Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
I visit a nursing home (volunteer visit) & it's pets allowed, so Sonic (and formerly, Dynamo, my late great gsd girl) comes along. There is only one person (a staff member) that whistles at him, and I can tell she's afraid of dogs, so it's weird and frustrating at the same, it's an invitation that cannot be concluded. Even Sonic knows that, so it's uncomfortable. To get him out of the dilemma, I give him a command when she does that, so then he doesn't have to figure out what to do (he is allowed, and encouraged to go up to people who want to pet him).
There is a another woman (family visitor) who is afraid of dogs (we know as we've gone there for years, you get to know, and converse with, both residents and family). She will tell my dog to sit even at a great distance (and Sonic does, not sure how I feel about that).
I think both of these human behaviours are an attempt to control something they are afraid of.
I can't help but add, I always thought that weird (scared) human behaviour to my dogs was due to them being a large protective breed. Dynamo was a very dark blanket back, I could understand her looking intimidating, but Sonic is an under 40lb border collie looking dog, and I still get people crossing the street or giving me whale eye, so maybe breed matters less than I thought.
SONIC--Dominican Street Collie aka 100% Unknown Fibers
All of my other dogs were GSD's, sadly missed, moving forward
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