Yep, we saw our third horrible Labrador in a month today.
This time it was with Kasper, so now he has had a crummy experience with a Lab too…you can read Zoey’s ordeal here, and Raiden’s here. And here’s yet another crappy Labrador encounter from last September too!
Today we were walking through our village when an overweight female black Lab sprinted out of a garden (no gate, fencing no higher than 1ft) and proceeded to harass Kasper. I was a little behind, on the other side of the road as I’d just been to a poo bin.
Kasper said hello wonderfully, but his body language was asking the dog for room. Kasper was on a short lead because we were right by a road. The Lab wasn’t listening to him at all.
This is the thing I am starting to hate about Labs.
After a hello where Kasper was polite & the Lab was bouncy-in-your-face-obnoxious, Kasper decided he was done & wanted to continue with his walk. Just as with Zoey, this Lab would not let Kasp leave.
The dog stuck to Kasper like velcro and was pawing him, nosing him etc. I was rushing across the road to try get the dog away from Kasper, but as ever the Lab was so in our dog’s face I couldn’t body block it.
Kasper ended up telling the dog to back the fuck off (snarling – good boy); when the dog moved away I jumped in & stood in front of her. Even though Kasper had clearly just told this Lab he did not want to play, she was still trying to get past me to him. Why?!
Then, as my partner put some distance between the Lab and them, she started jumping up and trying to get in my treat bag. Ughhh…
The Lab’s owner appeared from the garden at this point, about 10ft away, & she actually apologised – she is the only Lab owner that has apologised for their dog’s behaviour!
I said “I’m just keeping her away from our dog,” because I thought the owner might think it odd that I was stood in the Lab’s way and using my legs / body as a barrier. The owner proceeded to call her dog furiously, but the Lab didn’t pay any notice.
When the owner came to grab her, the dog obviously knew what was coming and ran past the woman towards the busy main road. The owner began screaming all sorts, managed to grab the dog, & began slapping her. Hard.
Normally I might feel compelled to say something to an owner who was physically assaulting their dog, but I just wanted out of there.
I was also incredibly pissed off with how the Lab had behaved towards Kasper…I *hate* people who hit their dogs, and I know this was the owner’s fault not the dog’s, but I was just done.
It doesn’t take much to stress me out these days, my Bipolar is making sure of that, and I couldn’t have coped with an argument.
Points I wish Lab owners understood:
1) Your dog is a Labrador, a breed that is touted as always being ‘loving’, ‘gentle’ and ‘the best’ family dog.
This DOES NOT mean your dog will never be aggressive or a bully. Nor does it mean they can be walked off lead with no training, and they should not be allowed to run up to any and all dogs. That isn’t fair.
2) Labs are BIG dogs, they weigh around 26 – 36kg (probably more as most are obese here) – it is not okay for a dog this size to jump up at people!! Seriously, if your dog regularly jumps at people on walks for any reason, keep the damn dog on lead
3) Don’t get pissed off with me because I am wearing a bag with treats in it – I need to be able to reward my dogs for good behaviour. Just because your dog is a stomach on legs and will follow me home if I even smell slightly of food, that is not my problem
4) Almost all the Labs I’ve met have been obnoxious players / greeters.
It is not polite for dogs to approach other dogs head on, stick their face immediately into the other dogs, paw at them, jump on them, stand in front of them so they can’t move, and not respect the other dog’s personal space. If your Lab behaves like this you need to work on some kick ass recall, practice calm behaviour around unknown dogs, & leave a longline trailing as they interact
Often I hate the friendly dogs more than the aggressive ones. At least most people understand that their aggressive dogs should be on lead…