I had a weird one the other day where an off leash dog ran up to my dogs to say hi so I let my leashed dogs say hi back and then the owner yelled at me saying ‘don’t do that with my dog!’ 🤷♀️
I was walking in a park once and someone’s off leashed dog ran up to me and jumped on me. I reached down to push it off me and pet him and the owner came up and and told me not to pet their dog. Like...your dog pet me first lol.
That's so annoying. Literally today, I was walking my dog (on a leash), and another guy is walking towards us with his dog off-leash. His dog starts heading towards mine pretty quickly, so at about 15-20ft away I say, "Hey! My dog is pretty sassy..." And the dude goes, "Oh yeah, mine too..." then proceeds to do nothing! Of course, a second later his dog's face is in my shih-tzu's butt which resulted in wild snaps and snarls from both of them... Like dude, if you know your dog's aggressive, either intercept that shit or keep it on a freaking leash, damn.
Edit: Dope! My first award!! (I knew my shih-tzu's butt would be worth something someday.) Serious question about Reddit etiquette, guys: If I know the user that gave me the award am I supposed to thank them specifically in my "thank you edit"? Or do I like, idk send nudes /s? What's the proper (but not annoying) response when publicly thanking award givers?
Not a dog owner, was heading out and the neighbors dog was off leash, basically chased my wife back up the stairs barking and snarling ( to be clear, the dog was barking and snarling, my wife is perfectly pleasant), I yell to her to get her dog. She proceeds to scream in my face that her dog doesn't bite. I reply that's exactly what every dog owner says right before they bite someone. Cursed myself, the damn thing bit me not 30 seconds later. I showed her the open, bleeding wound her dog just made in front of her and she said her dog didn't do that. Dog owners, control your animals.
Document the injury and report that to your local animal control board (or equivalent), they’ll probably want to do a rabies test just in case and the dog/owner will get a citation. Plus if you have any medical bills the dog’s owner will likely have to cover those
All already done. Filed a police report, reported to the complex, etc. They were " talked to ". I love animals, but I'm not getting bitten again. My wife has anxiety and starts getting nervous when it's time to go anywhere since this happened.
Ive had my on leash small dog attacked by an off leash big dog and then got told my dog started the fight because he growled first...
Some people are just terrible
I've had my on-leash big dog attacked by an off-leash big dog and it was a terrifying time, I can't even imagine the amount of stress having a small dog attacked by a big dog could cause. People really need to start leashing their pets better. It's extremely important.
It’s people like this causing a state to push for general on-leash laws where nobody is allowed to walk their dog off leash in public spaces.
As it should be the law already
All these theives causing us to have anti-theft laws damn
Good, fuck people who walk their dogs off leash
Honestly not sure I'd get the meaning in the moment if someone told me their dog was 'sassy' when they meant aggressive. Sassy generally is used in a positive way in my experience.
I don't understand people like that at all. Like... Why not let people pet the dog?
I'm a grumpy asshole and even I'm not that bad. Like if the dog wants to be pet, it's mean to not let it.
I'm starting over. The tribe has spoken and my other comments were clearly shitty.
All I'm asking is that if someone's dog is jumping on you, and you see the owner is trying to stop it, please do not continue to reward the dogs behavior.
It's very exciting for a "friendly" dog to get this kind of attention and it's a bigger reward than it might seem.
Many people will say "ah don't worry, he's fine", and continue to interact with the dog even after you ask them not to. I'm sure they are friendly people that just like dogs, but it can be pretty frustrating sometimes.
Hopefully this is less of an asshole response. I was half asleep and being stupid before. Sorry
I was walking mine up the snowy, narrow sidewalk the other day and we came up to a woman and an unleashed dog. The dog seemed pretty old and I'm not really one to care if the dogs behaved. Was going to just pass by but the old dog stepped out to sniff mine so I stopped a moment to let them greet and the woman was like, "Oh, he usually doesn't like that!"
