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So I was just out at a field with my dog. She was off leash and we were playing a nice game of fetch with a glorious stick she found when a dog comes running at us.

Now, my dog is reactive to dogs that are assertive/aggressive/rude to her. So, I see the dog's posture and I throw my girl on leash. I call to the other owner and ask if his dog is friendly (why do I bother?! They ALWAYS say yes). And, of course, his dog gets right in my dog's face.

I was really proud of my girl because she stood there wagging her tail while the other dog stood there with a pin straight tail and it's hackles starting to show. I thought.. here we go again. The dog starts barking right in my girl's face and the guy is trying to call his dog with no success.

In hopes this doesn't turn into a brawl, I start marching away with my dog on leash and his dog continues to follow us until finally, it runs back to its owner.

And then.. HE DOESN'T LEAVE! The owner stays with his dog about 20 feet from us so we can't continue playing and WE have to leave the area. GRRRR!!! I hate how oblivious some people are!

RANT OVER. Thank you for your patience. :)
 

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Yeah, it's hard to find the right balance between letting it go to see what happens and being appropriately cautious.

In this instance, I was feeling uneasy because the off leash dog was getting increasingly amped up while it's owner just stood there about 30 or so feet away.

I can easily gain control of my 70lb dog in the event of an emergency but I didn't feel confident I could separate both dogs if I needed to so I didn't want to let it go too far.
 
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