DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT ON A LEASH IN PUBLIC. Its a shame, but that is the way things are now. Kids do not meet dogs, dogs do not meet kids, so they do not become mutually familiar. Which is another shame. Modern dogs are not traffic wise.
A dog will do what it thinks is necessary, or what he thinks is his duty. That may not be what its owner wanted ir expected it to do.
I once read in a military magazine about why terrorists don't like dogs. The example described a scene where a little bimbo is beating a soldier with her hand bag. Eventually the squaddy hits her back .... just as the newspaper photographer clicks his shutter. The squaddy is then embarressed, if not in deep do-do. The terrorists claims a moral victory. The photograph did not show the lump of lead
in the handbag. A dog will just bite, and not be embarrassed.
I have walked two German Shepherds through the heaving crowds at the Brecon Jazz festival, no problems. Leash goes tight, I look down, and find somebody's granny giving them a cuddle. That is the way it should be. I took the same two dogs along the High Street in Tottenham .... and suddenly realised that I was the only pedestrian. Everybody else had ducked into the nearest shops. Shame!
I have been bitten four times (and stitched twice), three times while trying to break up dog-fights, and once immediately after the dog's owner said "He doesn't bite!"
Quickly followed by "Oh ..... he's never done that before!"
I just shrugged shoulders, pretended to be brave. Itched like crazy while it was healing.
My mate got between his and another dog that was lining up. The other dog dived in took a bite.... and missed ... bit my mate's thumb off. Dogs were booted back into kitchen and car, mate headed for hospital, where they stitched his thumb back on (he refused general anaesthetic - wanted to watch
) Both dogs died of old age. Both dogs were big softies, just didn't like each other, for some unknown reason.
If my dog does damage, I'm liable. If somebody's brat does damage, nobody is liable. Don't seem right, somehow.