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I just got followed about 50ft down the sidewalk by an off leash Great Dane puppy. Cute lil' bugger, though clearly an oblivious owner. The owner called over and over for the dog to come back but it just kept padding along next to me.

I was on my phone and ignored both her and the puppy and kept walking back towards my place. The puppy just followed along like it and I were out for a walk. Realizing the puppy wasn't going to leave me I finally stopped and stood there waiting for the owner to come to us.

Attempting to be friendly I said, "Might be time to invest in a leash." The lady held up her hand and said, "I've got one right here." Meanwhile the pup began jumping up on my legs. I stepped back and said, "That's the thing with leashes though, they don't do much good unless they're attached."

Apparently I was seriously over stepping my bounds because she gave me the meanest look. She snapped the leash on the puppy and took off back down the sidewalk without another word.

All this to ask, do you correct people in public?
 

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No. I just yell at them to call/come get their dog if it's being obnoxious at the park.

In the situation you describe, I would and have just totally ignore and keep walking. It's on the other dog's owner to come and collect it, not my responsibility what happens to it.
 

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I treat every situation on its own merits.

Saturday I was at PetsMart. Someone had a small child holding a puppy that they couldn't decide if it was 5 or 8 weeks old. It looked 4 weeks old, and I know what four week old puppies look like. It was a lab/shepherd mix, and if it was 5 weeks, then it was small and probably better off away from the breeder, because it wasn't getting its needs met.

Of course I did not touch it. I just asked how old it was, and they told me what it was, and how old they thought it was. I then gave a bit of unsolicited advice, I said: "Don't put it down in there." There quickly said, "No, we are going to carry it." I then left.

New puppy owners are some times unaware of dangers. I wouldn't have had that puppy out. It was shaking. I certainly would not have had that puppy at a dog inhabited area. I didn't say all that. But I wanted the people to be thinking about the dangers to the puppy being there, without overwhelming them.

A lot of times it is how you say something, how you come across and not that you corrected someone or gave unsolicited advice. And, I am not saying to sugar coat or beat around the bush -- that's crap. I didn't. I said, "Don't." That is a command. But it is coming from someone with no power to enforce it. But it was not said in a way that suggested I was putting them down, or being snarky.

I think where you erred, if you erred, is that you tried to make light of a serious issue by using sarcasm, and that generally comes off nasty. Yes, you could have been irritable about their puppy jumping on you, and if you would have said, "You can't just let your dog jump on people." That would have probably been accepted with an apology. Because you were the injured party and the lady knows that.

Ah well, I know you know what I am saying so I'll shut up.
 

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Never have.Yet:)I think you were right Kahrg.If that was my puppy I would have been very apologetic.
 

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Oh, and the jumping puppy? Would have been given a knee to the chest.

Yes I'm aware that's not best practice. With my own, I used a hip turn and stern verbal correction. I'd have done the knee with a random dog, because, well - not my dog, natural consequence if you (random general owner "you") won't keep your dog's paws on the ground. I'm short and the knee works well for me in terms of not getting knocked over by a large dog or puppy. If you (again, general) don't want me kneeing your dog, keep it from jumping on me.
 

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A Great Dane puppy? :wub: I would have stopped and given it some serious loving while ensuring its safety until its owner could retrieve it. I would have then most likely struck up a friendly conversation with the owner for two reasons, one being so I could continue to love on the Dane puppy and the second would have been to make some positive suggestions.
 

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A Great Dane puppy? :wub: I would have stopped and given it some serious loving while ensuring its safety until its owner could retrieve it. I would have then most likely struck up a friendly conversation with the owner for two reasons, one being so I could continue to love on the Dane puppy and the second would have been to make some positive suggestions.
Ditto :)
 

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I used to see a lady with a female Golden Retriever puppy. Every time I saw them the dog was running away from her, going to up to every kid or dog that was at the park. She'd be standing there yelling "RED" "RED". Then one day she came up to my dog, I held her till she could come and get her. She explained to me Red was supposed to be an emergency recall. Extra urgency on it. I made a sarcastic comment about it, and she looked like I had really said something hurtful. For whatever reason I decided then to curb my inner jerk, not an easy thing to do, and just be polite or not say anything at all.
 

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As far as dog behavior goes, sometimes. As far as human behavior goes, sometimes. On dog behavior itdepend on the situation - an adult dog running up to mine - yes. "Get your dog!" Maybe it's not correcting, maybe it is more ordering people about. Or in the case of one woman with todler and rambuctous pup in the vets office - she was scolding her pup "why can't you be like those dogs?" I joined her to tell her that at that age, my dogs acted like her pup was acting -- that things did change for the better. For someone whose dog has just dumped in public - "pick that up please". For humans misbehaving - I've called CSD many times if it involves a child.

So, yeah but very much "how" depends on "what" and "where."
 

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As far as dog behavior goes, sometimes. As far as human behavior goes, sometimes. On dog behavior itdepend on the situation - an adult dog running up to mine - yes. "Get your dog!" Maybe it's not correcting, maybe it is more ordering people about. Or in the case of one woman with todler and rambuctous pup in the vets office - she was scolding her pup "why can't you be like those dogs?" I joined her to tell her that at that age, my dogs acted like her pup was acting -- that things did change for the better. For someone whose dog has just dumped in public - "pick that up please". For humans misbehaving - I've called CSD many times if it involves a child.

