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We were walking along a small woodland trail near the beach which has a tarmac path an a childrens play park nearby. We meet Ben's two friends which are big irish wolf hounds and he said hello and we carried on. There was a woman walking towards me but i could see no dog so we kept going. Out of nowhere this jack russel dog flew towards us with teeth snarling when for Ben! 8O I was now in a panic and managed to grab the jack russel by the scruff and pull it away. Ben was now cowering behind me and I was angry. I gave the dog a shake, let go and shouted at it and luckly it scarpered. The best of it was the woman walking towards me had passed by and kept going, and when I looked back it was her bl**dy dog! :shock: She did'nt even try to help, she just stood there calling it back! I shouted "your dog should be on a bl**dy lead with a muzzle on!" to no reply, she just walked off!! :shock: :-x . She never even asked if my dog was ok. After this we were both abit shaken up so we went back to the car. While we were in the car park another lab came over to say hello, but ben hide behind me with his tail between his leg, he has always been very confident with other dogs but now he is scared. Should I report this incident to the police as it could have been a child ? Why are so many owners irresponsible when they know there dog is aggressive! :( , If i see a dog coming towards me on a lead, I but ben on a lead just incase. There not all aggressive when on leads but sometimes there is a reason for it like Ben.

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awwwwww poor ben :( looks like you will have to build his confidence back up and you were lucky you didnt get bitten but then spare of the moment you just react without thinking...jack russel"s are nippy lil dogs at the best of time..i cant beleive that woman said nothing cheek of her..
if you going to report it the only thing is there is no address for this person? im the same as you if i see a person put there dog on the lead when my dogs are around i do the same call mine back and put them onthe lead its only curtiess (sorry im no good at spelling) as you dont know how the other dog will react
there certainly are some stupid ppl around lately

hope ben gets over his lil shock and you too
 

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Poor Ben. Hope you both get over that shock soon. Some people shouldn't be allowed dogs if they can't control them properly - that's what worries me more, as I know Corbie is ok with other dogs, but you just don't know if others let off are friendly or not. :(

When I was about two I was out for a walk by our house with my parents and their first dog, a westie, when this jack russell came over and grabbed hold of Jamie's leg (the westie). Dad picked him up quickly but the jack russell was still grabbing hold and dangling. Luckily Jamie was alright, but my parents had a go at the owner as not only did it get their dog, but it could've done that to me as well.

I'm not dissing Jack Russells (the dog just happened to be one as well), just irresponsible owners!
 

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Hi,

Thanks, Ben seems ok now. He is upto his and Corbies favorite pass time of pinching the washing at the moment :lol: We will have to put something in those socks Karen! (I'm sure they must be related!!!!) I have just looked down the garden to see a trail of socks and pants going all the way down :shock: ! Great!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Hi Cristina,

The gust of wind yesterday didnt put Ben off washing then? :)

I'm glad Ben is OK after his horrible experience, it makes you so angry with irresponsible owners :x

There is a vicious dog who tries to attack Harvey at my daughters school (even when its on it's lead). Luckily the owner has got the 'hint' from my comments - she has stopped bringing it. I can't believe she would bring a dog anywhere a school! ! !

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Sorry to hear about your encounter.
Why are so many owners irresponsible
- the eternal question.

You could report it to the dog warden. Was Ben injured? and was he on a lead? Unfortunately, dog on dog agression is not treated the same way as dog on human agression, and the only way a dog is considered under control is if they are on a lead.
As far as Ben goes, if he has had lots of good socialisation with other dogs before this and you get him socialising with other steady dogs asap, there should be no lasting effects. Although it's natural to want to reassure him, it will send signals to him that he is right to be afraid, so best thing is to treat him as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, these things happen all too frequently. If he wasn't injured (a lot of dogs can be noisy) then I would put it down to experience. The other thing to remember (I'm not saying it was in your case) is that labradors can be very 'in your face' dogs, which some dogs are threatened by, and they will be reading body language long before they get near each other.
Hope he's back to his normal self soon.
:) HTH
 

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Cristina,hope ben's feeling better now,you are much more composed than me as i would have had an fit,i just hate owners like that,when dylan was attacked on the wirral way the silly woman with the dobie did at least apologise but the point is according to the other dog walkers she knows he's a nutter but wont accept it so now dylan loses out as i no longer go there.anyway ben will bounce back and soon forget about it hopefully,give him a big sloppy kiss from dylan,Lynne.
 

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Hi Clair,drove through moreton the other day went to tesco's in bidston moss and rspca in wallasey and hubby was bought up in greasby so had a good old drive around,i'm in Great Sutton,between chester and the port,Lynne,
 

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Attack

We sometimes take Jess down to a big park down by the river where lots of other people take there dogs. When Jess was about 4 months old i was out early one morning walking her along on the lead when this HUGE German Shepherd made a run for her growling.

