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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Lauri & The Gang View Post
To me this is a perfect example of VERY bad breeding.

Labs are NOT supposed to react like that. Well, well-bred ones aren't.

Unless the dog has been trained to protect it's property, a Lab should be very happy to have a stranger come into their house. They love EVERYBODY (or they are SUPPOSED to).
I agree.

I grew up with Labs, they should be extremely sweet natured, even with strangers. We were lucky if we even got a bark if strangers come to the door . They are lovers, not fighters.

As a matter of fact, one time my parents went out and armed the security system. They didn't lock the front door properly and a wind blew it open a crack, setting off the alarm. My sisters didn't get to the house in time so police were dispatched. When they got there the cop said "I hope this isn't your guard dog, because she let us in and brought us a squeaky toy"
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post #52 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 01:39 PM
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So you'd say that even if, at all other times, the dog is a sweetheart?
I'm not so sure
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post #53 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 02:12 PM
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Seems like some of these posts are blaming the OP and basically saying that he should have known better. Personally, I think the blame is on the owners of the Lab if were going to blame anyone. They should have ensured that the OP and his wife were familiar to their dog beyond one meeting and they should have made the arrangements for the OP to meet their dog on his own turf. OP was just trying to help out a friend.

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post #54 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 03:06 PM
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I agree fuzzy...if I was told "please go feed my dog, potty it", I'd assume the owners figured the dog would be fine with me going in there.
They should know the dog better than others! Apparently they didn't.
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post #55 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by codmaster View Post
I think that most of the ones I know would at least try to - with strangers coming into their home.
Hmmm......maybe......but as a general rule I think most would like to THINK that their dog would do what this Lab did but many probably wouldn't.....JMO.
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post #56 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 08:43 PM
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It is also possible that some people just know or exude the proper vibes so that the dog does not react like he has to attack. For example Sparra did this as a business and never encountered an attacking dog. I have helped a friend out a couple of times and was bitten twice, from two different dogs. Maybe my demeaner at the time was not confident and maybe I amped up the fear reaction in those dogs.

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