Wtf have him on a leash then!
People are difficult to understand
People are selfish assh*les *
This one guy's dog would run off everytime he my dog. His dog was super friendly, but it was irritating because the guy had a bad knee and took forever to catch up and this happened often yet he still didn't keep the dog leashed.
The worst was a walk in the dark, me hearing heavy breathing behind me and I turned expecting some creep but thank god it was just the dog. Little shit just about gave me a heart attack 😅
I once had a woman with her leashed dog walk up to me and my (leashed) dog, she did ask if her dog could say hi but the dog was in my dog's face before I could even say anything. My dog growled and she just left, no sorry or anything, not a word. It was weird.
Very disappointed this wasn't about how astronaut dogs are supposed to behave in outer space.
Raise your hand if you came here for this! ✋
I did. I thought it was about nasa space dogs.
I reported OP on false content
I think OP should Apollogize
That was why I clicked this in the first place.. So disappointed. . .
This exact thought is what made me think this was a metaphor for astronaut behavior and I was just like "NASA needs to hire some therapists".
I had this lady come up to me with her two little yappy dogs on a leash. She kept saying how friendly they were despite growling at my dog. My dog is going blind, so I repeatedly kept telling her, "She's anxious and she can't see. She's not friendly." It took every ounce of my being not to yell at her. Then she touches my very stiff and frightened dog! I couldn't believe it. Who touches a large dog (40+ lbs) that they don't know after being told they're not friendly?
You'd be amazed. I was pet sitting once, a distinctly unfriendly GSD. He liked his family and had taken a shine to me (I was their neighbor) but hated everyone else. They hired me to watch him because the local kennel wouldn't take him. I was out walking him one day when a guy walks up.
"Nice dog. Does he bite?"
Guy reaches to pet anyway. Dog lunges. Teeth snap shut on air as I pull the dog away.
Guy: "What the hell?!"
"I literally just told you he bites!"
I walked away at that point, and never saw that guy again, so I don't know exactly what he was thinking, but now that I'm older and wiser, I can guess:
-You have the "oh, if a woman can handle the dog, I'll be fine" guys.
-The "all animals love me, so I feel entitled to touch every critter I see," folks.
-There's "I'm asking because it's the polite thing to do, but I'm not really listening to the answer."
-And of course, the classic "this handler I just met obviously needs my unsolicited advice on how to train their animal, which I'm definitely qualified to give because I've watched two episodes of the Dog Whisperer.'"
The "all animals love me" are the worst people. They think if an animal growls at you it's because you're a bad person. They also think they're a gelflings who are impervious to bites or kicks in the chest from horses, and worst of all, they never consider that they might be terrible pet owners.
"I know all about creatures in general, but especially my dog. He's fine in the middle of this cafe" meanwhile the dog is scared shitless with all the human stranger interaction. Same people get tons of cats and never clean their litter and leave the house filthy and unhygienic, stressing out the cats.
Dogs tend to love me!
The secret is that I give them their own personal space :)
Same with cats. Cats love boundaries :)
I'm allergic to cats, so naturally they aggressively demand my attention all the time lol. Sniffly humans also need boundaries, fuzzy ones.
TRUE. Cats are the ones who really need to learn their boundaries, not us. “I’m trying to read my book, not sniff your butt! No, I don’t want you using my phone as head butting practice— well hey that’s actually pretty cute but seriously stop”
Oh man, the litter boxes... I knew a pair of roommates who each had a cat and got into some kind of pissing contest (no pun intended) about who should clean the litter box. It was ignored for god knows how long.
The cats found a new place to poop... a better place... there was a foot-high hole in the bathroom drywall, so they started pooping in the walls.
This was also ignored, because the place was a rental and therefore they didn't care.
Eventually the battle ended when the wall filled up and the cats switched to pooping in the shower, which the owners had no choice but to clean.
