Masha, sucks that some people out there think it's fine to just pat a dog they don't know, especially after you've told them not to. I hope this experience won't set Dora back too far.
I totally agree Megan. This also leads back to a frightened dog bears his teeth, he's labeled aggressive when in reality if people would respect your choice to not have strangers or children touch him, it could have been totally prevented, thus contributing to stereotypes of certain breeds. Btw Megan I wasn't referring to Troopa this thread just reminded me.
I would imagine.
I let as many people touch my dogs as possible. Being show dogs they have to be handled. Doesn't mean I let people frighten the dog, there is a big difference
I always do looming exercises over my dogs, handle them around the face and teeth, ears and you know what for the boys. But generally loom over them which is often what inexperienced people and kids do to dogs.
I'll admit I start this with family and friends while they're still in the whelping box so that by the time they hit the streets they are bomb proof.
I remember being at Sydney Royal many years ago, left for 5 mins and came back to find a kid sitting in the box with one of my dogs & the parents taking photo's, thank god they didn't pick my friends dog a few stalls down, because he did not take well to strangers.
But having said that the Electricity guy will attest to the fact that they kick up a real stink and put on an impressive show of barking when he comes to read the metre which is by the side fence.
But with the whole people scaring Dora, I will most certainly not allow this. When the lady loomed over Dora (who was fine two seconds before), Dora's tail went straight between her legs, and I tried as nicely as possible to tell the woman to back off. But people dont get it... once you tell them a dog is scared, they try comforting him/her. They dont get that comforting them with scare them further and fuel the fear.
How can I politely tell a 60+ adult to stop touching my dog?
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