I went hunting on public land with my dog (Divot) and a buddy with his son and their dog. We got separated while Divot was retrieving a crippled rooster that had run off. I was startled by a lot of commotion. I looked down a hedgerow about 70 yards away and my buddy's dog was in a fight with another dog. At that time, I whistle sat my dog and we stayed at a distance watching the ruckus. I was proud of him obeying my WHISTLE SIT command. I was also little perturbed because the other dogs owner was laughing at the two dogs fighting. Eventually they separated and each went on his way. I found out later (one-sided story) that the other dog had come running over with his lip curled and teeth showing. That he also had bit the boot of my buddy's son who was trying to separate them. I understand later that night my buddy's dog became lame and had puncture wounds from teeth bite in his chest and front legs. He'll be on the "injured reserve" list for a couple of weeks.
Has anyone else experienced a situation like this? Why the heck was that guy laughing? What does everyone do with a situation like that? Why do people bring an uncontrolled dog into the field?
Thankfully, my dog was not involved at all. -- Others who saw the incident remarked at how he remote sat on the whistle. I told them that's what we train for. Ninety percent of the dogs we run into while out on public land are untrained and run all over the place - there are exceptions but they are few and far between in NJ. I guess there's no way to stop this but yet another reason we should train our dogs. (I'm preaching to the choir - I'm sure)