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    I just think a lot of people too freely assume that a dog is friendly and base their actions on the dog's they have previously met but i do agree with Anne, in the sense that you do expect a little more freedom in playing with and patting a strange dog in a friends home. However, if i was to go to a friends and actually told "please don't pat the dog"..of corse i would obey that wish.

    My partner and i walked down to the shops a few weeks ago. I waited out the front whilst OH went in to grab some things. Not 1, but 3 people stopped and lent down to pat Buckley whilst he tried to hide in between my legs. Just lucky he didn't growl or snap at them! One man actually grabbed Buckleys head and did that rough kind of head shake pat. I would call that ignorant. Never assume a dog is friendly just because they are happy to stand calmly next to their owner. When did that sort of thing become ok!? I for one would never ever pat someone dogs out in public without asking first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    People are taught not to pat 'strange' dogs in case they react in an aggressiv emanner. One would assume, that in a friend's home, you would be reasonably safe patting a dog.

    Seriously, the comments here are just so over the top, they're scary!
    We are going to have to agree to disagree, I in no way see them as over the top and think it is rather simple. They had never met the dog, therefor it is strange to them and therefor by your own logic shouldn't be patted.

    Just because you are in a friends home doesn't mean the dog can be rushed and patted and at the same time backing it into a corner.

    No one said people were taught to be 'dog savvy' nor was there an expectation that they should be. Being dog ignorant is not an offense to society, it's just simply that. Do I expect everyone to be dog savvy, NO.

    But if you are not dog savvy, wouldn't the responsible thing to do, be not approach a dog you do not know, whether it be your friends or anyone elses.

    I agree with you that the owner of the dog needs to be responsible for making sure their pet is safe and in situations it can handle only, a little communication wouldn't have gone astray but at the end of the day, until you have been introduced to a dog, it is not smart to 'assume' you can pat it in any fashion.
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    Anne, perhaps I should have said everyone who enters my home is warned to leave the dog alone until he wants to come and have some pats. If they want to ignore me, as my dog's owner, and treat him without any respect, then sorry- they can leave.

    I wouldn't kick someone out for doing it without knowing beforehand.

    I don't expect everyone who comes to my house to be dog savvy. I expect them to obey my rules and respect me and my dog =)

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    Anne Anne Anne once again I couldnt agree more!!

    Silver, warning someone and just expecting is two completely different things!

    When Ruby was a puppy as soon as people would come in my house i would say dont bloody rough the puppy up! (I hate rough puppy Play)

    If I didnt say anything at all and then someone came in and started playing around with her, as people do, and I cracked a sh1t and say they were rude and ignorant. ?? That would be pretty ummm silly!

    If I warned people and they did it anyway, yes, sh!t would hit the fan!

    Two completely different things!
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    Who's expecting? I'm expecting people to behave in my house how I've already asked them to behave. I've already said I should have clarified, and I did just that.

    Regardless, I think anyone entering your house who hasn't met the dog before (and is therefore a "strange dog" to them), I would hope for some simple courtesy. I do however realise that this is not always the case and that some people are very rude without trying to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Who's expecting? I'm expecting people to behave in my house how I've already asked them to behave. I've already said I should have clarified, and I did just that.

    Regardless, I think anyone entering your house who hasn't met the dog before (and is therefore a "strange dog" to them), I would hope for some simple courtesy. I do however realise that this is not always the case and that some people are very rude without trying to be.
    If you invite people into your home you not only have to provide a save and stress free enviroment for your pet but for your visitors too. If your dog is so unpredictable and unsocial then maybe you should either work on that with him or just not have people over.

    I have always had dogs, my family has always had dogs and alot of my friends have dogs.

    I go over their houses and unless told otherwise i am going to treat their dog like i would treat Ruby! My friends and family have enough sense to either warn us of certain possible bad behaviors (With exception om my mother) and if there is the slight chance that someone could be bitten or hurt they would put the dog away!

    For people to walk around on eggshells with an unstable animal is just scary!
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    Who has to be walking on eggshells? lol. Only thing I ask of people coming to my house is for them to leave my dog alone until he wants to come for pats. I don't understand how that's walking on eggshells or that my dog is unsocial or unpredictable lol (might I add, that he won't at all become aggressive to the people that don't respect his space).

    He's absolutely fine with people he's had time to meet (even if that's a minute after they come in haha). He's not fine with people who rush in and annoy him as soon as they step foot in the door. I think this is the same for many dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Anne, perhaps I should have said everyone who enters my home is warned to leave the dog alone until he wants to come and have some pats. If they want to ignore me, as my dog's owner, and treat him without any respect, then sorry- they can leave.

    I wouldn't kick someone out for doing it without knowing beforehand.

    I don't expect everyone who comes to my house to be dog savvy. I expect them to obey my rules and respect me and my dog =)
    Aaah, that is different then. If they are warned that they are not to approach the dog and told the possible consequences, then I would not be impressed that they ignored what I had said and approached the dog.

    Personally, I still wouldn't kick them out but then, I am thinking of it from my point of view and my dogs are more likely to love someone to death than to ever be frightened or aggressive of them.

    Sorry, I should have asked you to clarify your comments before I jumped in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby-001 View Post

    But if you are not dog savvy, wouldn't the responsible thing to do, be not approach a dog you do not know, whether it be your friends or anyone elses.
    That statement in itself is a contradiction.

    If they did think that the responsible action would be not to approach the dog, then they would be behaving dog savvy.

    That is the point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    That statement in itself is a contradiction.

    If they did think that the responsible action would be not to approach the dog, then they would be behaving dog savvy.

    That is the point.
    No sorry, simply knowing not to approach a dog that is strange to you, is FAR from being dog savvy. That's just a little basic common sense.
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