Ok so a bit of a rant...
I accompanied my OH to a party being given by one of his co-workers, I'm a bit of an introvert and can't stand going to parties where I don't know anyone but my OH encouraged me saying 'Maybe they'll have a dog you can play with"
So we rock up and I hear a dog bark as we get to the door, ok good start they have a dog, dog continues to bark very loudly as we are ushered into the lounge room and take a seat, ok starting to get on my nerves a bit but we are told she'll calm down in a minute, just excited with all these new people. (don't ask me what kind of dog I don't know breeds - middle sized, slimish, long pointy ears). So the dog finally stops barking and comes around to give us all a sniff as we sit down, I offer the dog the back of my hand to sniff, she seems fine, she pushes her head under my hand and I start to give her a soft stroke on the head, all very lovely thinking this could be a good night after all.
Ok so then after I had been stroking her head for about 10 secs she suddenly starts baring her teeth and growling at me WTF??? I quickly remove my hand and watch while she just stands there snarling at me only to be told by the owners 'Oh she does that sometimes, she likes to be in control of when she's touched and for how long'. I was shocked and didn't try to pat her for the rest of the evening. Of course as soon as I had food in my hand she came running around wagging her tail with a 'butter wouldn't melt in her mouth' look but she'd burnt her bridges with me.
She spent the rest of the night trying to lick all the food on the coffee table (after which the owners would pick up a piece and give it too her - great training guys), barking whenever anyone made a sudden move or laughed to loudly and snarling at anyone who was silly enough to try to pat her. She walked up to one girl, stuck her head right in the girl's lap for attention and then went crazy barking at the poor girl. The owners just said 'oh that's a compliment, she thinks you're an equal and she's trying to assert her authority'. Both myself and my OH were completely shocked by this dog's behaviour and more to the point the complete lack of understanding and training by the owners. One of the owners could get her to give him and kiss but the other own would just get snarled at if he tried. It's was really really bad pack behaviour with this dog definitely not being at the bottom of the pack.
When we were saying goodbye one of the girls went to give the owner a kiss on the cheek and the dog went frantic barking and jumping at her. It was awful. If you got up to move around the house the dog would follow you and bark, so I would turn around at it, use a very firm palm down gesture to it and say 'NO' very firmly and that seems to shut it up for a few minutes but honestly it was the worst behaved dog we've ever met.
I had to keep assuring my OH that our dog will not be like that!!! Can't stand people who don't train their dogs to behave in social situations or at least remove them from the room! Even when the food was up on a high table it was a case of get in quick before the dog licks everything! BLAH!!!