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    Took Miss Lacey to Woolworth's the other day, and waited outside for Mum. Lacey was being a little angel, of course

    I had one lady come up to me and ask if she was a Great Dane, and we had a good old chat about them. Ten minutes later, another lady comes up and starts patting Lacey, asking what breed she is and how old she is. I say that she is a twelve week old Great Dane. She goes, no, 'she isn't a GD, she isn't going to grow anymore.' WTF? It's obvious that my dog is a puppy, isn't it? She has feet the size of Chewbaccas! I say, 'Actually, yes, my dog IS a Great Dane, and yes, she is only twelve weeks old.' 'No she's not. She is going to stay at the this size.' This nutcase is still patting my puppy, and then Lacey, is all her large beagle sized glory, jumps up on the woman and puts her feet on the lady. I tell her 'down' and tell Lacey to sit. This chick then bent down, picked up Lacey's feet and put them on her again, going 'oh, it's okay, I don't mind her feet being on me.' I go, 'Excuse me, but I'm not doing it for your benefit. When my dog stands at six feet tall and weighs more than you do, I don't want her jumping up on people, now please, remove your hands from my dog.' Woman ignores me and keeps patting Lacey, who is still up on the woman. I tell Lacey down, she hops down, and woman does the same thing! She picks up my dogs feet and puts them up on her, telling me, 'what would you know, your just a teenager.' A pissed off teenager by now. I proceed to tell her about how she is my dog, not hers, she lives by my rules and unlike her, my dog must have manners and commonsense. Woman says 'whatever' and picks up my dog again I led Lacey away before I knocked the woman. No one messes with my dog.

    So I'm still waiting, and this man comes up, carrying a plank (), a plastic bag and a bowl. He stops, puts the bowl down and pours some chips into it. The spiciest, hottest chips on the market, and he says, without even asking, 'hungry doggie?' And he tries to feed my dog chips! He didn't even say hello to me, or ask if it was okay to feed my dog chips that would probably burn her guts out, I couldn't even eat them, too spicy. I told Lacey to 'leave it' and WOOP, she listened. Man picks up his plank, tips the chips out and walks away. WTF. What a nutcase. Aye yi yi.

    So what stupid things have people done/said when you take your dogs out in public?

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    You wait till you are my age, or even a little less ( well over 50)....you have a "look" and people move on. That being one of the pleasures of aging. People stop trying to tell you what to do or how to do it they think you know..........LOL

    It is rather rude of people to tell you what breed you own. i get that all the time. I don't even reply anymore. As to wether I have a large Labrador a black golden, a Saint bernard or a mountain dog. i know and people who care know. i do answer people who ask, what breed are they, because they ask and want to know, don't mind that.
    As to interfering with my dogs.........Never, as I said, we have a look
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    Got a mobile phone?

    Tell them hands off your property. And do not damage your property by trying to teach it bad manners or feed it bad food, and take photos and say you're calling the police now, to let them know you're going to defend your property with any force you deem necessary.

    Over the top I suppose but I can't imagine anyone touching my stuff when I've asked them not to. Definitely need to develop the look and the voice.

    You need to look really angry and drop your pitch an octave or as deep as possible and get GROWLY. "GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY DOG".

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    Didn't bother taking my phone in. I really should take my phone everywhere I go... 'Specially with such a big dog, she's bound to get tons of attention in the future. Sure, they can pat her and ask questions, but not be stupid about it, and not touch her without asking.

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    Gobsmacked.

    Thought I'd seen and met some stupid people, but that just goes beyond eveything I've ever experienced! I agree with developing The Look. As an alternative, you could put a jacket on her. I do tend to find if the dogs have coats on (any kind) people do are slightly more likely to assume they are "hands off"... Steve at K9Pro also has harnesses with velcro patches that say "Please Ask to Pet"/ "In Training" ect, but it wont work all the time.

    The Look however...

    One experience recounted to me by a mate in security; he was out on the job one night with his GSD security dog. Dog had just been put back in the vehicle when this woman approached telling him "she has a gift with animals"/ "she conects with animals on an intimate level" (Erk, yuck)/ "all animals love her". Despite being told repeatedly not to approach the car with the dog in, being told not to put her hand in the window and pat by now growling security dog, she put her hand in, grabbed the dog and was bitten! Then screamed blue murder, of course...

    Last alternative... avoid Woolies on "Let the psychos out day"

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    Geez, sounds like you found the nutcase brigade alright!!

    I used to get sick of the opinions and hands-on attitudes when I had my first Afghan, and I was probably about your age. So yep, got treated like I knew nothing about my own dog... People can be so rude.

    He was great with people, but some used to genuinely run and throw themsleves at him, or let their kids do the same.
    Just cause he was big and pretty.

    I actually used to muzzle him sometimes, which he didn't mind at all. But it used to encourage people to pause and even to ask before patting him. I think it was like a visual reminder that he was an unknown quantity.

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    You could say he has a contagious form of canine AIDS and I bet they'd back off fast. Mention he's already infected you but it's not too bad so far.
    Throw in a fake sniffle and wipe your nose for added impact.

    Seriously some people...........

    That reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw a while back

    I'd be a people person
    If people weren't such #@!$*#

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    @ Bundybear

    Great tactics everyone, but I suppose she does need the socialisation...

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    that was great socialization (and a GREAT story) i've had my husky 3 years now and YOU CAN NEVER AVOID THE CRAZIES!! hahaha i still get people telling me that huskies are a little stupid and you can never let them off lead and they will pull till the day they die while my dog is in a sit-stay off lead right beside me the worst are those who HAVE the breed as well, I'm nearly 20 and I get so much advice that is just SO WRONG. some of the stuff that comes out of peoples mouths i have no reply to because it is so stupid.

    and then you get those who see a pretty dog and say "ooooo is that dog whole? you should breed her with MY dog! they would make gorgeous puppies!" hmmm sorry my dog is spayed .... then they look at you as if they have never heard anything as terrible as that
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    they look at you as if they have never heard anything as terrible as that
    Some people have a very strong emotional cord tying their own genitals to their dog's so they equate getting their dog desexed with getting their own balls cut off.

    I can't resist sharing the thought that maybe people who think like that should not be allowed or encouraged to breed, or hope they have children smarter than them.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 01-06-2011 at 05:07 PM. Reason: can't spell

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