dog, however, doesn’t seem phased. Thanks for your advice, going to give this a try once I work up the courage to go for that walk. Thanks!

  8. Wow. Let me add my horror story. I was walking my 2 rescue Greyhounds in my nice suburban neighborhood when a screen door burst open And a snarling German Shepherd launched at us. My pepper spray chased him off and we headed home, shaken. As I unlocked my homes door, a burly man ran up behind us. ” You sprayed my dog! I’ll f*** you up! ” I hustled my panicky pups inside but he stood out there yelling for my blood. Called 911. The police were familiar with this guy and his wild dog. They gave him a new fine to add to his pile of citations and told me to avoid that street….bottom line he was evicted by his landlord ( after strategic phone calls). So we also need protection from moronic owners!!

  9. Can you please advise me. My dog bit another dog? She was off the lead. The other dog came running towards my dog, my dog did not run towards the other dog. The owners of the other dog where a fair distance away. The other dog caught up to my dog and ran past her left shoulder. My dog bit the other on the bum. The other dog ended up going to the vet. I am prepared to pay half of the fees. I do feel that both us owners where at fault not just me. Because my dog didn’t go running up to the other dog bite it. The other dog came running up to her. I wouldn’t let my dog just go running up to another it doesn’t know! Her dog and mine should have been on leads. Should I be obliged to pay vet fees in full? Like I said I am prepared to pay half.

    • Did this bite happen on owners property…or is the public street? If is the street then yes it should be half because both were at fault. If in their yard then I have to say that unfortunately you would be at fault. If in your yard than it would be them that needs to take responsibility. Give me details and I may be able to help with some answers.

  10. Unfortunately this has been my life since we adopted our 2 month old dog 5 months ago. I always wanted a dog to walk with. However, other people who have their dogs off leash around our neighborhood are ruining the walks because they won’t pay attention. Our dog, Genji, is shy, and doesn’t care to meet other dogs, let alone have them run up to him full tilt when he’s still on the leash. If other folks can’t control their dogs off leash, they shouldn’t do it, period. The man today wouldn’t even call his dog, wouldn’t even hurry after him as the dog followed us away. It’s really a shame. I love the convenience of walking around our own neighborhood, but I may have to go to the lake park only which is much more monitored just to avoid the careless dog owners.

  11. I had a difficult time at the beginning walking my daughter’s dog, I felt very uncertain when off leash dogs approached my on leash dog, I always warn he owner of the dog about my dog not friendly with other dogs, I also mentioned about so many coyotes around, my dog doesn’t like others strange dogs sniffing her butt, so I always kept a distance from other dogs, once I had to use my air spray can to avoid two dogs running towards us, it worked really well. After meeting some people with dogs without the leash I made it very obvious I had a wooden stick and a spray can, now my dog and I feel more in control and less fearful. I never walk her without a safe device, especially after listening to some dogs experiences with a dog that attacked and bit 2 dogs in my neighborhood, they both ended at the vet’s office. I never leave home without some defense tool.

  12. can i leash my neighbors dog that is on my property and then bring it downtown to the dog officer?

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  14. Today I had to unfortunately call the police on a couple of highly entitled tech douchebags who roam the Bay Area (here in California). They had no problem having their giants Husky/ Malamute run around like crazy while they played frisbee without regard for anyone or anything else around them. Absolutely no respect or regard for the leash laws posted everywhere!!!

    They actually got incensed and cursed me out when I told him it was a public park and they were breaking the law. They told me to mind my own business. LOL. Absolutely ridiculous. Thank you for writing this. I have every intention of doing whatever it takes to protect me and my dogs from now on. Even if it means getting into verbal fisticuffs with completely oblivious assholes who don’t regard the safety of their dog or others.

  15. thebarkingdogcd

    Get one of those anti barking devices . I used it to stop my neighbors dogs from barking. I also found that it repels dogs also. It is a cd that you put into your computer or boombox and play it. Humans cant hear it but dogs can.. and they hate it!

    • You are punishing dogs instead of taking care of it by addressing it with your neighbor. Poor dogs are being hurt due to no fault of their own. Tell your neighbor the barking has to stop or you will use an antibarking device. At least that gives them a chance to take care of their dogs.

  16. Alfredo the man

    All dogs must be on a leashed on public spaces at all times! NO EXEMPTIONS!

