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My family and I have just had a most unpleasant experience coming back from a playpark in the neighbouring village. Walking back through a footpath towards where we had parked the car we were confronted by a whippet cross, no owner in sight, that took umbrage to our springer who was on her lead. The whippet had her hackles up, tail held high (expression of dominance in dog body language) and was barking her head off at our dog.

As we inched forwards towards the car (which was only about 20 yards away) the whippet went into overdrive and started to bite at ours. My wife and the kids backtracked towards the park and I had to resort to using the lead to pull our dog out of reach of the whippet whilst using my foot to keep the whippet off our dog. There I was spinning in a circle with one dog attempting to bite the other, who was attempting to escape and being almost held aloft by her lead, with me yelling my head off. After kicking up some dust and stones at the whippet it backed off enough for me to get to the car and throw our dog into the boot. No sooner was she out of sight than the whippet trotted off out of the footpath and up the lane towards some stables.

Luckily ours wasn't actually bitten, more by luck than anything else and just seemed bemused by the whole episode. It really shook my family up though, and I'm sure the kids will give whippets/long dogs a wide berth from now on. We've raised them to be wary of strange dogs and not approach any dog other than those they know, and this encounter has definitely reinforced that. Shameful that the owners either let their dog run free or don't care enough to keep it securely in their home.

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That’s a shame. Do you have any pikey camps near by? Sounds like it could be a cross bread for rabbiting maybe? Whippets as a whole are generally smooth natured animals (well by my experience). But one bred for rabbiting will have an edge to it . 

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No pikey camps nearby that I'm aware of. It's possible that it's kept by the stable owners up the lane for rabbitting. As horse owners they will have an interest in keeping their ground free of rabbits because if a horse puts a hoof into a rabbit warren it'll snap the ankle and may well mean the end for the horse.

Suffice to say we won't be taking the kids back to that playpark again. It's not one we'd been to before so we tried because it was new to them now we're allowed to travel.

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My dogs can be aggressive towards some dogs, not all but mainly spaniels or cockapoo types, don’t know why they just don’t like them. Other terriers seem to be more acceptable to them. 
They also hate runners and bikes. 
Knowing this I always keep them on a short lead around people and other dogs, I make sure I have a good 200-300 yards at least clear before I let them off the lead. 
There is one particular dog that pisses them off, Bertie, a brown and white spaniel of some make. He is never on a lead, has zero recall and always comes running over to my dogs. I have to keep them away from him as they want to kill him. I have had a few heated one way conversations with the owners about putting him on a lead and keeping him away from us, for his sake. Their  usual thing is to walk along calling ‘Bertie Bertie’ while the dog does exactly what it wants. 
Yesterday he came running over to us on the sea wall, I stood to the side of the wall while his owner marched past all up his own arse, his dog now 30’ behind him. My dogs jumped all over the poor thing, I had to prise one dogs jaw open as he was trying to chew the other dogs ear off. Meanwhile my other dog was biting the other end. 
I lost my rag a bit and used some choice words. If they just kept it on a lead the poor thing wouldn’t have had this problem. I don’t think there were any injuries but it was distressing all round. 

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12 minutes ago, JonC said:

If they just kept it on a lead the poor thing wouldn’t have had this problem.

Not trying to lay blame here as I don’t know your dogs, but why should another dog have to suffer the lead because your two dogs perform a pack attack on him. Maybe it’s training for your dogs that are needed to be more tolerant of others?

My dog was never on the lead. I’d even walk him to the park off lead, but he was very well behaved. 

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4 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

Not trying to lay blame here as I don’t know your dogs, but why should another dog have to suffer the lead because your two dogs perform a pack attack on him. Maybe it’s training for your dogs that are needed to be more tolerant of others?

My dog was never on the lead. I’d even walk him to the park off lead, but he was very well behaved. 

If your dog is under control then it doesn’t need to be on a lead, but if it isn’t under control then it’s a nuisance dog. 
If you knew that another dog had a dislike to your dog then surety you would try to keep it out of harms way? 

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Daisy dog is too quick for most things...

She was having a poo in the park and this staffie Cross came barrelling towards her, she was scared stiff but this larger black and white spaniel came sprinting out of nowhere and slapped the staffie away from her. 
 

Staffie owner then has a go at owner of Daisy rescuer for “being out of control” The Daisy rescuer (like Daisy) had perfect recall and the staffie didn’t but apparently “you shouldn’t let your dogs loose to taunt him”..... 

Wasn’t best pleased with that one! The Daisy rescuer is now her best mate 🤣🤣🤣🤣 

There are a lot of people who have no idea and bought a dog on a whim in lockdown and these are not socialised properly which doesn’t help 

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6 hours ago, Geoff said:

After all that, did you manage to collect the poo?  Geoff.☺️

She didn’t go 🤣🤣🤣 
 

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