It happened last week after my parents had left. I took Hailey and Zaphod for our morning walk. As we were coming back, our neighbour came out of the bush on his ATV with his off leash dog, a 10 year old weimaraner named Ghost.
|The guilty party|
Why do I think this happened?
1) My dogs don't see enough other dogs on leash
2) They were both very aroused (the ATV probably didn't help)
3) Since we have lived here Ghost's owner fostered another weimaraner named Shadow. Shadow was aggressive with Zaphod several times (and actually bit the Man one time) and I think Zaphod has confused the two and was trying to protect us.
What I learned:
If I am going to let Zaphod off leash to greet Ghost (as he is the dog we are most likely to see and Ghost is never on leash), I need to do it before his arousal gets too high. I also need to find ways to have the two of them meet other dogs on leash. It is hard because our walks are usually very early before reasonable people walk their dogs and if I am alone, I can't control the two. Also, while there are a lot of dogs around in the country, I only see 2 other people out walking them at all (and one I know has unfriendly dogs). I guess when the weather gets better we are going to have to go to the city more to test his social skills.
That was Zaphod's mischief. I was left upset and shaking, but in the end no one was hurt, so I guess that is what matters.