  17. I am 18, a girl, and very fit. I was running by myself in my neighborhood when I came across a medium sized dog with no leash and no owner. Hoping to just run past the dog confronted me and sensing I was nervous lunged at my legs. I sprayed the dog in the face with the pepper spray I was carrying and ran for it. Another dog that wa a apparently with this dog started charging me and howling madly. I turned and yelled for it to stop holding the spray up as defense. The dog got the idea and backed off before anything happened. I feel bad for spraying the first dog but I didn’t know what else to do?

    • You did exactly the right thing. If this dog had attacked you and bit you and then disappeared you would be looking at rabies shots.

  18. Today I was walking my 4 pound chihuahua and bulldog down my street when 2 large unleashed dogs came running and barking towards us. I had nothing with me so I turned around hoping they would go back to there house but they kept running over. So I picked up my chihuahua In one arm but could barely hold on to my bulldog because he was pulling like crazy. Then when the 2 dogs approached my dog they were surrounding my bulldog and I was yelling trying to pull my dog away but my dog lunged at one and tried to snap. I was completely terrified having one dog in my arm and one 50 pound dog pulling my other arm and the 2 loose dogs were not getting my dogs corrections. I was yelling at the 2 dogs and I was pulling my dog up the street and they were following me home and I ran and picked up my bulldog best I could and threw them both inside my house then I remembered my other dog (a very old blind chihuahua) was outside doing her business so I had to race around my yard and find her before the other dogs could get to her and luckily she was right around the corner so I lifted her above my head while the big dogs were jumping to see her and ran inside. Ironically, those 2 dogs were owned by a veterinarian down the street who obviously couldn’t care less what happened with their dogs or anyone else’s. Luckily those dogs did not attack but my dog would have and I’m only 16 years old god knows I could break up a fight between 4 dogs. I can’t even take my dogs for walks anymore without driving 10 minutes to a trail. EVEN if your dog is friendly putting that burden on someone else trying to walk their pet is irresponsible and terrifying to the person walking them. Either teach your dog to stay on their property, get a fence, or leash them because who knows what could have happened if one thing went different. Thanks to people who do this I’m afraid to walk my dog and can’t even leave them on a leash outside without watching them.

  19. I have six dogs but will only walk one at a time for safety. I carry Halt and a Stun gun (small one). I have small dogs and my only concern is their protection. I honestly do not care if I hurt the other dog. Once an aggressive dog locks onto your dog, they will snap the neck and kill him. You do not have time to be kind. If they do engage the best thing to do is go behind the aggressive dog and pick up both his back legs. He will let go.
    If I see a dog off leash, I tell the owner in no uncertain terms they are breaking the law and will be reported.
    I have heard countless sad stories of injury and death. It will not happen to my dogs. They will be protected first and foremost.

  20. I took my leash aggressive/gate aggressive dog to the park yesterday to work on the issues… We walked to the play area to see who was all there, we didn’t go in due to Jazzy throwing her attitude at the gate.. I announced that I was going on the trail with her… (I am well known there, and Jazzy is well known)

    We hit the trail, and this woman let 6 dogs loose. I didn’t find out until we ran into the 2 dogs Jazzy snarled at while at the gate. My heard jumped in my mouth. I didn’t see any human to say “please get your dog, I have a leash aggressive dog here”… I didn’t want to let Jazzy loose cause I believe she would still go after these dogs, so I held her close. She snarled and I tried to keep her focused on me. These dogs charged us, taunted her, then caught wind on a scent and ran down the trail.

    I just kept Jazzy moving, and quickly got out of the woods. I went back to the play area to find 6 of the dogs that were there gone. Still didn’t take her in, I just talked to the people through the fence who claimed to try to tell them to leash their dogs.

    Few seconds later 3 women come out of the woods with 2 dogs, then 2 more follow, all off leash… I said in a loud voice, I have a leash aggressive dog, please leash your dogs. I then put Jazzy between the gates until they got the dogs leashed, then i came back out. One of the women went back over to the woods where they came out and calling for 2 more dogs. I went down the hill some so Jazzy couldn’t react. When all dogs were in the fenced yard, another owner started arguing with them, so I didn’t say anything.

