Can we get rid of this idea that dogs need to meet and be friends, you can and should pet every dog you meet, or that you have the right to let your dog over to every other dog?
I was at a busy dog event with my two, everyone was doing fine, they were at one stage lying asleep under a tree in the middle of a crowd of people and dogs sitting down. When other dogs barked or freaked out, they just looked at me for guidance.
But one person's dog, for whatever reason, just spooked them a little. It was choking itself straining at the end of the lead to get to all the other dogs and it may have been the grunting choking noise that was worrying them.
So I looked around, saw what was worrying them, and moved out of the way. The woman and her dog approached us. I walked rapidly backwards saying "Oh sorry, we're not saying hello today, could you give us some space please, excuse me, please give me some space, no seriously back off, stop following me, what the fuck is wrong with you Jesus Christ!"
Yes, it was all one sentence. All while holding out my hand in a 'stop' signal and backing away with my dogs. So even if she was deaf, there was no excuse.
She, meanwhile, chased us through the crowd with her manic dog saying "Oh, go say hello to the dog, go say hello!"
At this point we were backed up against a concrete wall and my dogs were sitting behind me. The more nervous dog decided that obviously this wasn't working as an approach and jumped out and snarled and barked. In fairness to her, her approach worked better than mine. The woman pulled back her dog, stood there for a moment staring at us, and walked off. I cursed at her again as she left. I'm not normally one for swearing, but there are times it just seems necessary.
Be careful about 'pits' attacking people on the news- if it's a labrador that attacks someone, it sounds a bit better if it's a 'pit' .
So many of these things just seem stupidly avoidable. I have terriers. If I had recently adopted a terrier, and was bringing it to another dog's house, when that dog is elderly, I would muzzle it or introduce first in a neutral situation. Dogs are dangerous, or have the potential to be so. So you exercise basic caution. If you can't hold your dog and it's sometimes aggressive, you muzzle it.