Great Dane Drags Dog Walker, Knocks Down Woman

No laws were broken and nobody was seriously injured in the incident, but police are keeping tabs on the large canine, a regular on South Avenue.


New Canaan police are following up on an unusual incident on South Avenue involving a dog walker and a big dog that showed signs of aggression.

At about 10:43 a.m. on Feb. 15, a Great Dane—not yet full grown (the dog pictured is not the same one in question, just an example of what the AKC says normally is a very gentle, friendly breed)—dragged his dog walker toward another leashed dog on the sidewalk in an aggressive manner, knocking down that second dog’s owner, according to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt of the New Canaan Police Department’s animal control unit.

No one was hurt and no laws were broken, though both parties were scared, Kleinschmitt said, and the Great Dane’s owner—out of town at the time—regularly runs his dogs in the area of 184 South Ave.

“We will speak to the owner and it’s just a matter of keeping an eye on it and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Kleinschmitt said.

Alanna EN February 24, 2013 at 03:13 PM
When a dog walker takes on a client who owns a Great Dane, I am assuming they told the owner they could handle a giant breed dog. Danes are big and maintaining control is key. I have hired walkers for my Dane and if they tell me they can handle him and are comfortable with it I have taken their word for it. It is not aggressive behavior when he pulled towarda another dog necessarily. The walker isn't cut out for the job apparently. A walker knows to bring treats and walk the other way or at least should know that. Danes are gentle giants and also friendly! Don't paint this dog as aggressive for this incident-we weren't there.
Canaanite February 26, 2013 at 02:45 AM
. . . and yet it's amazing how people are surprised that dogs are DOGS . . . not people, who are hard enough to control and manipulate . . . but unpredictable DOGS.
NCNewcomer February 26, 2013 at 05:17 PM
A typically gentle breed of dog means nothing to a particular dog. A good friend of mine raised in a very gentle home has a very unpredictable temperament and will be aggressive and will bite without provocation. As stated above, we must all remember dogs (and lets face it, humans also) are unpredictable creatures, when we think we know what they're thinking is when we are at risk for trouble.
NCNewcomer February 26, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Sorry, that should be a good friend of mine "has a Great Dane who has been" raised in a very gentle home.... apologies for the ommission.
Baffled Resident February 26, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Patch doesn't have an "edit post" feature, but when i make an error, i just copy what i've posted and then delete the post and then paste the copy into the reply box, make the necessary corrections and submit.


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