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    Default An Incident at the Off Leash Dog Park

    I want to share what happened last week at the dog park.

    A man jabbed with his two finger on my mini schnauzer who was chasing another dog, saying "cut it out". My dog looked stunned after being jabbed. My dog and the other dog have known each other and they are about same size. We are only 1m away from those dogs. I told him " Do not do that to my dog" He said "it does not hurt him." I was very upset about this and took my dog to alternative unfenced off leash dog park which i need to drive since. I find this incident unacceptable as my dog may remember this and may bite him or other people when they move similar way.

    I know that this man got bitten by his own dog few times including once at the dog park and have tried to lecture C. Milan's techniques he learnt from Foxtel to other dog owners in the dog park.

    What is your opinion on this incident?

    P.S. The dog chased by mine was not his dog.
    Last edited by hachna; 06-28-2010 at 11:15 PM.

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    I think anyone that has a problem with your dog should ask before they intervene, just like with someone else's children.

    It's very presumtive and rude to correct someone else's dog without permission.

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    Was the other dog that yours was chasing his? If not, I'd have told him to butt out. He has zero right to touch your dog at all.

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    It seems to me, that did not of hurt your dog, it hurt you.
    I do agree, that this could be construed as rude. But you really want to look at the man's intent. I poke dogs to get their attention. Usually my own granted. But i know, that a dogs skull is pretty sturdy, as is the rest of his torso. A poke would get his attention, but would never cause any bruising, harm, just a gestural "Oi!"

    every morning, i meet a man, he's 72, he feeds my dog biscuits. And my dog snatches them from his fingers, jarring his teeth on old fellas hands when he snatches. The old fella titters away, "you'll have someone's hand off when you grow up". Old man loves it, dog loves old man, a win win.

    But initially, im pretty pissed because, i believed, in error, that he's teaching my dog to mouth hands when being offered food. A behaviour i dont want. However, he's also teaching my dog, that strangers are cool people, old people are cool, being friendly gets you rewards .

    Swings and roundabouts really isnt it.
    My dog does NOT snatch food from me or my family. Just old fella. Its the way old fella trained my dog, dog mouths hand, dog instantly gets reward with biscuit. Great

    Go back to YOUR park of choice. And if you dont like people touching your dog, SAY SO to them, live. Most people will respect your request.

    I realise it could of gone wrong. Had he tried that little poke on my last dog, well, he'd of lost his arm i reckon. Be proud, your dog is sound, does not freak at this, does not perceive this in any way as a threat. Perhaps you could learn from your dog? I dont mean that in a harsh way. But celebrate that you've trained your dog so that a complete stranger can approach, touch him, even poke him, and he's not aggressive. Id say you have one smart and beautifully friendly dog.

    Dont be 'chased' out of your park. The dog im sure would much prefer to walk to your park, than drive to the next one along a bit.
    Bernie

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    It seems to me, that did not of hurt your dog, it hurt you.
    I do agree, that this could be construed as rude. But you really want to look at the man's intent. I poke dogs to get their attention. Usually my own granted. But i know, that a dogs skull is pretty sturdy, as is the rest of his torso. A poke would get his attention, but would never cause any bruising, harm, just a gestural "Oi!"

    every morning, i meet a man, he's 72, he feeds my dog biscuits. And my dog snatches them from his fingers, jarring his teeth on old fellas hands when he snatches. The old fella titters away, "you'll have someone's hand off when you grow up". Old man loves it, dog loves old man, a win win.

    But initially, im pretty pissed because, i believed, in error, that he's teaching my dog to mouth hands when being offered food. A behaviour i dont want. However, he's also teaching my dog, that strangers are cool people, old people are cool, being friendly gets you rewards .

    Swings and roundabouts really isnt it.
    My dog does NOT snatch food from me or my family. Just old fella. Its the way old fella trained my dog, dog mouths hand, dog instantly gets reward with biscuit. Great

    Go back to YOUR park of choice. And if you dont like people touching your dog, SAY SO to them, live. Most people will respect your request.

    I realise it could of gone wrong. Had he tried that little poke on my last dog, well, he'd of lost his arm i reckon. Be proud, your dog is sound, does not freak at this, does not perceive this in any way as a threat. Perhaps you could learn from your dog? I dont mean that in a harsh way. But celebrate that you've trained your dog so that a complete stranger can approach, touch him, even poke him, and he's not aggressive. Id say you have one smart and beautifully friendly dog.

    Dont be 'chased' out of your park. The dog im sure would much prefer to walk to your park, than drive to the next one along a bit.
    Bernie
    Thanks Bernie. I do train my dog and he behaves well on commands. My dog prefers other dogs than people and this is why i go to off leash dog park where he can meet people and builds positive experience with them (what an experience!!!) I am not one of those people who believe positive re-enforcement only (though that dictates my training to dogs) I am sure my dog is ok and the man will never touch my dog again.

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