When discussed getting one with some people....they "warned" us with all the horror story's. Our old vet said they were dangerous and would not be safe with al the kids we have in and out of the house. Our recently deceased 13 1/2 year old jack Russell was far more dangerous. He nipped at my niece and our daughter....we had to train him to avoid kids. The last 6 months he was alive he got to bite each one of us in the household. They said he was suffering from doggie dementia...I never trusted him and would supervise our own kids with him.
I don't know why your friend thinks your dog can't travel with you. That is one of the purposes of our dogs. Since we got them a year ago, they have traveled to the keys, Orlando, cocoa beach, Edisto island, Beaufort, savannah, Arkansas, North Carolina, they go to Resturant with outdoor seating, outdoor movies and out door plays....we have never left them behind when they can go with. They travel better than our small dog ever did. Some people are nervous, but the second they see how well behaved they are...they warm up to them. People are more nerved by the idea of them. The same stories people "warned" us about. Example...a huge group of family's were staying down the beach from us in the keys...large number of kids...newborn to 17. The parents warned all the kids to avoid the dogs (6 months old at the time)...they were the same kind if dog as military and police dogs...they are unpredictable, and you can't pet them. We were throwing the ball in the water, they would get them and bring them back...i guess the parents were not paying attention and a few of the younger kids come running our way....the dogs were so happy to see toddlers (they were raised with three toddlers in and out of our house on a daily basis).... They adore that age group and are soooooo patient and gentle....as the kids made their way to the dogs, the parents come running, to prevent the kids from interacting with the dogs. By the time the parents made their way to the dogs... The kids had snatched tennis balls from their mouths, thrown them and researched the balls! The parents we floored the dogs allowed the kids to take them balls from their mouth. They stated talking and watching the kids interact. When the youngest of two came up, miles belly crawled to greet the smaller one. He laid neck deep in water to allow the smallest to pet and love on him. Everyday for the rest of the week, we would get knocks on our apartment door, it was the kids asking if the dogs could come out and play ball and chase!
Once the parents saw hold mannered they were, gentle and relaxed they were around the kids....they had no concern. They were put off by their intimidating looks, dark coloring, the idea people have because of the jobs and past horror story's....:-/ Can't change people's minds or ideas until they see it for themselves. Train your baby like crazy, teach manners and gentleness...some people will still have their opinions, but that is the world and why politicians push breed legislation. They don't blame the "responsible" owners (the people who make certain dogs mean or fighting dogs)...They blame the breeds...I personally think people should have to take a test before owning animals....but we are In a free country and can be thankful for rescue centers.
The first time we went to our new vets office (did not want to take them to a vet that had such biased opinions of GSD)...the nurse told the vet outside of the door, it was a shepherd, there were two inside, to enter cautiously and to avoid sudden jerky movement....I was inside just giggling.....they have no idea the amount if sudden moments, loud bangs and noises we have in our home. Anyway....they came in, I introduced them and ask her if it was okay for them to greet her like they do our close friends. She said yes, they mauled her with kisses and hugs.... The tech got in on the love, both dogs flipped over for belly rubs....when I said all done, they got up, assumed their sitz position and did whatever the vet asked... Stand for exam, scales, never flinched or twitched durning the exam. They were floored. She never stops telling us how well behaved they are, she has asked for our trainers info for her dogs...! Because they know our dogs allow the hugs and kisses.....they lavish the pups with attention...even at a year old....I think your vet and techs will behave differently when they know they can trust your dog accepts them. Our dogs love being the center of attention. They had to love it with so many kids in and out of the house....I think with all of the holding, cuddling and love it has lead our dogs to believe they can be lap dogs. It makes it worse that the kids that come in and hang our allow the dogs to continue being lap dogs.
My suggestion would be train, train, train....teach manners and forget the comments and attitudes of others. When you dog is doing what it should the right people will find you :-)
Good luck....sometimes people ignorance can be annoying....but life will be way to long if you allow others opinions to shape your day!
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