That place was a freaking biohazard.
the litter box.
the litter box.
Pro tip: 2 cats means there should be 3 litter boxes.
My cats were born in the same litter. I'm guessing their litter box training involved all being put in the litter box together, because it took about a year before they stopped synchronized pooping together in the same box (even though there are 2 boxes).
I was like 7 when I learned even friendly animals bite and since then I've given them a lot of respect. A friends family dog bit me when I was at their house. Never went to their house again but yea lesson learned lol
Commendable that you’re seeing these things in hindsight.
Lol, I was 19 years old, and it was my first experience handling an aggressive animal around other people.
At the time I was baffled by his stupidity and assumed it was a one-off. I had no idea I was in for decades of similar encounters.
I think the most memorable was the guy who decided a vet clinic was a petting zoo and encouraged his five children to run across the street and pet the elderly cocker spaniel I was walking outside.
Normally I would simply have taken the dog inside until they left, but he was at the vet because of stomach issues and would pop a squat for a solid 10 to 15 minutes every time we took him out. He was well into this process when we were mobbed.
So these kids are happily patting this dog as it's alternating between straining and hunch-walking, dribbling little bits of diarrhea every few inches. They SEE THE POOP, step around, and continue petting, as I'm simultaneously trying to get them to leave and focusing on my handling in case the dog (justifiably) snaps at them. (He wasn't a particularly mean dog, but he was crotchety, not feeling well, and I had no idea if he tolerated children).
You always remember your first, though.
I was allowed to walk my dog by myself after I turned 16, also a GSD. He was friendly enough to let people touch him, but he didn't particularly fawn over them like some other dogs do and he HATED other animals for a very long time.
A lot of people assumed that since a 16 year old girl could walk the dog, he would be a friendly, easy guy. I had to repeatedly tell them that he was LETTING me walk him. If I told anyone he wasn't the friendliest guy they'd tell me to put him in a choke chain. How about you just stay away from my dog instead of having me potentiality injure him?
I love friendly dogs but people with friendly dogs were the WORST. So many of them entirely ignored my panicked shouts telling them to stay away! I don't want my dog hurting your dog or him getting hurt. Why would you take that risk?? Luckily he calmed down a lot after he crossed 10~ years so his final few years he had a lot of nice dog friends to play with.
Having unfriendly dogs is tough.
Had something similar happen when I was sitting a very rambunctious and very strong lab-pittie mix. She was well behaved and would always listen to me, but didn't always listen to strangers. This random man comes up and starts to roughly pet her without asking and I could see she was uncomfortable so I pulled her back and asked him to stop. "Oh no, I can just tell she likes me" says dude with no clue about dog behavior and proceeds to invade her space aggressively. By then my dog sensed my state of mind and started growling for him to back off. Poor guy was scared shitless because she is one hell of a unit and can look extremely dangerous when she is snarling. Thankfully he backed off but of course I got a "bitch, control your dog" 🧐🙄 Sadly this wasn't a lone incident, too many people don't think that they need ask permission before putting their hand within dangerous reach of a dog.
Yeah, my brother has a dog that gets very aggressive with other dogs. They’ve done all sorts of training, but it hasn’t helped, so they are just very careful to keep her on a short leash and cross the street to avoid all dogs. But that doesn’t stop assholes from letting their dogs run right up, off leash, while shouting, “She’s friendly!” Get a lot of stunned looks when we yell back, “This one isn’t, so you’d better grab your dog.”
This is exactly how my dog recently got into a scuffle with another dog that resulted in me getting injured. I asked the dog owner firmly multiple times to get their dog, and they responded with “oh don’t worry, he’s friendly!!”
Afterwards, the owner had the nerve to scream at me and say it was my fault. I filed a complaint with animal control and when AC came out to take everyone’s statements, the owner lied and said they had their dog on a 17ft retractable lease. Absolute BS. This dog crossed the entire park to come to my dog.
