- 3 years ago
- Wedding: December 2011
I take my dog to the dog park pretty much every day. My dog and I usually spend our time at the park playing fetch; therefore, we don’t spend too much socializing with the human cliques or other dogs at the park. My dog is not aggressive. She will share her ball and pretty much ignore any dog that growls/barks at her. Futhermore, I have spent a lot of time training my dog to listen to my commands. She comes, sits, and stays as soon as the command is given.
For the last month or so, there has been a couple coming with their two dogs. The dogs walk in and bark/growl/show teeth at whatever dog is closest to them. Especially dogs that are just walking in the gate. I view this as aggression. These two dogs usually snap (mostly just the air). One at the butt and the other at the head at whatever dog they are attacking. Most of the dogs they do this to ignore them. A few have actually fought back. I digress. .
It’s happen to my dog almost every time we get to the park after they are there. It irritates me to no end, but I just walk close enough to the dogs and call mine and they let her pass to me. I figure the two little dogs have issues with the gate. I don’t like it, but what can I do?
Today, we walk in the park. The dogs do their little dive attack on my dog. I call my dog and make her keep going. We go an area of the park where there is not another dog or person and start playing fetch. Out of nowhere, these two dogs come up and do their little attack on my dog. I’m watching my dog and she starts showing her teeth. I know she feels cornered and starting to feel the need to protect herself. I can’t blame her, but I know the moment she protects herself both dogs will jump her. So I call her name and the two dogs walk off.
It just so happens the two dogs owner (the husband) was walking up to his dogs too. He saw what his dogs did to mine. I saw to him, “Hey, I just want you to know that this is the second time today your dogs have done that to mine.”
I’ve reflected over that one sentence a thousand times because his reaction was insane. I didn’t raise my voice. I didn’t even stop walking. I don’t know what I hoped to accomplish. I know if someone had something like that to me I would apologize and begin working with my dog on it.
Anyways, he looks up and says, “Did they hurt your dog? No! Then shut the fu*k up.” I was taken aback. And I said, “Well, according to the rules, hostile dogs should be removed from the park so I’m just letting you know what your dogs have done to mine.” He said, “My dogs are not hostile so get the sand out of your vagina.” Then he takes off running and gets into two other people’s faces and yells “Are my dogs hostile?” They actually told him no. I was shocked. He turns back to me and says, “SEE! YOU NEED TO SHUT THE FU*K UP!”
At that point, I got my phone, called Security, and left the park. Security came. Took my statement. Talked to him and gave him a warning. He admitted to cussing me out.
I’m beating my head trying to figure out what I did to deserve that reaction from him. I never raised my voice. But maybe he really doesn’t believe his dogs were aggressive. Maybe I’m wrong.
So, bees, what you think? Was his dogs aggressive? If not, what do you consider dog aggression?