So, yeah but very much "how" depends on "what" and "where."
That seems like being reassuring to me!

I don't like to downplay what a good dog mine can be, but I've also reassured owners of younger dogs who say stuff like, "Wow, she's REALLY well behaved/nice/well trained" with wistfulness or slight despair in their voices that mine did X things too at that age, they do learn and grow out of it.
 

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Depends on the situation. A father with young son arrived at the dog park with their 6 week old puppy and took it to the dog drinking station. I told the father it wasn't a good idea to let the pup drink, explaining the pup didn't have the immunity of an older dog and could get sick. The father listened, I didn't say the pup was too young to be at the dog park, that may have been a bridge too far. (I bring water for my dog when we go out).
 

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Correct people in public?

Yes, but I have a service dog and have to tell them not to pet her, talk to her etc. So I correct people on their dogs too. Don't let your dog come up to mine, she is working.

But I also correct people on non-dog stuff. Told a lady that in CA you can turn right on a red light after a stop. Don't have to wait for green.

But then again I am a smart ass and run my mouth probably when I should not. I would have kept walking with the puppy all the way to my house and taken it in my house and have a new puppy. :grin2:
 

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Yeah I do. But it depends on the situation.

Last Fall I was at the Renn fair and a woman passed us with her obvious service dog, a young child started hollering and running after said service dog. I turned toward the family and said " get your kid, that's a service dog, don't let her distract him". The family sheepishly reigned in their kid.

At the Petsmart a family was talking about getting a fish tank. One of those separated ones where you put multiple Betta fish and can watch them fight through the divider. I flat out said "don't do that, it's cruel to the fish".

If I see something dangerous in regards to dogs, I speak out. Working at a vet I see plenty of people come in with off leash dogs and let them run up to other dogs. I always step in with a firm " not everyone is healthy or friendly, do you need a leash".

If I am out and about and see someone struggling, I ask " can I give you a pointer?" If they are open, I help.

If I see kids handling a dog and not doing a good job, I step in and politely talk to them about keeping everyone safe.

But I have been on the receiving end of unsolicited advice " of you should use a harness instead of a prong, it's better for pulling." " oh he is friendly" and stupid stuff.

So if I need to intervene, for safety I will. But I am careful.
 

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My sister's kids had a couple of betas in that tank. They couldn't be together, because Betas will fight, but they never fought through the slotted tanks, they were quite peaceable. After Mufasa died on me, they got another, Pichu, and they get along ok in that tank.

The paraketes, not so much. Peekachu flat out died on them. Strangest thing. So they got another. I suggested two because my sister's family is on the move, etc. They got two, and they had a big cage, but they had to get a second cage and the birds like being near each other, but they can't be in the same cage.

I never knew paraketes were so much work. I told her to just bite the bullet and let her kids have a puppy, but she is adamant, 12 years old AND responsible.
 

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In the case with the Great Dane puppy, I would have stopped and played with it as soon as it approached me, I would have either held onto it until the owner got there or I would have walked it back. If the puppy jumped on me I would have most likely told him to sit and then praised him. I would have advised the owner nicely that it's dangerous for the pup to be without a leash and gave examples(theft or getting hit by car)

I generally will only will say something if it endangers a person or animal. I have not been very nice at the vet--I have no patience for flexi leashes and the lack of control people have. I do not want any dogs at the vet near my dogs, mainly because I don't know what they have or if they are sick--I try to stay away from the vet and only go when absolutely necessary.

I have no problem telling someone off if they are hurting a dog or being careless. Most of the time it's advice if they are struggling.
 

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I think one has to make the distinction between correcting someone, as in telling them they aren't doing something right, vs informing somebody, i.e., there are better ways to do something.
 

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I think if perhaps I hadn't been on the phone, or was able to easily end that phone conversation I might have been a bit more receptive of the pup's attentions. However, when someone is obviously walking away from your dog and it's not responding to a recall I'd like to think as an owner I would have been chasing after my dog, not yelling it's name over and over from the starting point. Idk, maybe I'm turning in a grump. :p
 

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Oh, and the jumping puppy? Would have been given a knee to the chest.

Yes I'm aware that's not best practice. With my own, I used a hip turn and stern verbal correction. I'd have done the knee with a random dog, because, well - not my dog, natural consequence if you (random general owner "you") won't keep your dog's paws on the ground. I'm short and the knee works well for me in terms of not getting knocked over by a large dog or puppy. If you (again, general) don't want me kneeing your dog, keep it from jumping on me.
Hip check ??? I'd not hear of that, the knee thing works for me but by and large it's not an easy thing to learn??

Judging by the results of others, and I've found the knee thing .. only stops a dog from jumping on you.
 

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You are right, they should have been collecting their dog. No doubt.

She probably should have apologized too.

But when you started making snide comments, well, I'm sorry, but she doesn't owe you anything. You seem put out that she had a mean look. Well if you would have told her, don't let your puppy jump on me, or your pretty fortunate my dog is not dog-aggressive. She probably wouldn't have looked mean.

You don't need to love on every dog because it's a puppy. But as a dog owner, for me, I always try to remember, "But for the grace of God, that could be me."
 
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