I love dogs and have 2 Jack Russels myself but dogs are becoming a problem on my runs in the woods! Today a man with 2 large dogs (one a husky, Alsatian cross came trotting towards me so I stopped and stood still - he made no attempt to call it back and it came right up to me and sniffed me even though I was frightened and didn't want to stroke it). I had to ask him to call it back to him as I did not know if it was friendly or not. He said "doesn't it look friendly to you?" I tried to say that as I have never met his dog before, I do not know. A bit further down the track, two Alsatians off the lead.
I know we have to share the tracks but it would be good if owners of dogs could call them back when a runner approaches, I always walk past or if I am worried, stop altogether. Last week an over friendly Staffie was running after me and jumping to shoulder height in delight at finding me, the owners said "it is ok, he is friendly" but he bashed my knee causing a large bruise.
I love to meet a friendly, well behaved dog and always stop for a stroke if the owners say they are ok but there are these large, over excited, uncontrolled dogs and they worry me. Anyone else had issues? Here is my dog Max, he is a gentleman on a run