Rocky, Oreo's daddy
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Off Leash Dog Park - Confrontation with another dog owner
So couple weeks ago, I went to an off leash dog park (as I do every day with Oreo) that's located right behind my house.
We walk towards the park and I see a couple of Oreo's friends and this guy with 2 white dogs. I'm thinking, not this guy again as I had a run in with him about a month before that where his dog can running halfway across the dog park (which is probably about 60 Yards away) and tried to bite Oreo in the abdomen. I yelled at his dog and it stopped. I continued to walk and his dog keeps following me. Oreo is scared stiff right now as he's a shy kind of dog and is actually pulling me hard to get away from it. Keep in mind he has 2 dogs at opposite ends of the park. One is following me the other is running towards the road playing Frogger from the other side of the park.
Anyways, this time as I walk up to them, with Oreo behind me, his dog again comes lunging at Oreo trying to bite his abdomen. His dog was snarling and barking and all Oreo could do was back up as much as he can. I picked up Oreo and instantly yelled at the guy saying that if he can't control his dogs, put it on leash. His response, 'It's an off leash dog park and I don't have to put her on a leash'. I was livid. We kept yelling back and forth and he keeps saying it's an off leash dog park and he doesn't have to put her on leash just for me. He also said his dog's tail was wagging and all she wanted to do was play and that his dogs is 3 years old and wouldn’t hurting anything. I told him social dogs don't lunge at other dogs with teeth showing and barking was considered play. Suffice to say we almost got into a fist fight over it but my wife had to calm me down. Some of the other older ladies there also told me his dog was 'attacking' their dog at first but stopped after a while.
So we calm down a bit and he said his dog wanted to play...all this time his dog was pulling him with 2 legs up in the air at Oreo's direction. Oreo ignored the dog and went to play with a little kid that walked over. So he tried to be calm and said his dogs wanted to play. So Oreo is standing there and he lets his dog nearer Oreo just to see if they would get along. His dogs was pulling and yanking and showing teeth. Oreo was backing up until he couldn't anymore (because he's on leash) and then snarled at the dog. The guy then says my dog was unsocialized. Man....That just set off an atomic bomb in my head and I laid into him verbally. My wife again had to pull me aside and calm me down. He ended off walking off and I stayed so Oreo could play with the regular dogs he plays with every day.
Man...was I wrong to lay into the guy? It's not my nature to erupt like this. Even my wife said 99% of the time I’m laid back and don't bat an eye with confrontation but that 1% of the time I can get very very angry. Now that I’m calm, I'm thinking for apologizing to the guy for my behaviour. If I ever see him as he doesn't come out to the park that much.
Was I wrong?
Last edited by narci; 08-27-2012 at 05:32 PM.