One of my dogs is fear-aggressive. I don't muzzle him, I don't think it's necessary as it removes his ability to defend himself which puts him on edge which makes his issues worse. That said, I always have 100% control over my dog. If someone else's dog is not under their control and invades our space, I can't be held responsible. I know his history, I know his body language, I can read him like a book, but no matter how well-adjusted he may yet become, I will NEVER trust him off lead in a public place.
My previous border collie was attacked as a pup by 2 dogs !!
The owner stood back and watched with a smirk on his face as I tried to seperate her from them..........
End result for me was a few bite wounds on on my scared stiff pup :cry:
End Result for him was 1 dog having to be put down and the other one was stiff and sore for a while....
The owner was a very lucky individual ( my wife was with me at the time )
i hate these things, i have 3 amstaffs 1 border collie cross and a chihuahua and my amstaffs get regulaly mistaken for pitbulls. some people wen walkimg past react badly. e.g an old woman walking past my 5 year old amstaff decides to scream as she walks past him "thats a pitbull its gonna bite me" i corrected her that he was an amstaff and that screaming and waving her arms around was one good way to scare a dog and get it to bite. .