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    Default Scary dogs?

    While we've been talking a fair bit about if people are scared of pitbulls and dogs owned by incapable owners lately I thought I'd ask the question 'has anyone been scared of your dog for no reason?'

    I just got back from a walk and as we approached a jack russel cross thing, I stepped off the footpath to give the lady and her dog some space as me and my 2 dogs take up the whole path. Both my dogs were heeling perfectly at my side and not attempting to go near her dog in any way yet she still picked up her dog and as she walked past said "my dog has been attacked too many times to take chances with your dogs", I said "I understand, I wouldn't worry about my dogs though- they're harmless" she then went on to say "they look harmless but I could never believe you" and then walked away with her nose stuck in the air like some old prude. It really ticked me off! Fair enough if she is worried about her dogs getting attacked by other dogs, but she didn't have to say anything to me and she probably shouldn't be walking it at an off-leash park - I'm just glad we were on our way home so mine were on the leash.

    So anyone else have any similar stories? Anyone been scared of a dog that's turned out harmless?

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    People are scared of my dogs all the time.

    They either;
    Cross the street to avoid me
    Give me dirty looks and scoop up their dogs or kids
    Or
    Seem to get off on the thrill of being near a manically unpredictable, homicidal, savage, vicious, women and children killing Dobermann.

    Even the local kids come to 'see' the dogs, then brag to their mates.

    But to add icing to the cake- a lady neighbor was petitioning my neighborhood to have my dogs removed due to their vicious nature. It was actually HER kelpie that attacked my mother and Flirtt a while back.

    I've had friends say, upon actually petting V or F, 'oh, they really are quite friendly, aren't they?'

    Well, shoot. I guess they do have orange eyebrows, after all......

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    Wow thats horrible I love dobermanns!

    People can be so silly! They just get some stupid, crazy idea in their head and just let it expand! I understand people being scared of dogs if they're lunging towards them or barking, but I really don't understand how people can be wary of dogs who are well behaved and hardly even paying any attention to them!

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    Uggh yeah not so much now but it times past omg, go see a shrink crackpot person!.

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    The funniest one i encountered was years ago when my now ex and I were walking to the shops with his old dog - a medium sized ridgeback x bitsa. She was conditioned to ignore dogs on leads and in general didn't show any interest in little dogs. We passed a woman on the path through the park with a small dog on lead. Our dog completely ignored the dog, didn't even glance at it and just continued walking. And then we heard the woman say to her dog: "Don't look at that dog!" Talking about crackpots...

    The one that always somewhat annoys me is if there is a dog off leash and I start walking over with Banjo and then at the very last minute the other owner puts their dog on leash - without acknowledging us or giving an explanation. I think it's quite rude and I wish they would warn me earlier that their off leash dogs is not allowed to socialise. Fortunately it is easy to call Banjo back in such situations, but I always feel a tad sorry to disappoint her after the anticipation. With my previous dog there was often a 'point of no return' so it used to annoy me more, though obviously that patchy recall was my responsibility.

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    Today, I was at the off leash area of the park and as usual checked to see "who" was there before i let them off. There was only a young girl there with a obviousley much loved german shorthaired pointer on lead.

    I watched them for awhile and decided it looked friendly enough and on lead, so let mine off.
    Molly is a social butterfly and will approach most dogs in a very friendly manner, but if they are nasty she just gets a look like "ok, guess i wont be playing with you" and wanders off.

    The other 3, who are a little shier, will let her check them out first and wont approach them if she isnt happy with there demeaner. It really is a funny dynamic to watch.

    Anyway, as Molly approached her dog, you could see the girl was a little uneasy as was the dog, I told her they were all very friendly and eventually she let her dog off and he relaxed and then played happily.

    She told me her dog was always a sweet friendly dog who loved playing with other dogs until he was attacked by a pittie type at the beach 3 years before. Now he is frightened when dogs approach, and takes a while to relax, and has been a different dog ever since.

    My labrador and myself were also attacked, and he never recovered fully either, it can and does change your dogs behaviour forever.

    Its really sad an irresponsible owner can make yourself and your dog wary, stressed and frightened just to go for a walk, so I can understand her fear.....but not the rude manner in which she spoke to you!

