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|08-24-2014 10:39 AM|
|08-24-2014 08:59 AM|
Originally Posted by Ruby'sMom View Post
If I notice something I will usually make my way to them in a not obvious way.. and strike up a conversation about thwir pup. I ask about how old, where they got them, and we just talk about dog stuff and our lives with them 99.9% of the time they mention something about their dog be scared or that they are trying to socialize because he isn't big on dogs.. or something that I can lead off on the behavior subject.. I also usually ask if they mind hearing my opinion on the subject and it's never been a problem.
For me it's about building up that casual non threatening relationship then sharing your thoughts. Sometimes I don't even mention anything at the time, sometimes it just isnt the right time and they say they'll see me the next day and I make a point to be there.
There's nothing wrong with giving people advice or educating them on certain things but it's completely about tact and manner at which you speak to them. "You might try.. this" or "well I dont know if it will work but this helped us.." versus "you shouldn't be doing this.." or "why arent you doing this?"
Now I will say I have told some to leave the park with no tact at all.. that that's at the point where his dog is seeing red and I watch as he targeted every dog bigger than him in the park and once he made his way over to us. I told him he needed to leave because his dog was going to get seriously injured and/or injure another dog.
|08-22-2014 04:33 PM|
I would probably avoid speaking to an owner about his or her dog. That can be very similar to speaking to them about their child, and I'm not going there.
It is none of my business how his dog acts until it affects Lisl or I.
While you might mean well and have the best of intentions, that could turn a friendly hello into a nasty argument.
|08-22-2014 03:02 PM|
We all work hard to have healthy happy well-mannered canine companions. I've followed this forum and comments about reactive dogs .... Nerviness, etc. I get a little upset when I see or hear of a dog not being corrected for behavior that could lead to a dangerous situation, whether it's to another dog or human. I'm pleased to hear Wyoung talking to owners at dog parks. How do you approach the topic? I would imagine that it could get heated. 😳
|08-21-2014 02:11 PM|
|wyoung2153||Yeah I can see that. I have heard of/witnessed some nervy/frightened dogs being picked on at the dog park.. never a good scenario.. I always talk to the owners at that point.|
|08-21-2014 02:06 PM|
|08-21-2014 02:01 PM|
Guess it's within your experiences. I have only had Titan on my own so it's what I can relate to. I guess it's similar to how I feel when I have people come over. They don't understand why we meet them in the drive way vs just letting them greet Titan in the house.. because then Titan would appear to want to eat them. Meeting outside saves us and additional step I have had many a pizza guys ask if my dog is safe because they came to the door before I could realize they were in my drive way. He's not aggressive, honestly, but appears that way ONLY in the home when people come to our door.. I digress.. lol.
Long tangent to say that I am going to start thinking differently now. I am glad your boy did well even if you knew he was on the verge of a meltdown. I can't imagine that!
Originally Posted by Steve Strom View Post
|08-21-2014 01:51 PM|
|Steve Strom||And then being on another, another side, I've had a couple of nervy, insecure dogs that became targets of not normally aggressive dogs.|
|08-21-2014 01:45 PM|
Being on the other side makes you a lot more sympathetic!
Just this weekend I was walking her around the grounds at a flyball tournament. She had to pass a grass area where a lady was throwing a Frisbee for her BC. My dog was doing great until a bad throw sent the dog barreling toward us where it jumped and caught the Frisbee.
My dog held it together, but was very 'up' and her hackles were up. She did great though, and the BC owner probably didn't even pick up on the near blow up.
|08-21-2014 10:57 AM|
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