Yesterday, Wilco encountered his first bully. We had gone for a walk around our neighbourhood and stopped at a small park where 2 dogs, a small unknown breed and a Border Collie, were playing fetch. We let Wilco off lead and he pranced over to say hello. Just a few seconds later he was yelping and crying and trying desperately to get away from the bullies. He managed to escape and returned to our side with his tail between his legs.
The owner of the 2 dogs came over to apologize for the altercation and asked us to put our dog on lead. She mentioned that the Border Collie is very possessive of his tennis ball and that was the reason for the aggression. At the time we didn’t know how to respond to her. In hindsight we should have asked her why she would allow her dogs to be off leash and why she would allow them to have a toy that would provoke aggression.
Although Wilco was not physically harmed we wondered if he would be more fearful of other dogs in the future. We needn’t have worried, he was his social butterfly self at the off leash park today.