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What to do about the psychotic Poodles?
We live in a dog-friendly apartment building. The building provides a fenced astroturf patch on the roof for potty needs, with sprinklers that run twice a day. Obviously, when you take your dog up to potty there is a decent chance of running into someone else and their dog up there. There are a lot of dog owners in the building and mostly we all get along fine. It's mostly small dogs (the units are small so I think most large dog owners look elsewhere).
However there is one couple in the building with two extremely rambunctious standard poodles, one black and one cream. And when I say "extremely rambunctious" I mean that they are mostly ok around people but if they catch sight of another dog they both completely lose their mind, barking their heads off and lunging at the other dog. Their owners will try to get them under control but completely fail every time. I don't know if they're "just trying to play" but the way they are barking and lunging seems more aggressive. I am a 95 pound woman with a 9 pound dog so these two large dogs lunging aggressively at me and my dog does not thrill me.
I usually carry Diva in my arms up to the patch on the roof- this started during potty training so she could tell the difference between "leaving on lead to go for a walk" and "leaving in arms to go potty". I would not feel safe at all having her on lead on the roof at this point and I still don't really feel safe with her in my arms since these two poodles are trying to jump on me and get at my dog and they could definitely knock me over.
Obviously I don't know where these dogs came from, they could be rescue dogs and the owners are working with them, etc. But they don't even have them under physical control which is scary to me. My girlfriend saw the two poodles lunge out of an elevator after a small dog that had gotten off at a different floor, and they pulled the woman holding the leash onto the floor and DRAGGED her down the hallway on her stomach. So to clarify, the owner was not intending to get off at that floor but the poodles chased a small dog out and dragged her out on her stomach. I once stepped onto the elevator with Diva while the man and just ONE poodle were on the elevator, and the dog immediately started freaking out so badly that the man had to DRAG him out of the elevator before th doors even closed(so in a matter of seconds he completely lost physical control of his dog). When we run into them in the common roof area they immediately lose their minds and start lunging at me and whoever has them has to drag them off (while trying to calm them down verbally and saying "off" and "down" and "no" which has absolutely no effect).
So... I don't really know what to do! Obviously there are valid reasons to own and work with dogs with aggression issues, but since they clearly can't physically control the dogs with other dogs around, I wish they would at least take just one at a time (the cream poodle is more aggressive... when the black poodle is alone it just barks, but when they are together the black poodle picks up the cream poodle's energy). I am a little nervous to talk to them since I will admit to being kind of rude in the past, running through doors and letting them slam (because their dogs are lunging at me).
Thoughts? Has anyone dealt with a situation like this?