Had this happen in our neighborhood park a couple years back. 20ish lb dog off leash ran up on a big on-leash akita and got mauled. Off-leash dog almost died and racked up $15k in vet bills. Its owner went on a social media rampage against the owner of the akita, complete with a gofundme to pay for vet bills, even though she was at fault. The public ate it up and went on to harass the akita owner at his home. The whole thing was pretty fucked up and changed the way I treat off-leash dogs in public spaces, especially when I have my own dog with me.
I used to walk a previously abused Akita mix and this was always my fear. She got scared around other dogs and would get aggressive if they got too close because she wasn’t socialised around dogs. I always walked her with a muzzle on because it got ridiculous how many dogs I’d see running up off leash with the owner a good few minutes behind and I couldn’t risk finding out if she’d ever bite when she freaked out.
I’ve started carrying mace with me. People have started to take me serious when I I click it and say “I will mace tf out of your dog” before asking them to get their dog. It’s so cringy and I feel like an aggressive idiot saying it but after my dogs last scuffle, I’m not taking that chance again. I am thankful that he is okay, but I’m not. I got injured and still have symptoms of it.
Mace is a pretty good idea to make owners understand you’re serious! I always personally carry a walking stick or a bat. I’d never hit a dog unless it’s looking like it will harm me or mine, but it’s always interesting how many of these morons will fall all over themselves to call their dog back lickety-split if I raise it up like I’m going to whack it.
Don’t feel bad about being aggressive either, I grew up walking country roads and the rule of thumb is always assume all loose dogs are dangerous. (Farm dogs can be very territorial and they often run in packs. If you try to be polite, you might die.)
“Get your fucking dog or its going to get hurt” works every time. Sometimes we’re just too polite to assholes. “Please control your dog, my dog’s reactive!” is just an invitation for some folks to walk all over you because it’s easily ignored. Say that once and once only, and then get more aggressive.
I had Malamutes - they loved other dogs that were friendly and they would never seriously hurt another dog unless they were bit hard first, but they’re also very hierarchy-oriented and don’t tolerate any bullshit. So high-energy dogs that wanted to poke at them or jump on them or posture and growl would be put on the ground by mine real fast. Of course this is accompanied by a lot of noise and spit so it looks scary and freaks out the other owner. Therefore if I saw a high-energy out of control dog bounding up full speed, I knew how it was going to go lol and up came the bat.
I usually do the weaker thing and run away with my dog and if we get corned I no shit start kicking the other dog away. My dog will murder another dog that gets close to me.
That's fucked, I hope animal control didn't go after the Akita. I volunteered at my local shelter for a little while and a lot of dogs labeled as "aggressive" really aren't, and don't get a second chance. All it takes is a bad report against a dog and they're done for.
I have a friend with a pretty aggressive german shepherd, when they take him on walks they always have to muzzle him. One of their neighbors has an aggressive dog as well but they always take him on walks off leash, and whenever they pass my friend front yard the dogs starts to growl and bark as they are gonna kill each other, one day the neighbors left their dog unattended while passing by my friend house and their dog broke a side of my friend's fence and got his head into the front yard, the german shepherd caught his head and mauled all that it could, almost killing the dog. The neighbors called the police, animal control and the authorities, they took my friend to a municipal court to pay the medical bill and to euthanize my friend's dog. My friend only got a small fine for having a deteriorated fence, the other dog owner got a fine for walking the dog without a leash and a muzzle, had to pay the bills for himself a and got a "restraining order" (I don't really know if a municipal court can rule that) not to get near my friend's front yard with their dog.
This is a pretty common fear among large or "aggressive" dog breed owners. You can have the most perfectly trained dog and some chucklefuck lets his off leash ratdog run up to and attack yours and people blame you because your dog's bigger.
Anyone with a dog off leash is an asshole looking for trouble.
I had a friend who just couldn't wrap his head around why my Rottweiler and his Yorkie couldn't have a playdate.
