Wear the Rubber off your Soles

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November 15, 2005

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Irish Wolf Hound

That's right, my Irish Wolf Hound can take me any day...

Kirk Hanna

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steven davies

Owners must take care for their canines.And the best way to do this is dog training.

Jared

I forgot to mention: (1) it was a pitbull, (2) I had great fear and apprehension of imminent bodily harm, (3) I had on my headphones and for all I know there was some owner somewhere calling the dog home -- "Lady(or other harmless sounding name here). Come Lady. C'mon sweetie-pie. Oh, poor girl. Did that crazy running and yelling strange man scare you?".

Jared

I generally agree. I run almost daily through an old neighborhood in east Toledo that can be rough. I never worry about the people messing with me -- it is the dogs, which in my experience, have a very limited ability to behave rationally, that give me cause for concern. This neighborhood seems to be home to an inordinate number of angry, territorial dogs -- including many pitbulls. I guess in this neighborhood it must be considered cheap home security. Most of the time people are responsible dog owners and keep the dogs behind a fence, or, when out and about for a doodie break, on a leash. Once in a while someone is either irresponsible or lazy and allows one of these dogs (remember, angry and territorial) to roam free. I encountered just such an animal a couple of months ago where he an I were the only individuals on the street. He came tearing out from some hidden alcove and came directly at me from my right. He barked and growled at me. I instinctually exhaled an "Oh Dude!" as he approached but did not panic. He stopped short of jumping me and I simply kept my gait and pace the same. I felt more of a fight and flight reaction. I continued to jog along but looked the dog in the face and yelled "GO HOME!" in the most commanding voice I could muster. The fool continued to bark and keep up with me for about a block until he backed off and presumably went home. So, I agree with you that the alpha thing more or less worked for me, but that also the movement off his turf ended the conflict. Call me wuss, but I now try to avoid that block and will take a different route. I also will alter my route to avoid canine/human conflicts where possible. Like avoiding dealing with dangerously ingnorant humans, I would just rather avoid dealing with idoitic badly behaved dogs where possible too.

Jared

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