Walking a Bull Breed around can be a bloody nightmare sometimes. You meet some of the most uninformed, narrow minded, idiot dog owners when out and about. But I simply tune out and as long as my dogs are behaved and do as they are told I can ignore the idiots.
I know the feeling well. I actually stopped walking a certain way because this stupid SWF (did I get that right?) used to cross the road or if she didn't see us in time pick her dog up and run past us. It used to get me down even though my dog was on leash and by my side.
We now walk another way and she meets lots of the same people who like to pat her and dogs who she can have a sniff with!!
Mind you I have found that a lot of people who have smaller dog tend to treat them more like spoilt human children rather than dogs, they usually turn into nast yappy bity things too. But the owners dont see it and think that their little prescious can not handle meeting a 'big scary beast' dispite the fact it might accually do the terror some good!
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Hmmm... another side to consider -
As a small dog owner, I try to be wary of large dogs when I take Bella out, because if - and I say if, not when, here- that large dog decides Bella looks like a good chew toy, I don't want her to get hurt, because obviously she isn't going to be any match for a large dog if it has a go at her. I am cautious, but I don't say to people, 'Keep your dog under control!', unless it is obvious that the dog doesn't want to be friends with Bella. Just recently I had a situtaion where Bella was almost attacked by a big German Shepard who was off lead in the middle of an agility class. I was walking Bella around the grounds, waiting for my class to start, and I heard shouts of, "watch out!" I look up to see a massive GSD charging at Bella, showing teeth. I scooped up Bella and growled at the dog, which put her off. Luckily, otherwise I have a feeling Bella would've been in a lot of trouble. Before I ask owners of large dogs to 'control their dog', I read the dogs body language. If its obvious the dog want to be friends, I relax. If the dog seems timid, I am cautious in case the dog lashes out, out of fear. If the dog seems hostile, I steer clear. Easy. I make sure to always keep Bella away from other dogs that aren't on a lead or with their owners, that way I don't end up with a hefty vet bill if it turns nasty.
I am not more wary of bull breeds than other breeds, because whenever I meet a Bull terrier or a Stafford they always seem overjoyed to meet a person who will pat them. I am a bit wary of a Great Dane though, because of obvious size reasons. I have noticed, with larger animals, when they meet a small one they don't really know what to do, whether to eat them, be friends with them or run away from them, so they would be the only breed I keep Bella away from, because even if they just want to play, they might get a little too rambunctious for a little dog.
Last edited by Brittany; 05-16-2010 at 03:28 PM. Reason: Adding stuff
Ive noticed that Dora gets along with small dogs much better than she gets along with big dogs. She seems l ike she doesnt know what to do when she meets a large dogs such as a Dane on English Pointer - whther to growl or whether to meet and greet nicely.
Yeah, thats the same as Bella. I usually let her play with smaller dogs too, less chance of an injury that way.
Agression seen in small dogs is often seen as cute, bad behaviour in small dogs is often seen as cute. Agression in big dogs results in 'Dangerous! Put it down!'. Bad behaviour seen in big dogs is 'Control that dog!'.
I have never been worried about Roly near a big dog. If I feel something may go wrong, I will pick him up or go another way. Its never happened though..
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Dexta responds well to feed back, so if he did get a tad rough, he'd actually back up. I encourage "gentle" command and he gets it.
it frustrates us soooooo much!!!even big dogs get diverted, small kids flung up into their parents arms. LOL! this is all going to get even more frustrating when I have my Great Dane... but meh I wouldn't change my breeds of choice for anything even a world full of neurotic humans!!
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