About rottweiler dog training..?

I was at a dog park today and saw a man ‘training’ his rottweiler in one of the most abusive ways I think I’ve ever seen. His dog had a choker chain style collar and attached to that was a leash that had to have been about twenty, twenty five feet long. He would wait for the dog to get distracted and then run full speed in another direction and yank the dog literally off of its feet and drag it until the dog could find its balance and follow him.

At first he was doing it outside of the park in an adjacent field but when the distractions weren’t plentiful enough, he brought the dog into the park itself. Because the dog’s leash was so long, it was wrapping around its legs and he wouldn’t even look back to see if the dog was alone or surrounded by other animals before he took off running–so there was risk of the lease wrapping around other dogs’ legs, which he had no concern for: he couldn’t have, since he would wait for the dog to be surrounded by other animals and distracted again before he would take off full speed and yank it again.

My question is…am I being ridiculous or is this excessively brutal? Also, is there anything I can do if I see him again? Like..film it and report him for animal cruelty?

Most importantly, is this some kind of an established training method? Because I’ve owned a good many dogs in my life and studied quite hard into training methods for difficult dogs and I’ve NEVER seen anything like this. I’ve always read that especially with rottweilers you should never use force. However several owners in the park called the man on his behavior, simply that it was dangerous to other animals (that whatever he did with his dog was his business but he had no right to endanger other pets) and his reaction was to become hostile and scream ‘how many dogs have you trained?’ and ‘how many titles have you won?’

So I suppose my last question would be if there’s some kind of title out there regarding who can treat their dogs the worst. Because those must have been the ones he’s ‘won’.
Just adding a few things…

To the person concerned about my butting into his business, my concern was for MY dog more than his. The dog is his property, I was just curious if this was classified as animal cruelty and if he’s being cruel, then I don’t care whose dog it is, it has a right to be treated with respect.

To the person who was asking why we were concerned for other animals: the leash was so long that other dogs who would walk over to investigate the dog (there’s a rule of no leashes in the gated area of the park, so…our dogs were not on leashes despite the fact that his was) would get their legs tangled in the leash as well. Since he wasn’t looking back to see what was going on with his animal, he wasn’t giving any thought to any other dogs that might get their legs tangled as well. And that is exactly why the leash rule is in place.
Just adding a few things…

To the person concerned about my butting into his business, my concern was for MY dog more than his. The dog is his property, I was just curious if this was classified as animal cruelty and if he’s being cruel, then I don’t care whose dog it is, it has a right to be treated with respect.

To the person who was asking why we were concerned for other animals: the leash was so long that other dogs who would walk over to investigate the dog (there’s a rule of no leashes in the gated area of the park, so…our dogs were not on leashes despite the fact that his was) would get their legs tangled in the leash as well. Since he wasn’t looking back to see what was going on with his animal, he wasn’t giving any thought to any other dogs that might get their legs tangled as well. And that is exactly why the leash rule is in place.

The dog itself was incredibly sweet, at least as far as we could tell. There was no aggression whatsoever, so no one feared its temper.
Wow. I screwed up on the adding details. And this is becoming a novel. I realize I need to leave this here for a few hours before I can officially ‘close’ it, but I would like to thank those who have responded.

My concern for the dog is that it wasn’t being called at any point (I watched this guy pull his dog for twenty minutes and I still have no idea what the dogs name is and if the guy even has a voice aside from screaming at concerned owners)

SO that being said, those who have assured me this is an accepted method, thank you. I’m still wary that the poor thing had no warning before being yanked off of his feet and that the man had no respect for other people’s dogs but I’m…I can’t say happy to know but I hope you get the gist, that this wasn’t some bizarre thing he made up in his head thinking being aggressive like this with a rottweiler is supposed to teach it how..not..to..be aggressive..

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