|08-13-2013 09:07 PM|
I've had the same problem with "small dog folk"; from little purse-dogs on Flexis straight up charging my GSD at Tractor Supply ("WHAT DID YOUR DOG DO TO MY SWEET LITTLE FLUFFY?!" *eyeroll*) all the way to having them picked up a from a block away and carried above shoulder-height 'just in case'. As wonderfully cathartic as it would feel to snap back with a witty and, frankly, well-deserved retort keep in mind that in your case these folks are going to be your neighbors for a while.
You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Once you 'win over' a couple of the locals they're likely to talk, and gossip spreads fast in the purse-dog crowd. You might go from "that dangerous beast dog owner" to "the local person to ask for dog training advice", and that's a powerful position to hold. When someone with a dog reacts to yours, start a conversation.
"Hello! I'm from 7B, I've seen you guys out before. This is *dogs name*, and I'm DogMom. Who is this beautiful little pup?"
Get them talking about their own dog, and then you can really turn on the charm. Questions like "is there any place we can take *dogs name* around here to play with other dogs? He loves playdates, we haven't met anybody to play with here yet" or "is your pup friendly? *dogs name* is very sweet and we'd love to say hi" are direct, and if they're going to be a butt to you it makes it much more difficult when you're ever so nice. If they are going to be a butt, they'll at least look really ugly doing it if anybody else is watching, and you (and your dog!) will look like an angel by comparison.
Playing offensive strategy won't net you much except a few good one-liners and a lot of resentment in the community. Who knows... that yappy poodle and it's 85 year old mom might make a heck of a margarita at the block party! :P
|08-13-2013 08:13 PM|
|LARHAGE||You know, I've only ever had nothing but positive experiences taking my German Shepherds places, they are generally very well behaved, but the vast majority of people usually come up and complement how beautiful my dogs are and recall past memories of long lost German Shepherds, even if they are afraid, or have little dogs, they will say things like " beautiful dog", I've never had someone say anything derogatory or mean about my dogs.|
|08-13-2013 07:30 PM|
|ImJaxon||hah! theres a little chihuaua that goes ape crazy when he sees jaxon. jaxon of course thinks he's a toy. seriously though, that little dog has a set on him, because he probably looks like sushi with legs to an 85lb dog. LOL.|
|08-13-2013 05:19 PM|
While my problem hasn't ended it does make me feel MUCH better that I am not the only one facing this ridiculous judgement! It's true, I will have to learn to ignore the stupid comments and take pride in the fact that I am a caring and responsible mom of a rescue dog who I have taught to have good manners and follow me as a leader. It's just hard, as a first-time GSD owner (I've had beagles and lab mixes previously) to go from a neighborhood community that fawned over my dog and was excited to socialize all kinds of dogs in the shared paths and grassy areas, to a neighborhood where some old lady is shrieking "OH MY GOD GET THAT VICIOUS THING AWAY FROM ME". Sucks for her, she can either get over her fear or plan her walks when I'm not around.
My boyfriend made me feel better about this situation the other day. We went for a walk together (without our dog) and walked by one of the neighbors I knew to be hostile and her equally hostile westie. The westie on the flexi leash of course walked towards us, ignoring that his/her owner was walking in the other direction. My boyfriend then got into a silent play stance with the dog, and the westie went wild and started barking and lunging. When my neighbor failed at getting her dog to quiet down or stop pulling, my boyfriend told her while laughing "ma'am, looks like you need control of your dog, we could have gotten hurt!". She continued yelling at her dog and hurredly dragged her dog in the other direction. The fun begins...
|08-13-2013 04:36 PM|
|Seger||I'm new to owning a GSD and I'm flabbergasted at the reaction from people to the dog. Reading a few of these posts has been helpful. We rescued a near-dead black shepherd a year ago and he is fast becoming one of the best rescues I've ever owned. The reaction from others has troubled me. My late husky/chow mix (looked like a shepherd) was 85 lbs. and people had no problem with her. Seger at the same size is not getting the same reaction - people are afraid of him. Many times I've run into people at the parks on our walks with out-of-control dogs that are barking their heads off at Seger, pulling their owner's arms out of their sockets and I get the weird ugly look from the owner even though my dog is under control, is not barking, heeling right next to me and is looking at them quizzically, he is guilty before he ever opens his mouth. Thank goodness I have great neighbors who are all dog lovers and have brains they utilize. Thanks for helping me understand that people just don't know the breed and how absolutely wonderful they are. I'm sticking w/the GSD folks from now on!|
|08-13-2013 03:31 PM|
|pets4life||lol throny you are too funny :P|
|08-13-2013 10:32 AM|
It stinks that folks treat you in a way that you dislike due to the friend at the end of your leash. In my old neighborhood I rather liked it though when the dirtbag teens would walk the other way when we approached with gunnar.
I treat people walking pit bulls in the same manner that you describe people treating you. I pull my kids close and I give a wide berth. From my perspective I'd rather keep them safe, than be sorry that I didn't. And protecting my family is more important to me than the feelings of the other dog owner.
At the end of the day, good people will eventually give you a chance to make friends and our pups will make clear who are the people that we should be avoiding anyways. Be they neighbors or strangers.
|08-12-2013 08:17 PM|
|08-12-2013 07:20 PM|
They are the ones that need to respect my rights. Me walking my big dog did not disturb them in anyway. The way those people giving me weird look is showing THEY are the ones is not respecting me.
If you are white, try giving that look to a black couple walking in white neighborhood, that is discrimination. Those people are discriminating me and my well behave big dog.
|08-12-2013 07:09 PM|
why is the white shep so scared? i met a couple that were terrified of mine without ever meeting mine.
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