Earlier this year (before I saw the light regarding leash laws) I was walking our dogs off leash at Strawberry Fields (not in the dog park and completely breaking the city ordinance) when I came across a woman with a gorgeous Golden Retriever. The dogs introduced themselves and the woman and I walked along chatting when all of a sudden a dog fight broke out. Rodrigo decided that he wanted the Golden’s ball and the Golden wasn’t having it.
We split the dogs up, checked for injuries, and leashed our dogs up. The Golden was so cute, because although he knew that his mom wasn’t happy with him, he ran and grabbed his ball, brought it back, sat it down, then sat down nicely to be leashed. Dogs are amazing!
The woman turned to me and said something like…
That just blew me away and I slowly smiled until my head split in two. I wasn’t judging her choice to bring a ball; I was thinking that I needed to work with Rodrigo on understanding that every toy doesn’t belong to him. Never in the nearly 3 years that we’ve had dogs have I ever heard an owner admit their own fault after a dog fight.
We all learn something when our dogs have a curfuffle. As long as no one is seriously injured (Rodrigo did get hurt and had to go to the vet a couple days later), then I think we should be able to take from the experience a lesson and a training opportunity.
My lesson was that if I see that another dog has a toy, I should ask the dog owner to confiscate the toy before allowing our dogs to play.
What have you learned about your dogs and other dogs as a dog parent?