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01-10-2014 12:03 PM
halo2013
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Yes! The first trainer, which had good reviews online...kept referring to our two 3 month old pups...as "bully breed"....she had only negative things to say about shepherd as she was trying to train us. Saying you have to correct them super hard to get the point across because they are so bullheaded and dominate.....needless to say the third negative thing she had to say about them....we grab our furbabys and left. Our female at a year old has already passed her therapy dog test and has cheered up many patients and will be helping kids learn to read staring in February. Bully breed....I think we should label the people that cause the issue that get dogs labeled bully breeds. I think a dog is who it is because of the humans it has come in contact with!


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Exactly. A dog is an image of what a human makes it. We as humans have no one to thank but ourselves. And anyone who is breed prejudice in my opinion should be treated the same way "oh you've had tickets and citations?" So your a crazy ass criminal keep as far as humanly possible from respectable civilization. And let let them first hand see what it feels like to never be trusted over stupid ****


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01-10-2014 04:25 AM
sarah1366 I get wide birth when people see 2 shepherds walking towards them snd mine do behave when people approach but I think most people terrified of big dogs anyway

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01-10-2014 02:33 AM
Shaolin Yes and no. Finn doesn't look like a normal GSD, so most people are just put off by size and nothing more. It's not until they are petting him and ask what he is that they suddenly back up and get all weird about him being a GSD.

The ones who know what he but don't know him usually stay far away from him even though he'd rather love on everyone he meets. I've had people cross the street or pick up their kids out of fear. I was not allowed in an obedience class because he was going to attack the smaller breeds because he's a "dangerous breed". He wasn't even six months old.

The upside is, it's opened a whole new world for me when it comes to dog owners. I'd rather be around "bully breed" owners because their dogs are usually extremely well mannered and well trained versus non "dangerous" dogs
01-10-2014 01:54 AM
GSD Dad I have a large off leash dog park (13 acres) near my house that seldom has anyone using it, so that's the only reason I go there. More times than I can count I have watched other people pull up in their cars and not get out with their dogs (presumably because of Thor). He cares more about his ball than any other dogs, and honestly pays them minimal attention as long as they are not aggressive, but as soon as he hops back in my truck and we pull out to leave, they will get out and let their dogs run free. It used to really bother me, but I honestly find it laughable now. It's their problem, not mine and Thor's.


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01-10-2014 01:00 AM
Sarah~ Yes, but they are much more scared of my little pit mix. Eko gets the scared looks and some people have backed away, and some say that's a big dog! He scares the pizza man. And his bark is pretty scary too, I even jump if I'm caught off guard. He does what I wanted him too, looks intimidating and keeps the bad guys away. Xena is barely half Eko's size but she gets the most stares, nasty comments, and people avoiding us.
01-10-2014 01:00 AM
havery
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My thoughts are if your breed prejudice fine that's your problem. But my dog is like my kid and ill protect her like one. So doing spiteful things like I've heard being done will just start an all out problem

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I'm super paranoid about keeping an eye on my dogs because of spiteful people. When I was a kid I grew up with a Doberman (as in when she was a puppy she slept next to my crib and woke my mom up when I tried to climb out). The neighbor was scared of her just because she was a dobbie. They sabotaged the gate to try to either try to get her to bite someone or get her run over and eventually ended up poisoning her with antifreeze. The local law wouldn't investigate because 1) it was "just" a dog and 2) it was our fault for having a "dangerous" breed.

I'm not really concerned with why people are scared. I'm concerned with what people will do because they're scared.
01-09-2014 11:08 PM
alexg It does not help that according to the statistics collected by the insurance companies the GSD is #1 breed that is most likely to bite.
01-09-2014 10:50 PM
selzer Breed prejudice is something that we have because we choose to own a breed that is:

1) Extreemly popular -- not only has it been #2 or #3 on AKC registrations, it is a breed that has a lot of unregistered dogs as well;

2) Originally bred to herd sheep and guard the flock, and has pioneered as a military working dog, and police dog, to do these jobs, guarding and biting people is part of it;

3) The breed is large, has upright ears, a toothie grin, an I-mean-business bark, and is normally dark in color, even possibly resembling wolves in many minds;

4) The standard calls for an aloof temperament. This is not a dog that is generally all wags and falling all over itself to get pets from every one;

and

5) The dog has a repuation for dog bites. Most of the people you will meet will know someone who was bitten by a GSD. Now, they may not have all been GSDs, but it doesn't really matter. It is not what they are, it is how they are perceived to be that makes a reputation. It is what it is.

One would need to have lived on a desert island to be unaware of a GSDs potential breed bias. Many of us have the breed and love the breed, because they are impressive and interesting creatures. Hagrid would approve of them.

You cannot go out and get a breed like GSDs, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, and then cry foul, people are scared of my dog. If you want a dog that no one is afraid of, get an English Setter.
01-09-2014 10:44 PM
mcdanfam Yes! The first trainer, which had good reviews online...kept referring to our two 3 month old pups...as "bully breed"....she had only negative things to say about shepherd as she was trying to train us. Saying you have to correct them super hard to get the point across because they are so bullheaded and dominate.....needless to say the third negative thing she had to say about them....we grab our furbabys and left. Our female at a year old has already passed her therapy dog test and has cheered up many patients and will be helping kids learn to read staring in February. Bully breed....I think we should label the people that cause the issue that get dogs labeled bully breeds. I think a dog is who it is because of the humans it has come in contact with!


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01-09-2014 10:28 PM
halo2013 My thoughts are if your breed prejudice fine that's your problem. But my dog is like my kid and ill protect her like one. So doing spiteful things like I've heard being done will just start an all out problem

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