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post #26 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Gretchen_Red View Post
Good for you McCoy!

I too would have held onto the leash and pulled the "if you want to get to my dog it's through me".

It is hard to not stereotype Pitts. Even though I know it's not them but it's just most the people who own them. Can we stereotype them?

The other day I was walking both dogs, as you can imagine this keeps my hands and thoughts fairly busy. A lady was walking her Pitt on a FLEXI-LEAD (don't even get me started on how someone thinks a 2mm lead will prevent a dog from doing anything!). She was on the opposite side of the street walking in the opposite direction. She starts talking to me and I can see her pitt pulling towards my dogs, she then asks if they're friendly and I say "no" (like I always do). She still continues to walk across the street and I then yell "DO NOT APPROACH". She then says "don't worry he's friendly" and I said "I'm worried about my dogs" as I'm BACKING away both of my dogs hairs are on end! She continues to approach and I tell her "DO NOT APPROACH" and she keeps saying her dog is friendly. So I finally yelled "MY DOGS AREN'T FRIENDLY". It's IDIOTS like her that give Pitts a bad name!

Let's say her dog is friendly, what if that day he wasn't feeling well? What if Maverick snapped at him first? Tell me what she would have done on her FLEXI-LEAD to get the dogs apart? So I would have been entangled in 3 dogs and yes I would have let go of one at that point! I don't get why so many Pitt owners need to prove to me that their dogs are friendly?!? I have Doberman's I know stereotypes you don't have to convince me! I had a woman at a dog park once tell me to go "F myself!" because I wouldn't let me yorkie play with her Pitt. Now I know my dog and when he gets scared he nips, most dogs don't handle that so I closely watch a dog's behavior before allowing him to engage in play. Had nothing to do with the type of dog it was, it was the bullying/dominant behavior I was seeing. I didn't say anything just called my dog to me and picked him up so I guess I should go "F myself" for that lol.

I am so familiar... My worst experience was walking my more than reactive Boxer.
I hadn't put him down because away from most animals he was the sweetest dog I had ever owned. But he was perfectly capable of killing any dog. I used to exercise him late at night. Or very early in the morning. I kept him on a choke and a 3' leather lead.

A girl was walking her Beagle off leash and I crossed the street to avoid her and the dog. Her dog started coming towards Gunnar and I yelled "Leash your dog!" Same thing: "'Oh its OK he's friendly" Etc. Etc..

Bottom line... Even though I continued to tell her to back off, she came up.

Gunnar (who never growled or barked) lunged. I jumped between them and took two deep punctures behind my knee from his canines.

So here I was at 1 AM in the emergency room getting Tetanus boosters and having my wounds flushed and cleaned.

So was I at fault?. Sure..... It was my dog that was vicious. But when you ask someone to respect your space, they should comply. My seriously reactive dog was totally under my control within 2 1/2 feet of me. And this was 11 PM. I was always very careful. Not another soul on the street. Had she and her Beagle respected my requests, none of this would have happened.


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Glad you and your pup are ok! Those are scary moments that really get your heart pounding.

Just my 2 cents, but any dog fight encountered with random/stray dogs always drop your dog's leash. Too many risks involved with getting injured along with putting your dog at a serious disadvantage.

Learned that the hard way along with several stitches later.

Originally Posted by 4x4bike ped View Post
@ Tricia

That being said, I would not trust an unknown Pitty as far as I could throw him/her.
I don't trust any unknown dog unless they prove otherwise. APBT or not, to be honest.

Dogs are odd sometimes, my mom's APBT Bishop (named after the xman not the chess piece) who is widely considered a couch potato of a dog was never one that would strike someone as a "scary vicious" dog except for his breed. He was just a cuddle bug, or a sack of 90lbs cat like behavior. My mom frequently used to comment on his lack of protector skills. Well one day he was on the porch off leash as my mom went to open the front door and a neighbor's GSD came barreling down the street straight to them, this GSD can never be off leash ever. It's owner proudly confesses to giving her gun powder to make her "mean and vicious" (don't get me started on the gun powder, please do not... )

Bishop jumped dpwn all 4 steps of the porch and let out a deep growl, wide stance, and got all fluffed up. He was only 2 at the time but I've never seen him that way ever. The GSD got a couple paces from him snarling before doing a weird prance and turning tail back to her owner running down the street. Bishop watched the entire time as they walked back down the block and finally like a light just went back to normal "yawn where is my dog bed" Bishop. My mom and I were flabbergasted. 2 years and never had he even barked at another dog, and here he was ready to throw down like a protector pro. Just goes to show, some dogs really do have good protective instincts but never show them unless an opportunity arises.
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