    A while later I took Jazzy into the second area with some of her friends. Some of the owners came over and talked to me about the situation stating that they were claiming dogs were in their site the entire time. I loudly stated that that is not the truth at all, if that was the truth why did the one women have to go retrieve the other two dogs after 4 of them were placed in the play area? A while later, one of the woman came over to talk to the owner I was standing there with. She looked at me and stated “we have met”, “I gave you my number”. With a very unimpressed response I stated “yes, and I an not against off leash… however you have to be in control of your dog at all times” Two of your dogs charged me and my dog on the path, and regardless if your dog is friendly, my dog is leash aggressive. There was no human for me to make that statement too. She quickly apologized. There was no incident so I didn’t want to drag it out in drama. But I will be more prepared next time. I do not want my dog fighting. I am working with her on this leash/gate aggression.

  21. My elderly dog was charged by an offleash dog while she was being walked. My dog did react to the dog along with a crazy frantic owner chasing behind it towards my old dog so my dog reacted and bit the dog when it got nose to nose with her. Wasn’t a big deal the guy got his dog and parted ways. 2 weeks later he come demanding money because he let his dogs wound get infected. 3 weeks later animal control at my door for a dog attack stating my dog was off leash in his yard tried attacking his kid and their dog stepped in and got bit. 4 weeks later now being charged w harboring a dangerous dog. No one has ever even spoke to me about what really happened. I showed proof of rabies etc and never heard anything until now This is crazy this can happen to incident dogs. Some people lose their dogs over lies as such.

  22. Hi ! what happens if a dog without any leash runs and jumps on a neighbor with alergy in an apartment and scares them terribly ? Can the person lawsue the dog owner or building managem?

  23. Unfortunately, I am encountering this problem more and more often. It seems that people are unconcerned about the well-being of others, who are walking their dogs on leash. So far, there have been no major fights, but I sure do get scared. When I ask politely to get their dog on leash, often the response is for me to calm down and that there’s nothing wrong. Really? Nothing wrong with breaking the law and scaring your neighbors? I have concluded that there is no reasoning with people who are this disrespectful. I have a number of tools I will use, but I’m so frustrated with this ongoing problem, as my walks with my beautiful golden retriever are meant to be a very peaceful time for us. Being on the lookout for off-leash dogs and then being accused of being hysterical, is not exactly a fun walk in the park. Today I called animal services and hopefully they will start patrolling the area. Thank you for all of the suggestions, and it is helpful to read other posts.

  24. Thank you for the informative article, I do not have a dog due to my sons sever allergies, however we have encountered an owner in the neighborhood recently who refuses to leash her sharpei. Last night on a walk down the beach with my boys (3 & 6) the dog for the second time in a week charged us. The owner has no obedience training and just waved and yelled she was “friendly” I body blocked the dog but it managed to run over my 3 yr. old before I could reach him. He was terrified, she finally cornered the dog and reprimanded ME for letting my kids try to run away. I wanted to find a way to stop this in the future; its not the dogs fault that the owner is irresponsible so thank you for the recommendations.

    • People who let their dogs run off leash are a bane to our neighborhoods. A Sharpei is an aggressive dog. I am glad something worse didn’t happen to you. When we lived in an apartment while our house was being built I had to walk my dogs five times a day, usually in a park. So many times off leash owners would shout at me “don’t worry, he’s friendly”. I finally just said, well my terriers are not. If your off leash dog comes running up to us, expect a fight. Other people in the neighborhood said they had stop walking altogether to avoid altercations. The crazy things is, the owners who let the dogs run wild act so offended when you say something about keeping their dog on a leash.

  25. Please please keep your dog leashed always.
    Even if you think he is “reliable”, dogs don’t have perfect impulse control.
    In the first place, its the law.
    That’s why even the best trained canine units (like police and military) ALWAYS have dogs leashed.
    I am older and have PTSD, so its pretty much a given that your large, aggressive breed dog IS going to charge me.
    I NEED to walk and be outdoors for health. So I’m NOT going to be bullied off the streets by selfish off-leashers that have no regard for others.
    Im a small woman who cannot defend herself by fighting fair. However if i am attacked i WILL defend myself by any means necessary, and the law WILL be on my side.
    If he charges me, i Will be the last person he is physically able to attack. You will have some major vet bills which i will not pay.
    That is just what i HAVE to do to be safe.
    There are a large number of ex-para military who are this way and you never know who they might be. Athough i dont want to hurt your dog, his well being does NOT come ahead of mine.
    So please obey the law and leash your dog. Respect others rights. Your dog’s aggression is NOT “cute” or funny.

