Gnashers at the ready

Anyone reading my blog will know I love dogs. It doesn’t matter what size or breed and here we certainly have a lot of variety for me to pet and fuss!
I’ve done a few posts on some breeds I’ve come across here, though my favourite still remains the GSD. I have always loved the breed, ‘inherited’ one when I moved in with Partner and got my second when she died as the collie was pining dreadfully.

We have several on the block, all are friendly, though one is a little anxious but getting used to us, and we have two pups that are growing into beautiful dogs.
Today things got a little out of hand and we have been warning our walking friends that there is a new dog in town which is not to be trusted.
I like to think I know the difference between a warning bark and ‘let me get at you to rip you to pieces’ tirade. Gnashing teeth and saliva usually give you a clue too.

We didn’t recognise the dog or its owner/family, and hope it is just visiting.
The dog started barking aggressively at the sight of a little shih tzu which had just crossed the road with her owner towards the park.The dog lunged for it even though it was some distance away, nearly wrenching his owners arm out of its socket. I’ll give him his due, he crossed over immediately and tried to get his dog under control by facing it to the wall and holding its snout. It was not muzzled.
We had already crossed over further up and hadn’t been seen yet. However, another walker we know by sight was coming along the road on that side with his westie.
The GSD went nuts, almost pulling the owner over this time, and he was having a hard job trying to calm it down. The westie and owner crossed over earlier than the crossing island and got into the park ahead of us.
We met up with a neighbour coming out who has a whippet and he had held back himself. We stopped and chatted about what we had seen, and agreed that this dog was dangerous.

The dog was a beautiful black and tan adult male, but it unnerved me, which is unusual.
From my untrained eye, I would say it had had little, if any, socialising, and to be honest from its behaviour, training would be extremely difficult.
If nothing else, it should at least be muzzled as it is unpredictable and aggressive towards other dogs. What if one of the family had been walking the dog on their own? Once off the lead to attack, the little ones, or even those of Maggie’s size, wouldn’t have stood a chance.

I stress I do not know this dog, its history or its owner. For all I know it could just have been having an ‘off day’, but from this first encounter, I would not want to approach it or give it the benefit of the doubt.
Years ago the German Shepherd always had bad press and were considered ferocious and vicious animals. This one is exactly that and tars the good ones reputation.
But then it only takes one doesn’t it.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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22 Responses to Gnashers at the ready

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    That’s really scary. From the sound of it, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it even if I wasn’t with a dog. Wouldn’t want it near little children either, for that matter.

    • It was worrying. I hope we don’t meet up with them again. Such a shame though, as it was a beautiful dog, but beauty doesn’t always match temperament. I would be extremely concerned if any dog of mine showed that much aggression unprovoked.

  2. I wonder if it was new to the owners and they are “rescuing” it. Some rescues need a lot of socialization. Hopefully, the owner is getting professional help on control. Sounds like he is if he faced him to the wall and held his muzzle. My friend’s son has a terror (pitbull) female that is aggressive toward female dogs. The dogs is great with people but has bitten dogs. They got her as a pup and I was upset that they didn’t get a professional trainer to help when she was young. I don’t know if she’s been neutered. That sometimes help with aggression. Good luck to you and I hope Maggie doesn’t come in contact with him.

    • I thought about that too Kate. We don’t know the circumstances and I don’t like to judge, but he has his hands full. It could be they are here for a change of scenery and training, but I shall be keeping Maggie away

      • Perhaps you will get a chance to talk to him (without Maggie) sometime. I’m curious. You could be a reporter for your readers! 🙂

      • Ha! I’m a keen observer when it comes to dogs, but it’s doubtful I’d be walking locally without Maggie unless I’d gone up into town shopping. I will post if we see them again though

  3. colinandray says:

    For your readers benefit – I have yet to see evidence of a domesticated dog being aggressive for no reason. Identify the reason, and it can most likely be addressed. Ray was a good example of no social skills, fear aggression, startle response, and a host of other issues, and the Mr Congeniality we have living with us today is the result of 3 years (that’s about when he “turned the corner”) of patience, work, and associating with various professionals (and related costs). There were many concepts learned, and to note just two important ones:

    He learned that people and other dogs = treats.
    We learned that a muzzle could be his best friend if approached intelligently. He loved his muzzle because he received treats when having it put on (recommend Baskerville style), and treats when it was removed. The major (ginormous) benefit of the muzzle however was that it gave him his “space”. When was the last time you petted a dog wearing a muzzle?

    Can I promote my book “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” to anybody interested? It chronicles the roller coaster ride of the first 18 months of Ray’s life with us. It is available from all the usual on-line retailers, and also direct from Friesen Press Bookstore … and net profits will go to the Humane Society here that rescued our (now) beloved Ray. Assuming this promo is fine here – Thx. Di. 🙂

    • There could be a lot of reasons why this dog was the way he was. From my side of the street, it was worrying because of the way it lunged at another dog for no apparent reason……….. the two dogs in question weren’t together or even that close.
      I love dogs, I love this particular breed, and it was a beautiful animal. I hope that the guy can get things sorted, but think he will need professional help. As Kate mentioned, it’s possible he has already by turning the dog to face the wall and holding his snout.
      We are aware of a lot of people, older than us, who have dogs smaller than Maggie. We know of one elderly lady who has a GSD and walks her four time a day.
      There are a lot of dogs here and have come across most of them probably, but we didn’t recognise this one which is why we think it’s a visitor.
      Sadly I have no answers and solutions and realise it will take a lot of patience, expertise and hard work to address whatever issues this dog has.

      • colinandray says:

        We have the same problem here in that you just have to be alert to other dogs. There are still owners who are in the “dark ages” re training (domination concept); there are owners who believe they can do it all themselves; there are owners who think that trainers are a waste of money. There are owners who really shouldn’t be …. and I hope they never have kids (where the problems are more complex)!

        Dog aggression is generally a result of treatment by the owner but, sadly, it is always the dog that gets put down if there is a problem. 🙂

      • I know, and it’s not always the dog’s fault.
        There’s been the death of a child at a holiday camp in Cornwall (we know the site well) due to a dog attack. Details are scant at the moment, but the dog is reportedly a ‘pit bull type’.

      • colinandray says:

        They, and a few other breeds, have a bad reputation here. Sadly they are bought by people (usually men) who want a muscle dog for image purposes … and they have no idea what they are getting into and totally screw the dog up. We also have Pitbulls/Staffies who are so gentle with children. It seems to depend on the upbringing/training.

      • Likewise. I quite like the staffies. I’ve always gone with never a bad dog, just bad owners. I hope this one works out OK though I shall keep my distance as I wouldn’t want to undo any good that had been done.

  4. blindzanygirl says:

    That’s really sad Di, and quite scary. I would have been terrified. Will watch lut for how this situation progresses. Ours is EXTREMELY friendly with other dogs, especialyy at the vets lol

    • We have a lot of dogs that are wonderfully sociable and I would hate for any of them to be hurt. As I said I don’t know the circumstances, but it unnerved me which is unusual as barking or growling dogs usually don’t, though I do give them space.

  5. scifihammy says:

    A big dog out of control like that is scary. I’m glad you got away unscathed. 🙂

  6. So sad when you come across a dog like this. My friend had two Germans. Just the most loving and gentle things going.

    • The two I had were loyal and loving, even Kizzy when she’d learn to trust me and that I wouldn’t hurt her. The first American guide dog was a GSD. I read the story in a Readers Digest compilation, and the film made me cry. I did a post early on when I started my blog which I’m re-blogging today.

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