lefty's random dog thread. - Page 191
Which is the usual story.
No idea. I'm sure JLib will know. I thought it was a pretty good shot.
I thought it was a pretty accurate shot as well, which, in part, is why I ask the question - a dog running at you doesn't seem the easiest target to me. Maybe the dog would have bitten, but it wasn't going to kill the officer. A stray bullet, I would think, would have had a much better chance of killing a bystander. Use of potentially lethal force against the dog may have been justified, but in the form of a bullet in the middle of a crowded street - I don't think so. One assumes a certain amount of risk when choosing a career as a police officer. Easy for me to say from behind my keyboard, I suppose.
Appears that this dog has survived (so far), but some cops sure do! That explanation makes sense, thanks.
Edited by dcg - 8/16/12 at 9:37pm
I've been told by many "experts" (her vet, breeder, ppl with a lot more experience with dogs than me) that this is innate to the breed, and they'd be more surprised if she behaved like the other dogs at the park, there's far too much stimulation for a Pyr at a dog park, etc. While I think this is mostly true, part of me thinks what they want to really say is that I did a shitty job socializing my dog.
I doubt very seriously that you did a "shitty" job socializing your dog. If getting a dog that would be an ideal fit in a dog park was a major priority, you shouldn't have gotten a Pyr or any other livestock guardian breed, just as you wouldn't get a fighting breed.
However, all really serious dog people I know (as opposed to saphead "dog lovers") shun dog parks--filthy places, ideal for picking up fleas and diseases and getting into impromptu dogfights!
I'm confident lefty will back up what I'm saying about Pyrs.
I'm curious though - would her behaviour in dog parks be an accurate predictor of how she'd do if introduced into a proper pack?
Gratuitous shot of her:
I have met some level-headed dog owners at the park, but most are as you've described. The comments and looks I got after some tense situations were hilarious - most of them after I've gotten control of mine while they do nothing. Stupid ass people.
You can't be surprised when your Beagle runs away for three hours on a scent.
Or your Jack Russell digs up the garden.
Or your Whippet runs down a squirrel.
You can't be surprised when your big rough dog acts like a big rough dog.
If they're worth their salt, dogs will scrap with each other especially in a dog park situation. It usually amounts to nothing and is not worth fretting over too much. Now, you have a large dog with a lot of coat so if he's smacking around smaller shorter-haired dogs they're going to get bloody and you will have some unhappy owners. If you want some canine/human socialization, find the one or two dogs/people you like and walk with them. Dogs are far calmer and less apt to fight while moving. In fact, that is a good way to introduce strange dogs to each other - long walks on lead until you're reasonably sure they're good with each other.
When you say "proper pack" what are you referring to?
Nice jump on the greyhound.
Funny you mention the motion thing.....I'm currently dog sitting a friend's male sheltie; first day I discover he's very standoffish and doesn't want to have anything to do with Yoda, which kind of fuelled her to pester him even more; basically, she just walked around after him forcing him to retreat under the kitchen table and chair legs. I walked them at the same time that evening both on leads, and after both seemed to tolerate each other a lot more than prior. We're two weeks in and no incidents.
He certainly exhibits some weird behaviours: several times a day he humps the shit out of the stuffed elephant you see in the picture getting pretty aggressive with it; a few days ago I found the elephant's tail detached and sticking out from under my couch...I'm sure a product of one oh his sessions; he'll sometimes bark when me or a family member opens a bedroom door to walk down the hallway in to the family room where he is; he doesn't raise a leg when he pees...well sometimes a foreleg.