...would've drop-kicked the mutt into the river :-)
dog owners can be pure dicks
I'm also getting really annoyed at dog-owners who seem to think it's fine for their dogs to run up to you at full speed and bounce around you.
In such situations I sometimes think it would be nice if the local authorities had the power to impound the owners instead of (or as well as) the dogs.
Ah, so it sounds like the American style of dog training has reached the UK, lucky you.