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Walk encounter with Irresponsible Dog Owner

UPDATED with Video

We were doing our daily night walk at the park, as we finished our walk, we let the dogs roam around a small space, Amber was practicing her stay command, we had another dog with us so we walked her around the small space for a bit, this dog had pretty serious aggression towards other dogs and was undergoing rehabilitation.

We did see from far that a man was walking his dog, a golden retriever, he seemed to be looking at our direction but since the dog was on leash we just ignored, as he got closer to us, I noticed the dog with me growling towards the direction of the golden retriever, all of a sudden the man put his golden retriever off leash and it dashed right towards us, the dog with me started to snap at it, I blocked them and the golden retriever kept pushing forward so I pushed it away, apparently the golden retriever didn't even know that the dog with me was aggressive, felt a few teeth sensation from her on my legs as I blocked, the dog with me was obviously feeling very insecure from this unexpected greeting.

What's worst was the man SLOWLY walked towards his dog after seeing that we were pissed, he held both his hands tightly onto the leash and pulled hard, attempting to swing his golden retriever in a circle, as a form of punishment we supposed, though the golden retriever was heavy, we could clearly see that the owner was using his full strength, poor dog was lifted into the air a bit. I walked towards him and told him not to let his dog off leash towards other dogs in future, he faked a smile and walked off, in order not to let the dog with me remember the bad experience, I walked her towards the golden retriever again, she managed to ignored after a few repetition.

We do understand that a lot of owners who stay in flats wish to own a large breed dog, however one needs to be responsible and not behave like a kid, the golden retriever although won't risk any fatal injuries from my small dog, will feel the pain if bitten and may in return snap back at the dog with me, with a dog this size it could just end everything with one bite when this happens, who is to blame? Would the owner compensate because his dog ran over first, or would he blame my aggressive dog instead for triggering the fight?



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