Today we rounded a blind corner with Zoey and bumped right into someone walking their very dog aggressive Labrador. The dog immediately began snarling, snapping and straining to attack Zoey. It was only the distance between us and the owners’ quick reactions (on both sides) that saved Zoey from being badly attacked.
In my opinion, dogs that are so aggressive should be muzzled, for other dogs’ safety and their own.
I also think that aggressive dogs should be muzzled in popular dog walking spots, where dogs are often walked off-lead. I don’t know about anywhere else, but in the UK the majority of dogs are walked off-lead, and are allowed to go greet other dogs whilst off-lead. Many dogs also have poor recall, and wouldn’t return to their owner when faced with another dog. It is for these reasons that I think that if the dog is aggressive towards other dogs and would cause harm to them, s/he should be muzzled.
We see many aggressive dogs on our walks around here, with the majority being yanked, yelled at or hit for behaving aggressively – because THAT will help!! Some of the dogs are too big or strong for their owners to control, which is particularly dangerous.
We’ve only seen one wearing a muzzle and that dog, surprisingly, walked past our dog very calmly. We spoke to the owner, who explained they were counter-conditioning their dog to other dogs, and in the past 6 months he had changed from trying to attack every dog to walking past them calmly, always receiving treats (he wore a basket muzzle so treats and drinking are still easily accessible)…what a dramatic change, simply amazing 🙂
Anyway, enough of that! Here are some pics from Zoey’s dog walk yesterday, when she was able to go off-lead 🙂