I have 3 small dogs.
They are not dominant, submissive or aggressive.
In fact, they love everyone..... other dogs, cats, children etc.
One of them was attacked a couple of years ago by a staff. He was on a lead at the time, the other dog wasn't. I posted about it on here.(luckily my dog was unhurt, shaken up, but not as much as I was)
There were then a couple of other incidents in Nunhead cemetery where larger dogs took a dislike to mine, & only intervention from the owners prevented attacks from occuring.
Now I am in the sad situation where we never go to the cemetery, never go to Peckham Rye park......Never go anywhere, apart from pavement walking on the lead. I take my dogs out one at a time now, rather than altogether, which is both tiring & time-consuming,
If I do see a staff/bull breed/ large dog coming towards us, I cross over or pick my dog up.
All because I don't feel safe anymore.
The way things are going, it is only going to get worse.
Small dogs will be always be at risk unless there is a law to prevent dogs running free in public places, by being kept on leads.
And before all the responsible dog owners reply and say it's not fair to them if their well-behaved sociable dogs should be penalised by being kept on a lead........
Sorry, but I'm a responsible dog owner & I have to keep mine on a lead in order to protect them