This is a plea to owners of small dogs to not allow them to rush up to big dogs, yapping belligerently either in their faces or around their heels.
It is not cute or brave as many owners of little dogs seem to imagine, as they laugh and say "Oh, Fluffy thinks he's a rottweiler". whilst making no attempt to call the dog back, even when asked.
As the owner of a German Shepherd, I'm tired of repeatedly having to interrupt our walk on the beach by having her sit and stay, obediently ignoring the ***** little dog that is so stupidly and aggressively yapping right in her face.
One such owner this morning didn't make any move to call the dog to her, laughed as she strolled the 50 metres or so to belatedly leash the dog. At this stage, she cuddled the creature and fondly said "naughty girl".
The dog naturally enough perceives the affection and the pleasant tone of voice from its owner as endorsement for its behaviour.
Next time, I'll be sorely tempted to release my dog from her stay position.
So please, people, if you have such a dog, for god's sake give it some training and don't allow it to be a nuisance to others.