My boy is about 9 months old now and one of his absolute favorite things to do is go to the dog park. He LOVES other dogs, despite what people say about the breed.
If there is anything about *my* dog that can be said to be "bad" about his behavior with other dogs it's that he's a trouble maker. He loves to run into a pack of running dogs, get them all chasing him and lead them all to run away from the stupid humans. He's like the kid who encourages other kids to cut class... which is bad but not the same as getting in fights.
However, lately here is what I have picked up on--
other people's dogs are NASTY. Often little dogs with bad manners, Koga will go to sniff their butts and they will turn, snarl and snap at him.
Koga isgreat about this. He just stops and waits to see what happens or at his worst he will run off and keep coming back to see if the dog will behave better (and yes, he is slightly teasing the dog), he has never retaliated with violence on another dog or even given a hint of retaliating.
But I know if one of these dogs crossed the line, bit him harder than he was okay with, he would go after that dog and not stop until it was dead (and maybe not even then).
The thing is-- I'm having a hard time seeing this as a problem with HIM, as much as it's a problem with these other dog owners. These dogs that act hostile and aggressive towards him are basically BEGGING for him to act as badly as them. It bothers me because people act like I should leash my dog and take him away... yet theirs are the dogs initiating hostility. Shouldn't **they** leash their dogs and take them away? My dog wants to run and play and if these dogs don't want to run and play maybe they should leave.
I understand that there is breed prejudice and that it won't matter who started it if my dog kills another dog. But would I be out line to ask these people to leash *their* dogs instead? Why should my boy not get to run like he needs to just because THEIR dogs are violent antisocial little ****?
Anybody have any thoughts on this? If I was a little less upset right now I would have taken the time to use the search function, so sorry if this has been asked before.