    My rude manner is reserved for unleashed DA dogs ....and for the reasons above i let them have it, but i love happy owners with friendly dogs.
    I did once see a man, who grabbed his child as we walked down the footpath (on lead) and walked him out onto the road (20 foot wide berth) to avoid my dog, while saying to him, "stay away from those mongrals they will bite you".

    Poor child, will never know the feeling of the love of a dog
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Took Oskar to the dog beach today again and before we were even down on the flat bit (Oskar was still on leash) these two little white fluffy things (one was a lot more agressive than the other) were barking and getting stuck into him. My partner was taking him further down the beach to get away because at this time he had decided to fight back and the white fluffies were continuing to harass him further down the beach. The owner was just standing there yelling out the main agressor's name, and little "Bono" wasn't in the mood to listen, just wanted to keep having ago at Oskar. The thing that pisses me off, is that if Oskar decided to really fight back, we would be the ones at fault for having our big brute stand up for himself.

    Every time it seems we go lately he gets harrassed by smaller dogs and he is ON leash most of the time. I am not scared of any dog in particular, just stray unattended dogs, I am weary of, I am just getting sick of small dogs whose owners think they don't have to be well behaved or socialised.

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    Echo your thoughts OM.
    I am sick of the OWNERS of swfs or smallanythings not being able to control their dogs.
    And dont get me started on the rudeness of some of the above.
    I had Snoopy down at our creek opposite a new housing estate.
    He was down there minding his own business hunting crickets etc and I was walking along the
    nature strip keeping an eye out for cars or other hazards.
    A swf charged across the road and started barking at me ( I should have turned my back or something)
    but I told it to sit down in a firm voice, erm... mistake, it went right off its nut.
    So Snoop runs up to see if I'm ok, blocks the other dog (defending me) and get himself bitten on the hind leg.

    As everyone was off leash all I cared about was calming my boy down and getting the leash back on.
    He did not bite back, and just stayed in front of me, side on, blocking - I was so proud of him.
    The owner of the other dog praised it for BITING..fnn bitch, I just bit my tongue and said nothing refused
    to even look at the skanky rag, all I cared about was calming my boy down.

    So we did not go home, I though stuff this dog we are going walkies - up and down the street ten times,
    lingered outside their house (dog inside going off) I was tempted to crap on their lawn myself.
    (Unfortunately dog did not "have one in the chamber".)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Echo your thoughts OM.
    I am sick of the OWNERS of swfs or smallanythings not being able to control their dogs.
    And dont get me started on the rudeness of some of the above.
    I had Snoopy down at our creek opposite a new housing estate.
    He was down there minding his own business hunting crickets etc and I was walking along the
    nature strip keeping an eye out for cars or other hazards.
    A swf charged across the road and started barking at me ( I should have turned my back or something)
    but I told it to sit down in a firm voice, erm... mistake, it went right off its nut.
    So Snoop runs up to see if I'm ok, blocks the other dog (defending me) and get himself bitten on the hind leg.

    As everyone was off leash all I cared about was calming my boy down and getting the leash back on.
    He did not bite back, and just stayed in front of me, side on, blocking - I was so proud of him.
    The owner of the other dog praised it for BITING..fnn bitch, I just bit my tongue and said nothing refused
    to even look at the skanky rag, all I cared about was calming my boy down.

    So we did not go home, I though stuff this dog we are going walkies - up and down the street ten times,
    lingered outside their house (dog inside going off) I was tempted to crap on their lawn myself.
    (Unfortunately dog did not "have one in the chamber".)
    LOVE IT, it got a laugh out of me....but seriously yes, majority of SWFF's think their Shizzle don't stink, and that our big dogs are to blame automatically. It reminds me actually of an incident (and Blackthorn, nothing against most schnitzel von crum owners)....we were on the beach a while ago now, and Oskar being the friendly pooch he is, goes to inspect a gathering of Daschunds, and this lady shrieked at the top of her lungs lol.....my boyfriend said "No wonder your pooch carries on, listen to you" LMAO, I had to laugh, i saw her shriek from a distance. She was this one lady who always watched Oskar like a hawk, and would give us dirty looks for no reason.

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    In my next life I am going to be an "Animal Control Officer" with the council.
    I will write an infringement notice for all idiots who shriek at dog beaches
    and also those who give dogs pretentious names like "Bono".

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