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I need to vent slightly, so forgive me in advance.
Archer, rolling up now towards 15 months, has been socialised and trained since a small pup not to be dog aggressive. He is developing into a pretty calm dog as he matures, I won't call him bomb proof just yet, but we're getting there. He is particulary passive when it come to small or toy breeds (frankly, I'm not entirely sure he considers them dogs) and will stand there with his big busy tail waving in bemusement.
Last Sunday we went up to Killiney Hill, a beautiful picturesque spot, and strolled along the headways over-looking the sea. The area was very busy, with many small children and tons of dogs, most off lead- but that's okay, Archer is an RB dog ( Irish law) and is never allowed off lead in such places and is used to it. He eyes dogs of course and has many a stop and sniff on the narrow paths, but that's it.
I am, however(!), getting increasingly annoyed at the owners of small dogs who allow their pets to approach Archer, and who then snap at him. I know they can't do him any real damage, and I know it doesn't really bother him, he takes a step back and just looks genuinely befuddled by them, but it's the owners who get on my nerves, by making it a joke or by ignoring their dog's behaviour altogether. The dog that snapped at him on Sunday was a large yorkie, who approached Archer, not the other way around ( I don't actually allow Archer to approach dogs willy-nilly especially toy breeds as he's large and a GSD and can look intimidating and I respect that not everyone wants a big dog in their dog's face).
'Oh, he's so silly!' quoth the lady, 'He always picks on the big dogs.'
My husband laughed it off, but I was so annoyed. If he always 'picks' on big dogs, he's dog aggressive and maybe, Lady, he needs to be on a lead.
Anway, forgive me for the rant. Archer lives in a city and needs to be prepared for all eventualities and perhaps this kind of thing is fodder for him, I don't know. I'm pleased by both his reaction and how calm he is in the face of toy terror adversity, but irked on his behalf I suppose (seriously could you imagine if he approached and snapped at her dog and I made ze leetle joke about it??).

Thanks for letting me deflate my speen. :)
 

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I would simply say something like: "well he's lucky my dog is so easy going, not all dogs like another dog acting like that" or "that's quite an attitude, he's very lucky a larger dog hasn't taken offense to that"

Not all people are the swiftest when it comes to their dogs, you don't have to be full out rude but a reminder may make them think twice about their dog's behaviour and the possible consequences.
 

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I would simply say something like: "well he's lucky my dog is so easy going, not all dogs like another dog acting like that" or "that's quite an attitude, he's very lucky a larger dog hasn't taken offense to that"

Not all people are the swiftest when it comes to their dogs, you don't have to be full out rude but a reminder may make them think twice about their dog's behaviour and the possible consequences.

I like these and will try to remember them in the future :)

I completely agree with your vent and see the same thing here. I'm tired of it too, it's not cute or funny, it's ill mannered and annoying!
 
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