|04-07-2014 12:00 PM|
I don't care for that kind of question but it's telling of the asker. Simply put, it's an arrogant person who says these things. They've heard some stories about GSDs but don't really know the breed. They want to know for whatever reason. Nosy perhaps.
In that situation:
Holding my recently departed Morgan's leash, I'd have told them straight up. She LOVES children, she got upset if there was a toddler walking by and it didn't squeek pointing Doggie Doggie. Adults she didn't trust easily because she was abused before I had her. Other dogs, she's a nazi, only likes pointy eared dogs and thinks labs are the arch enemy.
If it was Otto, he loves the ladies. Men he wants to wrestle them in a fun way. Kids are awesome but little boys can not talk to his little girl without him watching them. Other dogs should call him Sir and only Venus can play with him.
Venus: she loves humans, big humans little humans, all humans except the guy who hoists her on the nail clipping table, he kinda scares her and makes her pee. Other dogs, she wants to play with them by jumping on their heads but she's learning to have Otto's attitude of they don't matter.
|04-07-2014 10:58 AM|
|Blanketback||If the honest answer is, "Sometimes" then use that as your answer. "Yeah, sometimes my dog is great around kids/dogs and sometimes it's a bad scene." And then avoid the situations that you know for a fact are giving your dog the chance to practice behaviors that you don't want. There's no point in letting your dog make bad associations with dogs or children. Even simple changes like pet store shopping at night, when less people are there, is helpful.|
|04-07-2014 10:57 AM|
|04-07-2014 10:53 AM|
The best way to CYA is to limit interaction and if you're in any way at all unsure, just say "he's in training, please don't pet him."
|04-07-2014 10:44 AM|
Point is...if people are asking the question, it means they know enough about how to greet a dog or what to expect from a dog to even ask.
|04-07-2014 10:19 AM|
I can sit here and come up with thousands of hypotheticals as well...I don't expect people to ask 100 questions before they pet my dog.
|04-06-2014 02:16 AM|
|njk||I don't think it's bad to ask personally. At my pup's preschool there was a large pup allowed in (he was over the allowed age so I don't know he was allowed in, but I digress) and I was wary letting my pup near him. I think it's instinctual when it comes to protecting those you love who are vulnerable. So when the roles are reversed and my pup is the big one around small dogs or puppies, I will understand the owners of said pups being wary. And it turned out my instincts were right about the aforementioned pup - he was very possessive of his sister, who was brought in with him, and got a bit vicious with all the pups and had to be removed from the room.|
|04-06-2014 01:46 AM|
|Ellimaybel||Plus it does get super distracting around a lot of children. When my step daughter brings her 4 kids over she doesn't watch them at all. She and my husband sit on the couch and talk and I'm left running around after her 4 kids. Her one son is just too much for me. I've caught him picking up my remote and throwing it across the room, pulling the little dog's tail, and jumping on furniture all within a 4 second time span. With only one person watching the kids I find it easier just to separate my animals from them for my poor animals sakes!|
|04-06-2014 01:36 AM|
|04-06-2014 01:27 AM|
|Juliem24||I agree with the OP, people ask what seems to be dumb questions. Today, I'm walking my dog down the middle of the street and he's barking his head off for who knows what reason, I'm correcting, distracting, luring and attempting to shut him up, and someone yells at me from the sidewalk "does he always bark like that?" No, cuz I would lose my mind! It was just one of those mouthy sassy days. If your kid was misbehaving, I wouldn't ask you if he always acts like that, I'd let you be embarrassed in private! I do strongly discourage any face time from dogs or kids with this dog, though. First he has to learn a few more manners. I have spent many years as an ER nurse, I don't particularly want to talk to anyone after 3 twelve hour shifts, so it works out well. I just say"please don't touch the dog, he's learning how to be a good dog" and keep on going.|
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