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08-29-2014 12:27 PM
WateryTart I was telling my husband about this (not the thread specifically but that a kid was barking at our dog when I was walking her), and he said, "What's the big deal? Kids bark at dogs."

You don't think maybe it's a little mean? PuppyGirl froze and stared. She moved on after a second because she isn't easily fazed, but it's unnecessary and borders on teasing IMO.
08-28-2014 11:03 PM
Colie CVT Wow. Yeah now that is a special one lol. It's one thing if you are messing with your own dog or if your child is playing with their dog. But why bother doing that with someone's dog who ISN'T your own? I tend to not bother making contact at all with new dogs I meet. No talking, looking, petting. I merely stand in a neutral pose, keep my eyes on the people rather than the dog and let them decide if they want to come up to me. It has saved my hide a lot when I was doing a lot of triage and exams when I worked in the ER. Nervous dogs had the chance to investigate me and generally speaking, they were more relaxed and easier to handle.
08-28-2014 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by pyratemom View Post
I have caught adults barking through the fence at my dog before. I mean really?
Now those adult just took it to another level hahha
08-28-2014 05:36 PM
pyratemom I have caught adults barking through the fence at my dog before. I mean really? How stupid can a person be? Barking through the fence at a German Shepherd to get it to bark back is just plain rude and dumb at the same time. Do they think they are speaking dog language? Raina will bark back then I have to correct her and that isn't fair for her. I try to keep her from barking at things that are not a danger by saying "Enough, I see it," but maybe she can't tell the difference between real danger and stupid. Little kids are a whole other story. I have one neighbor with two little toddlers. Raina loves them both but they have been taught to be gentle, not run up and always ask first to pet her. She loves to kiss them and make them giggle but I try not to let her get into it too much, one kiss and that is it. I don't want her to think all toddlers are kissable and scare one away from dogs for life by trying to kiss them. Those big white teeth are pretty scary.
08-28-2014 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by Colie CVT View Post

It is then I realize some kid in the car next to us is howling at my dogs. -.-

Anyone else come across this lovely behavior before?

This is nothing unusual for a child to do ....I've howled at my dogs over the years.

My niece could howl in a high pitched tone and get one of my shepherds to return in kind like a coyote howling. So, I do not find this kind of behavior unconventional for many a child....but I wonder what Dr. Phil would say?

08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Ace GSD I hate it when some kids bark at my dog on the street ... Part of me wish that he would bark back and lunge just to scare them and teach respect but that may not be the best thing.
08-28-2014 04:27 PM
Lark When I was trying to have my dog around kids when he was a pup I had the neighbor kids come in and pet him and give him treats. I was AMAZED that the parents allowed them to come over to a stranger's house, pet a puppy and eat ice cream. The kids asked the parents, and they said yes. Without even coming to meet me.

And I felt terrible after I thought it through because I just majorly rewarded little children (age 4 and up) for going with a stranger to pet their puppy.
08-28-2014 01:26 PM
Msmaria A couple months ago I was at an outside bar area with my kids and Dexterr. A little girl came over and asked if she can pet our dog. I told her to go ask her mom? Thought I was doing the right thing, til my kids started laughing and said gosh mom, how rude?? I guess the little girl asked is that a german shepherd?
In my defense, the music was pretty Guess I'm getting old
08-28-2014 12:12 PM
WateryTart Well, I heard a kid barking at my puppy last night. We were out on a late walk, and I heard a barking sound that was pretty good but likely fake. Yup. Some kid barking at my dog.

I thought about letting out a low, menacing growl just to mess with him - I'm pretty convincing with both dog and cat sounds - but I figured that would probably be a little more evil than I'm usually willing to be.
08-27-2014 01:18 AM
Colie CVT Dear Lord, I wouldn't blame a dog to suddenly have some kid in its face and react to that. Many dogs will do that even to adults or anything that may suddenly spook them! Ugh. The level of, are you kidding me, with shoving faces into the face of a dog. -.-

Why must people have to be reminded what common sense is? It's just like... really? How do you miss learning simple things like, don't shove your face into the face of an animal.
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