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post #11 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 06:45 PM
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You and Ry did fine.
The mother sounds like a skitzzo which is probably why the dog is such a skittzo.
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First of all, I need to comment great job on the recall!! It sounds like all your hard work has payed off!!

I do not think it was your fault either. I do not let my dogs visit other dogs though, because I have seen too many(ecspecially little dogs), that were not really all that dog friendly. I always keep my dogs leashed because of other people and dogs. You just never know.

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I live in an area where I swear everyone has their lawyer's number on speed dial. So I tend to be overly cautious.
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I think you did fine. I probably would have let Jasper approach under that situation, but not Danny or Jasmine (Jasmine seriously dislikes most small dogs). It sounds like Ry was totally under your control. I'm sorry the kid got bit, but you didn't make him reach out and grab his own dog. The little dog would have likely reacted that way whether or not Rylie was on a leash.

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I don't think it was your fault either, since you told her, and asked her.

In my case, since I'm dealing with a exuberant pup, I call, and then leash her.......for her and my protection. In the past, she's been snapped, and growled at.......and I don't trust other people's dogs.


Although the path we use in the park, most of the dogs are off leash.

That's how this particular path is used, for ppl to illegally run their dogs..
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Hmmm, well I see things a little differently. Your dog is off leash being approached by a small child and unknown dog. Even though the mother indicated it was OK I think I would have leashed my dog and proceeded past. I have known too many people who say their dog is "friendly" that for whatever reason did not appreciate my dog. With a child involved there is just too much at risk.
Let's just say, if the child had grabbed at your dog and somehow gotten injured, even if slightly, you would have a big problem on your hands because your dog was not leashed.
Was the other dog leashed? If so, then if it came down to it and the mother wanted to press blame, you could also have been in trouble because your dog was not under your direct control (ie leashed).
Anyhow, just something to consider for future reference. I don't know the laws in your area but around here if a dog is off leash you are breaking the law (sad but true).
The kid getting bitten by his own dog totally and entirely NOT your fault.

And I don't think you could have been in any way held to blame by authorities since your dog didn't even touch any of them and was not even remotely involved in the bite.

But for your and Riley's protection, I think you should leash up anytime you see a person and especially another dog approaching. It is a potential liability with him off leash in an area leashes are required. Don't ask, just make the decision yourself for both your safety.

But no, you are not at fault in any way for their dog biting their child. Was their dog on a leash?

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I do not think it was your fault. Buzz is always off lead but I always leash him when I see kids and dogs. (more concerned that the other dog is mean or afraid a child would fall). If it is an adult, I usually yell "he is friendly" and I hurry past them without leashing him.
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I'm super impressed with the recall. Jealous, even.

You didn't do anything wrong at all. I think you handled it amazingly.

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Not your fault, at all. I'm a mom, out walking our dog with our three kids on a daily basis now that school is out, and i have to say, I am "sooper- dooper" hyper vigilant when it comes to predicting situations - as she should have been. As someone else said, I think you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, no fault of your own. I'm quite certain that if you and your dog hadn't initiated the dog's excited state at that moment, it wouldn't have been long before another similar incident happened with a different dog, from the sound of how things were going for that mom. But like you said, it's hard not to feel a little badly toward the mom - I know all too well how things can quickly spiral out of control when it comes to dogs and kids! Just don't feel responsible. You're not to blame. And I do have to add - sounds like that mom was wound pretty tightly from your description! She may need to take some deep breaths of her own so as not to create the craziness when she's out with her kids and her dog.
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I agree with everyone that it wasn't your fault that the boy got bit by his dog. I also agree that you should be more careful when approached by dogs that you don't know. Gunner is wonderful with all dogs. Honey is giving me a challenge, especially small dogs. I will not let anyone approach us anymore and it's probably for the best. You just never know.

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