So, I just took Stark out to potty.
We live on the 18th floor of an apartment building. We encounter many dogs, people, children, disabled individuals, elderly people, etc., on a daily basis.
Stark is great with all of them, usually just watches from a sit/down stay while waiting for the elevator... until today.
While waiting for the elevator to bring us back up to our apartment, a family with one child got off the elevator. The little girl was probably around 3-4 years old.
The little girl got off the elevator and immediately screamed at Stark. She was afraid.
I had Stark about 10 feet away from the doors to ensure people could get off without running into us.
Stark stood there and looked at her. The Dad came over and let Stark smell him, and told the little girl, "see, it's okay. Nice dog". I then tried to move passed them on to the elevator.
The little girl SCREAMED again and RAN to her mother on the otherside of the hallway.
Stark barked and made a play bounce at her. Terrified the little girl.
Of course by this point two other people came around the corner and saw Stark barking at this little girl.
I felt like a HORRIBLE dog owner. Poor Stark has no clue what is going on and just wants to play with this little girl. He plays with children all the time at the park and is FINE with them. Even plays with a little girl who is 2 years old (her Golden and Stark are play buddies).
Now, I quickly got on the elevator with one of the newcomers and said, "I think her screaming scared my puppy". He just smiled.. ugh.
So, what should I have done in this situation. There was no getting on the elevator quickly because they were in the way and the doors shut so I had to once again wait for the elevator to come... ugh. I did move away from them a little further and told Stark to "shh.. enough".
I am so upset by this... I feel bad for the little girl, but also kinda
that the parents didn't do anything about the little girl screaming at my dog. I know she was afraid of the size of him, as per the Dad telling me but I don't want him barking or play bouncing at them, it sounds and looks bad.