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Cool people with bigger dogs! please!

I live in a town and we are to keep our dogs on a leash when out in public.
I always walk my dog on a in a condo that is how it is. My hava is well behaved on a leash...I'm so proud of her.

lately I have noticed a new person that has a much larger dog, a boston terrier and it is always hyper and pulling on the it pulls the woman along.

Yesterday I am walking my dog (on a leash)...I notice this same woman lets her boston terrier's lead extend really long so her big dog can get up close to my dog without even asking me this woman does this!!....then she says "aww my dog just wants to play with your dog." I am like what?? I immediately pick my dog up and go the opposite way. And say "no no!! oh no you don't!" "Please get your dog back away from my dog"....then I hear a sigh and geez from this woman.

My hav always hides behind me as she is scared of this big dog. The woman does not seem to get a clue or care.

what do I have to do to let this woman know I donnot want her dog near my hav? why do people think they can just help themselves to someone's dog? Everytime I see this woman with her boston terrier she is unable contain her dog.... the dog is always pulling the woman along and leads the way...right to my dog!! The woman gets upset that I wont let her big dog play with my hav...I always have to go other way.

I saw poor freddie and what happened to the poor guy .
I fear this same sort of thing from aggressive dogs...esp with owners who have no control.

Any good ideas on the right thing to say to these kind of people?
they seem to think I am snooty or something as they give out a
sigh of geez when I say No please get your dog back.

Now I just avoid this woman & her boston terrier.

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I say "No, no. We had an incident" then we turn the other way

or "No, I don't trust mine to play nicely"

I NEVER care if they think I am snooty.
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I agree with Gelbergirl, it's our responsibilty to protect our dogs, shouldn't matter if people don't like it. Her suggestion of "we had an incident" is a good one.

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I agree completely that there is no reason you need to let your dog interact with another dog unless tou want to. And on-leash "play" is particularly dangerous to both dogs and people because everyone can get tangled up. That said, Boston Terriers are a small breed. i don't know what this woman's dog is, but if it's big, it isn't a Boston.

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yeah it seems there's one of these morons behind every 22nd tree. Yeah it wasn't a BT , maybe a Boxer .

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Any good ideas on the right thing to say to these people?
Like you, I would first ensure that my dog was safe. However, I would assume they might not know any better and offer a short explanation. Maybe something like: My dog is afraid of larger dogs that are pulling to get to him, so it isn't a good time for an introduction. I really want my dog to have nothing but positive interactions with other dogs .

Then, if I had my dog safely in my arms, and the owner of the other dog was not still approaching, I might ask how they know that their dog isn't going to jump a much smaller dog, especially one they have never met before?

Some Boston Terriers are pretty strong pullers, but I wondered if you meant to type Pit Bull Terrier, as some of them are pretty large. We have an abundance of Pit Bulls at shelters in this area, and while many are absolute sweethearts, it is frightening to see such a large, muscular dog pulling his owner around. You can't help but wonder what might happen if they were to breakaway from their owner.
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good one ideas..thank you. I am just tired of this woman and her dog coming at me. She says it is a Boston Terrier but when I first saw her dog it looks too big and muscular to be a Boston Terrier. It seems like it might have pitbull in it. Not really sure. But I would not put up with a dog pulling me around like that. So that makes it even more dangerous because who knows if this dog can get away from her. Karen you are right we need to protect our babies. I donot understand why this woman thinks it is ok for her 45 pound dog to run up to my tiny 6 pound dog when obviously it would not be a good thing for my dog. I am so on my guard when I see this woman. Best to stay away from her and her dog and avoid. I have seen this dog playing with another neighbor a man....but not me! I am afraid of the dog.

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just googled boston terrier and they weigh only 10-15 pounds. Karen your right.
staying far away from both of them. Good advice. Thank you. I agree. I am protecting my baby.

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