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    With other dogs, not really, They do not need dog friends. They need me.

    I used to take Sunny to the dog park but he hates it, all he does it bark at other dogs, chew sticks and then goes to attack another dog who touches his stick, he can't play with toys around dogs because he is toy possessive. Why risk it? I am not putting him in a situation he doesn't like. When I can drive, I will probably take him to the dog beach and give him a shot but we'll see. He does enjoy the company of one or two dogs so I'll give him some play time in the dog park when I can drive in the future but thats about it.

    My other girl has fear issues and dislikes other dogs but we are working on this. She does get to meet other dogs, at times, for training.

    I have no problem with my dogs meeting dogs but it isn't needed. I may take Sunny to the dog park sometimes when I go to take photos, if there isn't many dogs in there but thats it.

    I feel more comfortable knowing my dogs are safer, not interacting with strange dogs.

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    But there's a difference between dog friends and strange dogs, Tahlz.

    My old dog wanted to have a go at the vast majority of new dogs she met. But she was fine with my friends' dogs and the dogs at the 'dogpark-like' oval. Because she knew them and knew what to expect and didn't feel any need to test their strength.

    Banjo is cautious about new dogs she meets, but she loves playing or just hanging out with the ones she has met more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlz View Post
    Just like I would make my dog behave when walking past people, everyone has a preference.
    I'm sorry, but what?!

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    Oskar is always out and about, we think its important for him to get social stimulation and free play with lots of different dogs. He needs that variety.

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    Kuri_89, I am really really pleased that all of you are OK after that ordeal ! Sorry that I didn't make a comment before this - but my blood ran cold reading what you had to put up with !

    I really do not understand why some people think that they have this incredible entitlement view of life, and it is OK to allow their dogs to do anything they like - like roaming the street and harassing all and sundry - without a care in the world !

    I also think that what you did in that situation was the best that you could do at that time - regardless of what everyone else thinks !

    Hindsight makes everyone incredibly smart after the fact and makes others feel that they can criticise - when they weren't in your situation. I know this is a forum - and discussion is what makes threads flow - but - maybe offering helpful advice for Kuri_89 for the future - would be more helpful ! What happened to Kuri_89 is in the past and what would be helpful for the future would be hints as to how to avoid these types of situations.

    What you achieved was to get you and the pups home safely ! So Kuri_89 - chin up and hold your head up high !

    In the past for me I have used a riding whip - to make me seem larger that I am and have a longer reach - this has caused dogs in the past to give me a very wide berth !

    Good Luck !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I'm sorry, but what?!
    I like my dogs to ignore people and behave, unless some one wants to pet them. My fearful girl is made to ignore and behave when walking past people. My friendly dog, I also want him to ignore people unless they want to give him attention. I'd prefer them to be calm and not hassle people. Though, Sunny is still a big work in progress! I want him to meet people but if I'm walking past people, I don't them to be 'rude'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Oskar is always out and about, we think its important for him to get social stimulation and free play with lots of different dogs. He needs that variety.
    See, I think that is great, depending on the dog but why take a dog out and about who clearly don't enjoy it? They aren't missing out. As long as they are happy and having fun, thats all that counts. Serenity would not enjoy being around people/dogs. Even when her issues are sorted out and she can be around other dogs, I wont make her. My Lab x, I will sometimes let him play with other dogs when I can drive but only sometimes. If my dogs loved going out and around dogs, I'd take them.
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    Tahlz i can see your post if i wish. I thought i would view your posts as i thought you may have had something worth contributing to the thread. Some words of comfort maybe? or some helpful advice? but obviously not.

    I socialize my dogs (don't even know how we ended up on this topic) for the pure fact that if something ever happened to me, or god forbid i could no longer have them with me that they would have a better chance of finding a good home. That is also a huge 'IF' but it could very well happen and it would kill me to know my dogs would have to get put down for the pure fact that i couldn't be bothered socializing because as you put it - all they need is me.

    Just like I would make my dog behave when walking past people, everyone has a preference.
    I'm not entirely sure if this is directed at me, but my dogs are very well behaved when walking - i can walk them off-lead, together, side by side with no problems, he is better off-lead than on-lead. Rex will growl at night (which is one of the things i love about him, i can walk him 11pm at night and feel 100% safe) if anybody decides to get too close to us. I don't see that as a problem behavior - part of the reason i own a dog is for protection! and that is something he is extremely good at.

