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PostSubject: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 8:50 pm

There has been a couple of issues lately where Reuben has been in difficult situations with other dogs and I do not know if I am handling them correctly.

There was an incident with Ty and I had hold of Reuben's harness and pulled him out of trouble kicking out at Ty to get him away

There was a second incident with three DA dogs and in this situation I picked Reuben up as zi thought three in one would be too much

The third incident was tonight when there was a bit of an altercation with another staffie Reuben was on lead so I swung him away literally like a hand bag out of the way of the other dog

In all three incidents there was no physical contact with any of the dogs due to me stepping in.
I feel it is my duty to protect him from getting into scuffles etc but my friend who owns Ty and Sasha was a little bit critical about how I intercept everything and don't let Reuben sort things out. He has now got me thinking that maybe I am the reason Reuben is nervous and do I make him more so by keep stepping in and dragging him out of harms way?

I would appreciate some honest feedback or thoughts on how you would handle the situation. My friend is pretty laid back about his two which does worry me at times

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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 8:56 pm

im a novice on this so not sure if my reply is any use , but i would do the same , i would pull him away , its more because im not stupid and i know if staffies set too then its goin to be near impossible too get them apart so better to be safe than sorry , dunno if i would of picked him up with him been not a handbag sized dog , may of again just tried to pull away

wiley met a dog today who hes met before , female dog she's lovely , only 9 months old but shes also black like the one that attacked him , he wasnt agresive towards her but he did give a little growl , whilst they were sniffing each other , not sure why ? but i pulled him away and said a firm no , i then stood talking to the lady for a while , her dog was sat down good as gold and wiley was stood up pretty much good as gold after been told
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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:00 pm

id be the same Jo. My lot can sort things out themselves but I refuse to take the chance of it escalating and only doing something when its took late. Like you say, we're there protectors.
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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:18 pm

I'd do the same, if things got bad then you've not got a chance of stopping it without getting hurt yourself. Its tricky though as like you said do we then make them nervous
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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 11:11 pm

I can understand why you're worried but like a good dog owner you don't want him involved in the first place.

It is hard and I think you're probably right you're making him worried but it's probably better than letting them fight in which case he (Or the other dog) could get hurt.

I tend to sort of put my dogs behind me and shout at any dogs that approach

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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Wed 02 Oct 2013, 11:32 pm

I don't know if it's right or not but I'd be doing the same. Cody has got into 1 fight before (not while with me) and it was extremely hard to stop. 2 very large grown men could not separate them and both ended up bitten by the dogs and both dogs were bitten. I have no idea how I would stop a fight whether Cody was off lead or on it so I will always try and avoid an actual confrontation and if it means removing Cody from the scene then I'll do that.
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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Thu 03 Oct 2013, 8:40 am

I would do exactly the same Jo tbh. It's just the way we are. I don't agree with letting them sort it out for themselves because we never what it could escalate to!

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PostSubject: Re: Confrontations - opinions please   Thu 03 Oct 2013, 12:00 pm

I think you are right in what you are doing Jo, I always step in before things could get out of hand. Reuben seems confident when you have your Northern Walks so he must be getting it from you spinner smile 
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