Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: London, Ontario
Thank you Everyone,
I think you reiterated what I was thinking, but I appreciate it being confirmed.
I am by no means trying to absolve myself of responsibility - I believe my dog is 100% my responsibility and if something goes awol, like this, it's because of my failure. I can't even say I was mad at the woman after the fact, just very, very shaken up from being screamed at with such aggressive body language.
I will say, I was too late in asking Sitka to recall. As soon as I made it up to the road I called and he immediately returned, but I shouldn't have let him get near the unknown dog in the first place. His recall is at about 85% and he's 16 months old. I will definitely think twice about letting him off leash in an unfenced area again.
These labels of "aggressive" or "reactive" or "unsocialized" are such buzzwords in media, it's like people are looking to find dogs to attach them to.
It could have been worse, and I should use it as a learning opportunity. But ****, I've never been screamed at like that before! I'm just glad Sitka responded to my calm energy then and didn't react to the woman screaming in my face. As she screamed, he sat calmly and quietly at my feet while I apologized and offered my/to exchange information.
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