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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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GSD Service Dog at Zoo

So I saw this video and had to share. I have lots of thoughts on this, but I wanted to see what some of you guys had to say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZJ9...&frags=pl%2Cwn

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 01:13 PM
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I can of course understand someone with a disability wanting to enjoy the zoo, dog is there in service of their human.


The big cats response doesn't surprise me. While I know zoo animals are cared for I always assume they are stressed.


I would think only a very stable dog could focus and continue to work in this type of setting.


That's my thoughts, although not very deep ones. lol
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A little disturbing since both animals were so aroused...
Kind of scary to see how fascinated the cougar was by a dog!

From dog owner point of view - at first seems like owners were praising him for reacting?
When he reacted, the people said things in a positive tone so if I were the dog, I would get the impression that my reactions were a good thing.
Later, they praised him again when he was being calm & quiet & brave, and that seems more appropriate.

It was bit crazy to see the little kids running around in front of the cougar and putting their hands on the glass, etc.
It's like the beginning of a Jurassic Park movie...we are so brave with our "captive" animals, don't really respect them.
That is my two cents!
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I saw this the other day. Nothing on the dog, the dog did great in my opinion. It is the owner that kind of upset me taunting/stressing out the animal with his service dog.

Good on the dog. Bad on the owner in my opinion.
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I saw this the other day. Nothing on the dog, the dog did great in my opinion. It is the owner that kind of upset me taunting/stressing out the animal with his service dog.

Good on the dog. Bad on the owner in my opinion.
Yes, I went back and watched it again until the end, and with sound.


I thought the dog did very well but I was disappointed the owner didn't just move on. I don't think there's any positive training gained by this scenario playing out as long as it did.
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I thought the dogs response was appropriate both at the initial onset and after.
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Cougar in an uproar. Dog licking his lips showing anxiety. Owner video taping.

Classic......
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The dog handled himself remarkably well! Why the owner/handler called his dog's attention to the cat in the first place is beyond me! I think the dog should, and very likely would, have ignored the cat in that setting. Though it's hard to say. I know dogs seem to have very strong instinctual animosity for bears, I would expect a similar instinctual feeling toward a cougar. In any event, it was really sad that the owner didn't just allow the dog to handle the situation naturally, rather than teasing both the cougar and his dog!

On another note, I saw an Akita mix service dog, well over 100 lbs, while out shopping the other day! I was a bit shocked, as Akitas are not exactly known for their even, calm temperament! But this dog conducted himself really well, I was impressed!
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A few years back there was a big fuss made in the media regarding a service dog denied entrance to a zoo in my state.The folks at the zoo attempted to be gracious and accommodating and offered to send a personal(human) escort with the owner of the dog.They even had a safe air conditioned space for the dog to remain in the meantime.The owner refused and started a fuss about discrimination.....

IMO it's not safe for the dogs,owners,and the zoo creatures.

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There is no way to know the owner’s disability. Lack of judgement could be part of it. I’m bothered they posted pictures of other people’s children without permission. Otherwise, it seems typical of zoos. Animals are teased all the time. It should not happen, but it’s set up to do that in the way it’s designed.
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