07-23-2019, 08:08 AM
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Urban Europe
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Oh.... and don't take the owner's word for anything. A LOT of people have no idea what they are doing and/or what their dogs are really like.
For example, a couple of weeks ago we were walking in a wooded area where dogs are allowed to walk off leash. An approaching woman's dog fixated on my dog and charged him from at least 10m away. Her dog was a lab so one of the least likely dogs out there to be innately aggressive.
My dog is somewhat anxious of larger dogs at the best of times and usually keeps his distance. When this hulk of a thing was bearing down on him he freaked out, yelped and ran away, which just made things worse because the larger dog tried to catch him. I called my dog and he came straight to me and hid between my legs while the woman roped in her dog and put him on a leash.
Then she said (here is comes), "HE NEVER DOES THIS".
That dog's body language was stiff and fixated from the moment he spotted us. I spotted it a mile away and it was the first time I had ever seen that dog. The owner didn't spot it at all and had no idea what happened.....
My point here is that owners sometimes lack the skills to neutrally evaluate their own dog. These same owners are usually the ones who make mistakes with training and/or socialization that causes unwanted behaviours such as anxiety and aggression. My guess, based on your son's injury is that the owners of the border collie are the LAST people you should listen to right now.
BTW, I googled the test I was referring to in my previous post. The most common one is called SAFER (Safety Assessment For Evaluation Rehoming). Most, if not all, shelters will be familiar with this test and will be a position to help you.
Last edited by dogslife; 07-23-2019 at 08:13 AM.