  26. Don’t listen to these nutcases. Carry a weapon and kill that charging dog so it no longer poses a threat to any humans in the area. That’s what I do.

  27. Recently, in my very nice neighborhood, a medical doctor’s pit bull rushed out …quietly…no growling or barking…and so blindsided an owner and his dog, immediately killing the dog, and then running back inside his (opened) fence. Without a sound. No time to react. No time for sprays or anything. Pits are so dangerous and do account for a greater proportion of human and dog deaths and dangerous bites (this is a Fact), because they are bred to kill, silently and quickly with little warning. I know our local ASPCA tries to get these dogs adopted, but it is a breed that very few owners are responsible and intelligent enough to adopt or control. And, the social factor in play is that people want Pit Bulls for that very bad reason. As a pseudo-weapon. So, for genetic, breeding and social factors there are strong, science-based reasons for bred-specific restrictions and more law enforcement involvement. Because, in the same few weeks, a different pit bull got into a neighbor’s locked yard and killed their cat. And, within the same WEEKS, another different pit bull attacked a friend, an owner and his boxer, killing the dog and putting the owner in the hospital. No penalties for these Violent Owners (it’s not the dog’s fault, but THEIRS!). So, Pit Bull’s owners are also rarely to be trusted. And, be careful defending yourself against dogs. I’m a not small man and got attacked by the owner of an aggressive dog for defending my dog. Touchy situations. (Pensacola FL; home of some very good military and ex-military, but also the home of a lot of macho puffery and bs, and a lot of immature ‘boys’ who think having a Pitty makes them tough). Case in point, local guy who keeps three pits chained up in his truck bed to be bad-ass ‘protect my truck’ and that’s animal cruelty. Bottom line: a lot of people who want Pitties for those reasons are abusive owners and so, again, the bred should be restricted to highly responsible, trained owners, if that.

  28. I am 65 yr old single senior woman with a sweet natured Vizsla, a sensitive and intuitive, and highly intelligent breed. We walk daily off leash away from others as
    much as possible as I live in a forested subdivision that has numerous trails on national forest land. We try to stay off the paths while off leash and walk off trail but sometimes that is not an option. He is well trained with excellent recall. He stays within my sight. He is not aggressive, nor is he even self defensive. . I am able to quickly leash him and move away sometimes. I have had to defend my dog more times than I can count. I have had many, many encounters with rude people and their large, untrained, out of control dogs off leash running towards us. He’s been attacked, rushed, bullied, knocked over ( with me). He’s been bitten. When we greet he stands quiet to be sniffed, etc. I have had to put myself in front of my dog and have been lucky to not have been bitten myself.
    Three pits and one Rottweiler once, out walking saw us and rushed at us, tails up growling encircled us and he just stood there. My dogs tail was totally tucked. I remained calm, hoping neither would start some thing as together they could have torn my dog to shreds and possibly turned on me. We were encircled and trapped. The owners, four young women finally showed up and just laughed and said they are fine. I told them their dogs scared us, and that it is not very kind to allow uncontrolled large dogs to rush at people like that. They just laughed and said “‘why-nothing happened, lady. laughing
    I just today got schooled by my neighbor who has a rescue giant breed mastiff/shepherds who was trained for prison work but failed. Now, this 95lb puppy is running into people, chasing children on their bike, and rushed me and my dog on leash this morning and he told me the dog just wants to play.
    I told him my dog doesn’t want to play rough like that, that he is not that kind of dog. He’s trained to be my helper and gentle natured. He is afraid of your dog because he is 3 times the size and out of control.
    He was very rude and laughed saying there just dogs for Christ’s sake.-
    “He just wants to play is all” he won’t bite him- he play bites, that’s all. “
    He didn’t bite him.
    He only put his mouth around your dogs head.
    We have been neighbors for 20 yrs and used to babysit his kids when they were little. But now that I’m old, and just want to live a quiet peaceful life and mind my own business. And walk my dog, can you not just help me out here and control your dog when you see us coming? Just until we pass? He’s a bit rough and out of control for me.
    But he just laughed
    SO sad what people have become.
    Why are people becoming so cruel?

    • @ Patti: You are not old!!! I just turned 60, we are in our prime. I totally hear you when you say you just want to walk in peace. Some people have to ruin it for everyone. It is not the dogs fault, it is the owners for letting them run wild. Merry Christmas!

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