While people are walking their dogs on a leash it seems they are very respectful of other dog walkers. Everybody chokes up on the lead so they can pull their pups apart if they don't get along. The dogs can sniff each other out and say hello.
Somehow when I've been throwing the ball for my dog lately people half a kilometre feel like sending their pooch over to play. Bad idea.
It usually goes down like this. Pick a field with nobody around. Toss the ball, keeping an eye out for other dogs. Spot another dog, hook mine on the leash. Dog runs over without an owner, sometimes the person sends them over. My dog is totally focused on the ball and pissed about the interruption. Other guy's dog gets in my dog's space and fights on, me in the middle yanking on my pup's leash and literally stepping in between the two with my body until the other dog F's off.
So if you see somebody playing fetch please don't just direct your dog over to the action. Walk up with your doggie on a leash and talk to the other owner. In my case I'd tell you that my pup gets really aggressive when playing ball and it's not a good idea for her to mix with dogs she doesn't know.
Think I'll try waving around the ball flinger to shoo the dogs away if they are coming over. Don't know what else to do. Ideas?