It was 7 a.m. and I had just stepped onto the trail in Goosepond Mountain State Park, NY, when a German shepherd came barreling over the brow of a hill and headed straight for my leashed dogs. Bella, our foxhound, is typically low key and didn’t seem phased by this assault. Jason, our husky mix, is insecure and leash aggressive and began to lunge at the shepherd as he circled us. I yelled at the dog to “go away” and kicked out at him but he just kept getting into Jason’s face. Eventually, the owner sauntered over the brow and shouted, “Don’t worry, he gets along with everyone.”
It didn’t matter to this man that my dog was obviously distressed and I was struggling to try to prevent his dog from getting tangled in the leashes. I can’t begin to tell you how many times this used to happen with my previous dog, Lucy, a Rottweiler mix who was dog aggressive. She was always on a leash. I would shout at the owners of the loose dog to please keep their dog away from Lucy because she was aggressive. And I would always get the “Oh, don’t worry my dog gets along with all dogs” or “my dog is friendly” response.
It’s a Privilege to Hike in State Parks with Dogs
Didn’t they hear me say that my dog was aggressive? It was so infuriating and still bothers me today when I see this type of disrespect for other dog owners and hikers. It’s a privilege to be allowed to take our dogs hiking in public and state parks. Everyone can enjoy the experience if dog owners exercise common courtesy.