Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Request for experts' take on this
Please forgive my posting this in another thread first. I realized that it would be a big "thread-jacking" there, so I am starting a new thread.
I'd appreciate you experts take on an incident I had with my Lobo many years ago. He was my first GSD and I bought him from a reputable breeder, Fernheim GSDs. I got him at 8 weeks of age and started him in puppy kindergarten as soon as I could. We eventually went through advanced obedience classes, though I wasn't really interested in competition.
I don't know that he was dog aggressive, he never started anything with other dogs. On walks, in the park, out hiking, he would pretty much ignore them but did want them to keep their distance. One time, however, he really reacted poorly and it was when another dog attacked him.
We were walking in our subdivision early in the morning, when a neighbor came out of his house to get his paper. He let his two dogs out, off lead. I saw them and Lobo and I crossed the street, just to avoid any problems. The older dog, a retriever of some sort just walked to the sidewalk and laid down. The smaller one, a poodle mix I think, started barking and the guy called him. Lobo and I kept walking on the other side of the street. We passed the house, and the guy was headed back to his porch, when the poodle mix came tearing after us. I turned to meet the dog, yelling at him to "GO! HOME!" He ran around me and jumped at Lobo's face. I don't know if he actually made contact or not because Lobo jerked the leash clean out of my hand and took off after this little dog. In just a couple of yards, Lobo caught him and rolled him with his mouth around the dog's middle. I had been yelling at Lobo to come, but he completely ignored me until he caught the other dog. Then he let go and trotted right back to me. The poodle mix jumped up and scooted right back home to the guy who had been shouting uselessly for him to come back. I apologized to the fellow for Lobo's behavior and he told me the dog was just wet where Lobo had mouthed him.
He said, "If he is stupid enough to take on your big dog, he deserved it."
I didn't know what to say to that. If he had kept his dog inside, or on a leash, the whole incident wouldn't have happened.
Thanks in advance.