    I sincerely hope you never end up in this sort of situation Tahlz. But i don't think you are qualified to judge unless you have been in that sort of situation yourself and when you are, you will realize there is no right or wrong answer.

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    I actually did put in some words of comfort, that was skipped by. I am truly sorry you had this experience because it would have been horrible and you shouldn't have to experience things like this.

    There is nothing wrong with socializing your dogs. My Lab x loves people and he likes dogs he just doesn't LOVE playing with them, all the time. He also likes just playing alone. He likes playing with some dogs. He could easily be re-homed. If I couldn't keep Serenity, she'd be put down so I don't need to worry about her. I also socialize her, I am currently working with her issues and she is improving but I still wont take her to crowded places all the time. Sometimes, yes but not a lot.

    I know your dogs behave while walking, I thought that was awesome, I said that. It's awesome they can both walk off leash. Good job on their training. A honest question though, did you really buy a small dog for protection? or did you just like he was protective when you realized her was?

    I have been in this situation, four times.

    This was all taken the wrong way because my response wasn't meant to be a negative response towards you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlz View Post
    I actually did put in some words of comfort, that was skipped by. I am truly sorry you had this experience because it would have been horrible and you shouldn't have to experience things like this.

    There is nothing wrong with socializing your dogs. My Lab x loves people and he likes dogs he just doesn't LOVE playing with them, all the time. He also likes just playing alone. He likes playing with some dogs. He could easily be re-homed. If I couldn't keep Serenity, she'd be put down so I don't need to worry about her. I also socialize her, I am currently working with her issues and she is improving but I still wont take her to crowded places all the time. Sometimes, yes but not a lot.

    I know your dogs behave while walking, I thought that was awesome, I said that. It's awesome they can both walk off leash. Good job on their training. A honest question though, did you really buy a small dog for protection? or did you just like he was protective when you realized her was?

    I have been in this situation, four times.

    This was all taken the wrong way because my response wasn't meant to be a negative response towards you.
    I know this is directed at Kuri, but I don't believe anyone on this forum has purchased their dogs for protection. My partner and I got Oskar because we wanted a family pet, and also I wanted my children to grow up with a love of animals and to learn some responsibilities. Oskar is a loved family member and definitely isn't a guard dog, but in saying that, he lets us know if someone is at the gate. He isn't out in the yard warning off neighbours when we are out, he gets locked in the house, because I am afraid he will get stolen.

    I can tell that you love your dogs, without a doubt, but why live in fear that something is going to happen? Yes its good to be cautious, but overly cautious? It's not only because I enjoy socialising the pooch, but he needs it. Every dog needs socialisation.

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    They are not small dogs. They are of very similar size to a Staffy (knee height)

    I've always gotten dogs with the intention of deterring burglars etc but not full on security dogs, just something that people would look twice at before they decide to rob you or whatever. Sometimes you end up with a dud (like my Molly, who is useless when it comes to security). Growing up our family dogs were Pitbulls, my grandfather trialed Rotties & we also had the odd working dog (A red Heeler & German Shepherd Maremma Cross) So i grew up around large breeds that were great security dogs. Molly is my first dog owned as an adult, who was a rescue and not at all what i was looking for, but my OH & i fell in love with her and took her home so even with the intention of getting a larger dog - it didn't happen.

    Rexy is not entirely mine. He is my Mums dog who spent more time at my house with Molly (she had anxiety issues, so Mum use to drop her two off to be play mates). He is also another rescue. When we went out looking for him the requirement he had to have was he MUST get on with Molly & my mum's other boy (Benji). The fact that he is so protective was a huge plus. I'm currently a part-time shift worker and i love the fact that i can finish work at midnight, and still take my two for a quick walk around the block and i honestly feel entirely at ease when doing so. Sometimes you meet the odd weirdo sitting at the park and i know that all they have to do is checkout Rex's lips rolled back into a snarl & they wont dare come near me.

    I made the decision i did based on his personality and i know him inside out. I was quietly confident that he could get this dog to back off and send it on his way.
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