We went on a lovely walk through the woods today. Perfect temperature, great mood. We had not one, not two, but three off leash dogs run up to us (with signs posted everywhere requiring leashes).
First was a border collie mix. Sweet as could be. Perfect greeting! She was submissive and walked up to Rocky then put her head lower than his and waited for him to sniff her before she sniffed him. Then they both started wagging their tails and trying to play! The instant her owner called her, she went back to him. Awesome.
Second was a rottie. A pretty good greeting. The dog was a little too excited and had its nose in Rocky's crotch instantly, which he didn't like and put his tail between his legs. I grabbed the dogs collar and pulled it away and pet it while waiting for the owner. Then Rocky was able to sniff it without the dog in his face, and they both wagged tails and were friendly. Great.
Third was a pit/chocolate lab mix puppy. Had absolutely no manners, and was not trained at all. Ran up and jumped on Rocky. His response? He showed his teeth to the dog and stepped backwards. The owners are about 60 yards away, so I pull the puppy off Rocky and hold its collar while waiting for them. The woman's extremely obese son, probably about 10, sprints up screaming the dogs name, and scares the **** out of Rocky. I am proud of my actions --- I took a step between Rocky and the boy and yelled "STOP!". I think I scared the **** out of him LOL. I scolded him "Do not ever run up to someone else's dog. It could bite you! My dog is a rescue and you scared him". Well, the mother went physco and started screaming at me to not tell her kid what to do and not have my aggressive dog in public.......What??!! My dog that is hiding behind me because you fat kid ran up screaming at him? I simply walked away, then about 2 minutes later heard someone yelling as the dog ran up and jumped on their dog next.
(Everyone I know is athletic. I literally have no overweight friends or family members. Rocky is scared of fat people because he rarely encounters them. We try to find them at Petsmart to give him treats, but they aren't always there)
The first two socializations were great for Rocky (but the dogs should have been on leash)...but the third one really ticked me off, because when a dog runs up and jumps on him, from then on he hates for dogs to approach him.
Oh well. You can't fix stupid people. We will just have to work around these setbacks.