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post #41 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-06-2018, 04:13 PM
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Yes, the meth addicts at the mall are terrified of mine.
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post #42 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 12:36 PM
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People often cross the street to avoid Beau, even when he is just sniffing in his own world. I saw one woman move pretty fast when she saw us, not quite a run but close. I frankly prefer the avoiders to the people who want to pet him.
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post #43 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 11:29 AM
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Iíve had people avoid them, but I understand that not everyone is a dog lover and could have been attacked/traumatized at some time in their life or just never grew up with dogs. Some people the only time they see dogs, particularly GSDs, is doing some sort of police or military work. These dogs are high lighted as being potentially volatile so I try to be mindful and avoid people who are not immediately open.
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post #44 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 01:47 PM
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We took Kona to a park with a nice easy walking/hiking trail for the first time and an older couple comes walking the opposite direction on the trail to us and as they get close to us, they just stop walking and asked us, seriously, "Is it okay if we walk by you?"

LOL, yes. This 6 month old puppy is not going to attack you. That said, I get it. Some people have no idea how to properly control their dogs. So it's fine, I wasn't offended or anything, but it was funny.
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post #45 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 04:00 PM
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Never with just Deja. With the two together it has changed. First, most comments were on how it was cute to see an adult dog with a pup. But now Griff is growing up and to the average person not looking like a pup anymore, people look as I am about to have my dogs attack them. They often look disapproving or increase distance, despite the dogs behaving well. I have to admit that I feel sometimes embarrassed walking with that power pack. To me they are just my good buddies but I can understand that they can look intimidating as a couple and I am respectful of that.
Maybe having them wear a cutesy bandanna? (Not! )
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post #46 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 09:28 PM
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“Maybe having them wear a cutesy bandanna? (Not! )”

People react differently when Beau is carrying his ball. More smiles, fewer avoiders, more requests to pet (which I politely decline). You could try that....
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post #47 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-09-2018, 03:51 AM
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Most people in my city are too distracted by my dog's bright red 'TRUMP' bandanna to remember to be afraid of him.
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post #48 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-09-2018, 08:28 AM
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I met three tall young men walking to their bus stop (high school age). From a little over a block away, two crossed the street and one stayed on our sidewalk heading toward us. As we passed the two I called, "are you afraid?" and they chuckled. The young man who walked right past us held his head high and walked with confidence ignoring my two dogs. It almost seemed like a personal dare to himself to do it. But he did it perfectly. If more people walked past dogs like that we might have a bit less human reactive dogs on leashes.
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