Just had a bit of drama at the end of our street. Zack and I were coming up our road after a really nice relaxed walk (lovely evening here) when we heard a nasty growl coming behind us. I signalled Zack to stay by my side and behind me and he did it immediately, while I turned to face whatever the noise was...I saw one of our (odd) neighbours and his 3 drastically undersocialised dogs all snarling and in attack mode lunging for Zack. Momma-bear mode kicked in and I stood my ground confidently with Zack by my side in the same stance while the owner - who was on his bike - tried half arsed to pull them along with him. They ended up pulling him off his bike trying to get to Zack but he got back on and struggled up the street ignoring the fact they were all still tugging to get to Zack.
It's rather rambley and probably doesn't sound much of an event, but it felt like a real bonding moment between us; he trusted me to protect him, did exactly what I said, and didn't react to them at all, bar being alert.
As we walked home, a man at the top of the road said he'd seen what happened and we looked like ''a real team'' /proud
Last edited by ScorpianAbarth; 08-20-2011 at 07:43 PM.
Good for you and Zack! It's a great feeling when they do the right thing. Dee absolutely loves other dogs and wants to greet everyone.....same with people, but she's not quite as enthusiastic as when she sees a fellow canine coming along. One time just out of the blue a rottie that she knew from training class and who was generally friendly with her, came tearing up to her off leash (she thought to play) and nipped her on the back end. This poor dog was very unstable and sadly later had to be euthanised after biting numerous people......plus at a year old her hips were already shot. Anyway Dee was on a long line and immediately ran behind my husband for protection. He thought it was quite funny. Thankfully the Rottie kept going and there was no harm done.....except maybe to her feelings. She is not in any way a nervous dog and extremely outgoing, but she wouldn't have a clue how to fight. It's just not in her.
Way to go, Zack! Glad nothing happened and the weird neighbor was able to haul his dogs home.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Thanks guys, he's remained good as gold for the rest of the evening and did something he hasn't done since he was 11 weeks old...wriggled onto my lap, turned on his back, snuggled into me like a baby and went to sleep!
Re the neighbour - he's always been very odd, but lately I've seen two other situations regarding the dogs that aren't on. A week ago I saw him on the main road with the dogs leashed to the bike, he lost his balance and fell - bike too - on the dogs, it was awful to watch. Then at the beginning of the week I got home from walking Z and one of his dogs (a little terrier mix I think) was roaming the street barking frantically...He'd left the windows open and it had fallen out, jumping up desperately trying to get back in. It was heart breaking watching it. I planned to just go pick it up and put it back through the window, and shut it but when I got near it went to bite me, so I phoned the dog warden.
It's really upsetting that some dogs aren't loved and looked after as the ones on these boards
Good for you and Zack! There is no compliment quite like the complete and utter trust of your dog!!! I know...because I know the feeling.
good for you.
amazes me, sometimes. how many dogs' owners are jerks.
Impressive -- any tips on how you trained Zack that you were able to achieve such a controlled response. You staying calm helped a lot but Zack being so well behaved is quite a tribute to how you trained him and his disposition.