Yet Another Dog Off Leash Story.....Stories.
This is becoming rediculous around our neighborhood lately. The amount of off leash dogs just running loose everywhere. Most are smaller size dogs, but still they do damage. I've taken two walks in a row now and have ran into off leash dogs both times. It's getting annoying really.
We live near a school where people are always present. They have a small flood basin on the west side of the property. Cruz and I often get off the walkway onto the raised dike of the basin just so he can sniff and cut loose alittle. He loves all the smells. One side of the basin runs along the backside of some houses. Some houses have no fences. We've went this way several times with no problems. Not the last time though. We were walking past a house where a kid was playing on his gym set and out of no where comes this little 30 lbs or so dog. They never come straight at you, always from behind. Then I hear this guy yelling at his dog to come back and of course, it doesn't. I decided to just turn Cruz around at this point to face the little dog and he decided it was time to retreat back home. But thanks to this, now Cruz is in full drive. He's seeing and looking for anything and everything. I finally got him clamed down about the time we got back home.
Then just last night, we have a subdivision catycorner to ours. We often walk through there to add a few extra minutes to our walk. We were cutting through there lastnight, came to a corner where I put Cruz into a set and wait while we let a car go around the corner. We start crossing to the other corner and I hear this house door open and close to my left. out pops this guy and a medium size dog, who starts running at us then the guy whistles and the dog goes back to him. We just kept walking. Cruz is starting to get hyped over this. But remains level headed. We walk abit further then decide to turn around and head home. We have to go back the same way we came in. I was thinking to myself that this idiot probably still is out somewhere, but I figured maybe not it's getting late. Boy was I wrong. I got to the corner, paused and turned to cross the street and I here this yelling and whistling frantically. By the time we crossed the street, here comes a full grown boxer at a dead run across the street at Cruz. I tried to walk away but it was to late, he was on us. He ran right up to Cruz. I just gave Cruz what was left of the leash and stepped back. This is when I kind of became really proud of my dog, He simply chest bumped the dog and put his head over the boxers back. No growl, nothing. I think the boxer figured he was in over his head and backed away. But man that scared the heck out of me. Both dogs were about the same size and I was at a loss of what I should do. I didn't want Cruz injured nor myself. But Cruz handled the situation.
He has definitely changed from the little weeny pup just a few months ago. In a situation like with the boxer, he would have been all play mode. This time he was all buisness mode. He wasn't puting up with it. I'm so proud to see him control the situation and make the right decision to not fight. He just stood his ground and that was it. We also just got lucky. There will be no more walks without a baton. There are several large dogs around. It could have ended much worse with one of those.