I managed to lift her up just in time but this dog wasn't for giving up and started trying to jump at me to get to Jess. The owner came running after it shouting at it but it never paid attention so i gave it a boot.

When he finally got his a hold of his dog he was claiming it had never done it before. He got a mouthful before walking of with his dog still off the lead.

Good thing was Jess was never really bothered that much by it and her best friend now is a German Shepherd the same age as her. This guy still walks his dog off the lead in the same area so i wonder if anything else has happened.

The only thing that i have to worry about when Jess is off the lead is if she is gonna lick anyone. although she has a phobia of little white Dogs.
She's petrified of them.
 

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Hi lab lover,

Ben was on his lead as he can't be let off as he is under vet treatment at the moment, For his ocd. He was not hurt, like you said more noise than anything. I think I was so shaken and Angry that i forgot to reassure ben anyway (horrid I know) but maybe that was the best thing to do. He has been very well socialized since he was 8 weeks old, the problem will be meeting other dog when he is only allowed a 10 min walk a day. I think if I linger to long they will all think I'm weird or a stalker!!!! 8O :lol:

Hi Fay,
No the wash line has not put him off the washing! :lol: He pinches it out the baskets and even the machine! :lol:

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Hi Cristina

Sorry to hear about you and Ben's bad experience. It's a shame we don't live nearer as I would bring Buster round for Ben to play with :D , then he would know not all dogs are snappy.

I worry about this happening when I take Buster to the park because he is so friendly and unfortunatly not all dogs are!

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Hi Cristina
I do hope that you are feeling better after your ordeal. I am sure when you next take Ben out if you give him encouragement when you see another dog, and not send vibes down the lead because you may feel a little nervous especially if it is a JRT He will be fine.

This is exactly a situation I was thinking of when I posted re Clair and her dogs, unfortunately these things happen situations beyond your control.
 

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Thanks for that megaloo,

Ben is back to his naughty self.I read what everyone had put on clair's post and agreed, It just so upsetting there are so many irresponsible dog owners out there. I know we are having alot of complaints on the Island about uncontrolable dogs at the moment, but I expect it's the same everywhere. :(

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Hi Christina

Sorry to hear about you and Ben's ordeal today, it's not very nice especially when it affects your dog's confidence and its totally out of your control. Personally I would go back again (without Ben) and follow this woman back to her house and report her to the local council. She obviously has no regard for the law of keeping your dog under control in a public place.

The right thing to do is to get Ben socilising with other dogs asap so as not to indicate to him that fear is a good response. Perhaps getting him involved in a local dog club with other dogs might boost his confidence at least the dogs there will be under a controlled environment.

What part of the IOW do you live in I know it very well I use to visit every weekend when I was younger growing up on Hayling Island? I love visiting the Island every now and then brings back so many childhood memories.

Take care

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Hi Michaela - Hope you don't mind me commenting on your question to Cristina, but I've visited Hayling quite a bit when I was younger as an uncle has always lived there. I used to love the fairground near the beach when I was little! :D I grew up in nearby Emsworth where my parents still live :D Hope to be going back south to visit them in June.

Small world! :D
 

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Hi Micheala,

I live in Newport on the Island but spend a lot of time in Ryde as the family all live there, plus it has a great beach. Most of my relatives live in yorkshire (halifax) and my nan still owns a row of houses up there and a field too. We do go for the odd visit now and then but to be honest it scares me! Life on the Island is very different to up there, I suppose we are quite isolated really. Which is good in some ways. Just a shame it costs neary £50 to get off it! :lol:

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Hi Karen

My Mum & Dad had a flat right next to the fairground overlooking the beach! We would go there every weekend & holidays to stay I would be the small girl walking the minature daushound Rosey up and down the beach all day my constant doggie companion when I was growing up!
I haven't been back to Hayling Island since I was 16/17 when they dug up the Mary Rose.
I do miss the beach & sea being in Yorkshire now but I also love the countryside up here torn or what!

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Hi Cristina

I know Newport very well, I was there last year for Cowes week with my boyfriend he had never been to the IOW before, he came, he saw and wants to come again this year, I'm fine with that I love it there. I love Cowes as Mum & Dad were very much into boats and would bring theirs across each weekend so it's lovely to go back and catch up on places and memories. I know what you mean about the ferries they are wickedly expensive if you bring your car across and you need the car to get around.
Don't be frightened of Yorkshire it's lovely up here too, like I said I get so torn living here and wanting the beach and to see the sea.

Michaela
 
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