I've just returned from a walk with Dennis and Darcy - the GR that was involved in the dog fight last year and who has now left me with a lovely tooth shaped scar on my wrist as a reminder. Learning the hard way on how Darcy behaves I have no trust with him off his lead unless we are somewhere I know not many dogs will be walked. So today we went to the woods. You can go a whole walk without bumping into anyone - it's perfect! All was going well until the very end when I spotted a black lab approaching round the corner. I placed Darcy on the lead as a precaution until I could established whether the dog was male/female (he only has issues with other entire males) but I then noticed the two other labs also. I have seen these dogs before and I know instantly that one is a full male. This male is not shy and retiring either. His body language says it all as he approaches full of confidence and bravado. * This really makes me angry. The owners can see I have mine on a lead and just allow their three dogs to approach us* Darcy starts growling instantly which makes me very nervous so I tell them 'this is an entire male and he will not hesitate in attacking yours' whilst walking past extremely quickly and Darcy being on a short lead. It's scary because I know how quickly and how strong Darcy can be in that mode. She then in the heat of it tries to take Dennis with her thinking he is hers! NONE of them were wearing collars either and I didn't see any dog leads. Who thinks it's acceptable to go out in public with no collars or leads available?? then to allow them to approach? sorry rant over! Phew.