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02-11-2015 09:44 AM
Ruger Monster I haven't had anyone bark at Ruger yet, but over the weekend we took him to a dog-friendly restaurant and someone's 2 kids were just awkwardly standing there staring at him. Instead of asking to pet him (or even saying anything), one of them stood there just out of leash-reach. Ruger got bored with him and laid down by our feet (good job, 12-week old pup! lol)

Eventually the kid sat down & started trying to feed him grass - we told him to please not do that. He was lightly petting Ruger's back, and the Ruger got into puppy mouthing mode. Finally, after about 10 minutes, the kids mom comes over & asked us if he was being nice to the dog. The kid gets up and said "He's a mean mean dog!" ... Luckily the mom had some kind of sense (even if it wasn't keeping tabs on her children at all times) and told him that's what puppies do and he's not mean. Then thanked us for letting him pet Ruger and left. The BF & I just looked at each other, shook our heads, and had to laugh.
02-06-2015 11:40 AM
Traveler's Mom I find it amazing that I can be walking Traveler and adults on bikes come from behind and will just whiz by us. I'm lucky that Traveler is unfazed but I'm usually startled.

My SOP is to move Traveler off the trail when I see activity around us but sometimes I am unaware someone is coming up from behind. All I'm asking for is a Beep Beep or Ring Ring or even "Hey Move!"

Lynn & Traveler
02-06-2015 10:13 AM
dogma13 Lol Shade!!
02-06-2015 09:26 AM
Mumma1 Depends on the age of the child, I guess, as to how I feel about it. If its a young kid (6 or under) I would try to take their imagination into account. Maybe they really believe they ARE talking to the dog?
I seem to have vague recollections of meowing at a cat of mine when I was a child, thinking I was "talking cat". And our daughter moos at cows...

Its another thing when its an adult barking or growling to get a reaction out of a strange dog. I think that says a lot about a person, and I would avoid them at all costs.
08-29-2014 11:27 AM
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 10:03 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 04:48 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 04:36 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 04:14 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 04:06 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.
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