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05-18-2014 03:45 AM
Harry and Lola It's easy to take offence and I completely understand why you would when your GSD is behaving perfecting and the owner of the small dog picks up their dog as though it is way too precious.

I too had a similar experience, I rarely take mine into dog parks but did a little while ago, there was only 1 small dog in there and the area is massive, so plenty of room to walk off leash in your own space. When I first took Harry and Lola in, the owner of the small dog quickly picked up her little Bichon Frise and with lighting speed walked over the opposite side. Fine with me, I'm not interested in interacting with the owner and I don't want my 2 GSDs to interact either. Anyway, after about 10 minutes of walking the Bichon Frise comes running over to us barking its head off, pretty aggressive, really out of control, lunching at us and the owner running after it calling it. The Bichon Frise ignored its owner and the poor owner spent a few minutes running after it trying to get it. My 2 were brilliant, ignored the dog and we all just kept walking.

Perhaps this woman scooped up her Bichon Frise when we entered because she knew she had no control over it and the little dog had no obedience training whatsoever.
05-18-2014 02:36 AM
LifeofRiley
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Yes, your post pretty much sums up my experience. And, probably like you, my dog is in constant contact with people because I live in a city and my dog accompanies me to a lot of neighborhood/city events where dogs are allowed, not to mention just day-to-day walks and errands.
Well, I was trying to edit this post, but it timed out. So, here is the rest of what I wanted to post...

...I must say, that I love my neighborhood businesses - most allow me to bring my dog inside because they have seen how great a dog my dog is and they know me. I can't tell you how many times I have been about to tether my dog outside the business when the owner came out and said, you can bring your dog in.

Typically, once inside, they tell me that they know that any dog of mine is a well-mannered dog (the neighborhood reputation began with my last dog, but it remains alive with my current dog).
05-18-2014 02:08 AM
LifeofRiley
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No, generally people smile and make comments like "pretty", "beautiful", "gorgeous", or even "cute" - yes, really! It's extremely rare for people to appear afraid of them, although it's happened a couple of times over the years.
Yes, your post pretty much sums up my experience. And, probably like you, my dog is in constant contact with people because I live in a city and my dog accompanies me to a lot of neighborhood/city events where dogs are allowed, not to mention just day-to-day walks and errands.
05-18-2014 01:05 AM
canyadoit I have my dog sit for folks who appear nervous when approaching on the side walk Same for old fplk baby buggies Simple common manners It is not up to me to change folk and thier views on my breed of choice It is up to be to present my dog in the best possable way in public
05-18-2014 12:47 AM
Ellimaybel
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I decided to take Huck, our 7 month old GSD to a park close by. It's mainly used for softball games but there is walking trails and a "Puppy Exercise Area". We've been working on off the leash training and so I had his prong collar along with an e-collar. I left a traffic leash on his prong through the entire walk just in case children, vehicles, etc became a distraction. Other than that he stayed off leash and I used the e-collar if needed. There was only one other person walking the trails. It was a middle aged women and her small dog jogging. As soon as I noticed her coming close I would recall Huck and I would grab his traffic leash. I would call Huck before he would even notice them, just to avoid him running off and trying to play. There was only one time that we were actually meeting each other on the trails. As usual, I call Huck and grab his traffic leash. I proceed to move over to the ride side of the trail to give them more room. Huck was heeling great and is very well behaved. As we start to come up on the lady and her dog, which is leashed. She picks her dog up. Once we pass, she puts her dog back down. I wasn't sure how to take her gesture. But I'll take it as a compliment


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From someone who owns a small dog as well as a GSD it's not always the other persons dog I'm worried about. Cyclone (my small dog) does not know he's small, he thinks he's as big as every other dog out there and will proceed to act as such. I pick him up regardless of size or breed because it's easier for me to do so than to have to deal with him going into a barking frenzy and undoing the work and training that the other dog owner is instilling. A lot of people may think I pick him up because I'm scared of their dog, I'm not.
05-18-2014 12:14 AM
Huck I decided to take Huck, our 7 month old GSD to a park close by. It's mainly used for softball games but there is walking trails and a "Puppy Exercise Area". We've been working on off the leash training and so I had his prong collar along with an e-collar. I left a traffic leash on his prong through the entire walk just in case children, vehicles, etc became a distraction. Other than that he stayed off leash and I used the e-collar if needed. There was only one other person walking the trails. It was a middle aged women and her small dog jogging. As soon as I noticed her coming close I would recall Huck and I would grab his traffic leash. I would call Huck before he would even notice them, just to avoid him running off and trying to play. There was only one time that we were actually meeting each other on the trails. As usual, I call Huck and grab his traffic leash. I proceed to move over to the ride side of the trail to give them more room. Huck was heeling great and is very well behaved. As we start to come up on the lady and her dog, which is leashed. She picks her dog up. Once we pass, she puts her dog back down. I wasn't sure how to take her gesture. But I'll take it as a compliment


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05-08-2014 04:23 PM
CharlieB.Barkin Nope. I wish they did though. I love the feeling when people do that. IDK why, but it makes the walk easier because it keeps the dog calm. I'm considering getting one of those "Do Not Pet" leashes. He has gotten MUCH better around people but he occasionally lunges for them, which tends to startle people.
05-05-2014 07:59 PM
selzer
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Once, when we were in Petsmart, a boy about 11 saw Lita coming at him, immediately got an "Oh S*%&" look on his face, turned tail and ran to the other side of the store. Funniest thing I had seen in a long time.
A girl about the same age did that when we turned a corner in PetsMart, scared the crap out of my puppy because she not only ran, but she screamed like a banshee. I did not think it was funny at all. I thought, if your child is afraid of dogs, then maybe you shouldn't take her to a store where dogs are allowed to be.

Oh and, we have these annoying things called rules here, and subbing symbols in for letters to make up swear words to avoid the sensors is actually against them.
05-05-2014 07:29 PM
Lita Once, when we were in Petsmart, a boy about 11 saw Lita coming at him, immediately got an "Oh S*%&" look on his face, turned tail and ran to the other side of the store. Funniest thing I had seen in a long time.
04-29-2014 03:11 PM
Ellimaybel I just tell people, "It's not him you need to worry about." I get some nervous smiles before they move on. I really am an anti-stranger person lol
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