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Old 01-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Some people make me so mad

I really hate to complain/rant, but last night during our nightly walk a lady walking her small dogs (Yorkies or something, I don't care to remember) approached Bear and I. Since Bear is very friendly and I get lots of requests to pet him I thought this was going to be the case again.

Wrong.

This lady, whom I have never met or seen before, came up to me and first started asking me questions. It started off nice enough until she got crazy. She was literally raising her voice at me telling me that I was not equipped to have such an aggressive breed, I didn't know how to handle it, and that I was asking for trouble by bringing him out in public. Meanwhile, Bear was in a sit next to me while her small dogs were barking and trying to snap at him and the lady was blaming Bear for riling her dogs up.

Now, I have a pretty thick skin but some of the things this lady was saying were uneducated and downright mean and unnecessary. I am fully aware that I don't live in the nicest neighborhood, but being 5'11" with a large build and walking a large dog normally make me feeling safer walking at night (that, along with pepper spray).

Has anything like this happened to you? If so, how did you handle it? I just ended up walking away without saying a word while she was still in a full swing rage.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never happened to me, but that lady was one uneducated and hypocritical lady. She needs a reality check on her dogs behavior. I don't think I would consider a GSD an aggressive breed. I would consider most ssmall breeds to be aggressive. I haven't met but maybe two small dogs that are well behaved. But that's most likely owner error. All the large dogs I encounter are typically fairly well behaved.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm 5'6.5", 18 yrs old, and only weigh 100 lbs (I was 90 until Matt made me gain some weight because he was concerned for my health). Koda is only 62.8 lbs (last time I weighed her). But this happens to me often.
Once I had an older woman walk by me at the park, while Koda was in a perfect heel as always. The woman immediately yelled at me that I didn't need to have a big, mean dog in a public area and I needed to leave. I simply stopped moving, turned to her and stared at her. Didn't say anything. Koda sat down beside me but lowered her head so she looked bigger. The woman left.
Another time I had Koda walking and a man with four small dogs on flexi-leads. All of them were at Koda's heals nipping her. She kept her eyes on me, and was literally up against my legs. Yet he screamed at me about endangering his dogs. I told him to get his dogs before I did, he did nothing. So I MADE them leave her alone then continued walking.
I also had a situation where a loose mastiff attacked Koda while she was a pup. I kicked the dog in the face many times, and the owner immediately came after me for it. I didn't back off at all, being the defiant person I am, and called AC on his idiot dog.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe I would of told her own dogs were out of control but you took the high road and walked away, and that's a good thing. Don't let what a crazy person tells you bother you. Just keep on enjoying your dog, some people are clueless.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When Shelby was only 10 weeks old, a woman in my neighborhood walked by us on a walk and without making eye contact with me said "that type of dog should be banned just like pit bulls". I was in complete shock but decided not to respond. She is an older woman and was walking her own dog which is a Chow. I figure maybe shes had a bad experience with GSDs. I do still make a point to say hello every time I see her in the neighborhood. Kill them with kindness! Makes me even more motivated to prove her wrong by training Shelby to be on her best behavior.


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Old 01-09-2013, 07:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have to agree about the small breeds (for the most part, there are always exceptions) being little jerks. They are allowed to get away with too many things and end up essentially ruling the house due to biting, growling, and overall just being a pain in the a** to deal with. I've seen this with some of my friends dogs. They just let the dog do it for one reason or another, but if a large dog was able to get away with half of that, the world would end and that would be dangerous.

I guess i just have to come to the reality that not everyone can be a sane, educated, and polite person haha
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I have to agree about the small breeds (for the most part, there are always exceptions) being little jerks. They are allowed to get away with too many things and end up essentially ruling the house due to biting, growling, and overall just being a pain in the a** to deal with. I've seen this with some of my friends dogs. They just let the dog do it for one reason or another, but if a large dog was able to get away with half of that, the world would end and that would be dangerous.

I guess i just have to come to the reality that not everyone can be a sane, educated, and polite person haha
I see this even moreso at the dog park. A small dog will charge and attack big dogs, and everyone thinks it's cute or funny. If my girl so much as bared a tooth at that small dog for biting her, she would be deemed a monster. You learn to brush it off. Though I have a big mouth and bad attitude when it comes to my dog sooo...
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You guys need to start having a sense of humor about these people. Next time, bare your teeth and growl at her. If you can manage to get just a little spit on your lip while you do it, I bet she never comes near you again.
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You guys need to start having a sense of humor about these people. Next time, bare your teeth and growl at her. If you can manage to get just a little spit on your lip while you do it, I bet she never comes near you again.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Irritable hag.

But I would be interested in knowing the types of questions she was asking before she got crazy, and what exactly she said when she did get crazy so we can pick her apart properly.
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