My Mum was bitten by two dogs a few months ago while out running, so now she is very scared of dogs running up to her, because she doesn't know if they will bite or not. She is 67 years old, less than 5 foot tall, with osteoporosis (brittle bones). If a middling-sized dog jumps up at her, even 'being friendly', she could easily be knocked to the ground and break bones.
The Dangerous Dogs act https://www.gov.uk/control-dog-public says that 'Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it... makes someone worried that it might injure them', which could be 'just' knocking over rather than biting.
Thank you. I will try to get myself out tomorrow morning, on a different route.
I don't think the dog was actually trying to hurt me, it was just jumping up on me and barking, and usually when dogs do that I just think it is a bit of a nuisance. But this was an ENORMOUS Great Dane type dog, with its paws on my shoulders it was taller than me, and nearly pushed me over. I didn't fancy it 'playing' with me on the ground.
The scariest bit was the owner though - she didn't try to call the dog off or anything, just stood there watching, and when I shouted 'ARGH HELP GET OFF BAD DOG' she called me 'f*cking mental' and swore at me for several minutes, and when I said 'Put your dog on a lead' she said 'F*ck off, my dog could bite you and chase you and kill you'.
If the owner had said sorry and put her dog straight on a lead, I would leave it. But since she was so nasty, I took a photo of the owner and the dog, I think I will send that to the police, in case anyone else reports it.
Hello all, long time no see I was attacked while I was running yesterday by a REALLY big dog, great dane sized. The owner was horrible too, she shouted and swore at me and was actually scarier than the dog! I have been feeling really frightened since it happened, and I did not go running yesterday. How can I get my confidence back, and not be so scared? I am even scared of leaving the house in case I see the owner again.