Let me start off by saying how sorry I am that Amanda Merrin and her boyfriend lost their Chihuahua at the hands of an irresponsible dog owner at the dog park this past week. I may not be a fan of Chihuahuas but I hate the thought of this happening to anyone’s pet. I don’t blame the Husky or the breed. Anyone who has a Husky should know that they are working dogs. Working dogs have a job to do and an ingrained survival instinct. If you watch any nature show about sled dogs, most are chained together constantly and are usually fed raw meat. I would guess that if a small animal were to come too close the dog wouldn’t hesitate to pounce.
I would think that this holds true for most large, working dogs. This is why there are bans on certain breeds and signs at the park banning dogs in heat. Dogs have innate instincts. If you are not the pack leader of your dog, that dog will revert to what it knows best. I own a medium sized German Shepherd cross. Does anyone see how gentle she is or how good she is with kids? No. They see a Shepherd. I’ve brought my dog to that dog park and have watched the owners all huddle around the picnic tables, forgetting that they have a wild animal roaming around with other wild animals and kids. Do I let my dog wonder off without watching her? No. Do I pay attention to her behavior constantly? Yes. I trust her, but do I want her herding other dogs? No. Do I want her eating a burger from a child’s hand? No. Not that she would. She learned that lesson from the first day I brought her home four years ago. She may not work for me but she has earned her chow. She has caught a mouse or two and even a chipmunk that was foolish enough to venture into my home. Did I want it out of my house? Yes. Did I want her to catch and kill it? No.
The last time I went to that dog park was over a year ago. A couple other owners and myself tried to get into the park but was held back by a small pack of dogs that were trying to escape through the in-door. One large puppy was trying to get out under the gate and got stuck. Was there an owner around to help this pup? No. We all ended up going in the out-door. It sickened me to see the disregard those owners have of their own animals.
I don’t even think the owner of the Husky knew their dog had killed another dog. I doubt anyone even saw what had happened. All owners were probably chatting amongst themselves around the picnic tables. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were having lunch while they were at it.