After a lot of persistence I had to be blunt and say "buddy, my dog will kill yours". She was a sweetheart to people but she HATED other dogs.
This reminds me of some douche bag i met at the park. My dog is a decent sized mutt and beautiful. everyone assumes she’s super friendly. She’s not. Shes super loving and obedient with her family but does not like strangers and does not like other dogs. This guy had his tiny little dog off leash at the park. It kept running up to my dog to play. My dog was irritated but not aggressive, yet. I know my dog and so I kept trying to get us away to keep everyone safe. The other owner kept urging me to just let my dog off leash so they could play. I kept saying no and trying to get away from them. This guy literally chases me down to tell me my bad energy is affecting my dog and I need to let go of that energy and let her off leash. Okay but I once watched in shocked horror when my dog found a gopher and before i could react broke its neck with one jerk of her head. His dog was like the size of maybe 2 gophers, maybe it would take 2 full head jerks? Not going to risk both our dogs lives on your energy theory dumbass.
A simple “fuck off and get your dog away before mine snaps yours in two” usually works for me.
My husky loves everyone but if another dog apeoaches she gets very angry and will try to bite them as she was a rescue from a bad home where she fought with other dogs I adopted her so she could have a chance with a loving family. She loves my cat though they are inseperable
"buddy, my dog will kill yours".
"buddy, my dog will kill yours".
You should have just led with that. Would have saved you both time and effort.
Get a gopro for your dog, treat it like a dashcam.
My dog is the exact same way. She loves people and is really friendly towards them but dogs are another story.
There is one dog that she tolerate and the rest she goes crazy when they get near. I've had multiple dogs off leash run to us when we're on a walk and the only thing I could do was pick her up and hope that the owners know their dogs left and come to get them.
A house near me has 2 small dogs that will always run towards us if they are out and its really worrying because they will cross the street to get to us. Another house has a very large unleashed dog who is almost able to reach my dog when I'm holding her.
It sucks because it makes it really hard to walk her and there's only so much I can do. My worst fear is that I cant get her away in time and she ends up hurting the other dog or that her aggression could cause the other dog to hurt her.
Please leash your dogs when they are outside!
I had very friendly dogs, to both people and other dogs. I always them on leashes though for these reasons. My neighbor had a very unfriendly dog to both people and dogs and the fuck was neighbor always let him run around unleashed. One day the dog tries to attack me (I'm 9-10 at the time) while I'm walking my small terrier. My boy leaps in front of me trying to defend me and the unfriendly dog almost kills him, and I'm screaming at this point until my brother comes out and separates them, risking his own life. I have hated that neighbor ever since. I don't get why people are so fucking stupid and selfish with their pets.
Yeah my first dog was a rescue and it took a long time to get her to walk on a leash properly, but we never got her to be chill with other dogs when we were out and about. People would make me so mad because they didn’t understand why their Doberman running up on my Boston terrier was an issue. Yes, Zeus is friendly, but my little dog is going to bite him and I don’t want to fucking watch her die. So sorry it’s inconvenient for this dog to not have a chance to lick my face.
Our Rottweiler puppy is coming home in a few weeks so I started walking the neighborhood to get some routes marked, but mostly to identify which properties had dogs, and try to figure out what the dogs and owners were like.
Today a small fat chihuahua came bolting out of these people’s yard at me with the special brand of rage only a chihuahua can project and all they did was call the little demon in! Didn’t even come around the hedge to see what it came running at. I marked them down as a house to avoid for sure, I don’t want to be at fault because your loose dog came running at mine and something bad happened.
Happy fellow cake day also!
I just want to say I absolutely love how proactive you are being about marking out a good walking route for your new dog. I wish all owners took this type of consideration. Enjoy your new pal :)
Thank you! It’s my first puppy (not counting when I was a kid because parents were there to supervise) and I’m trying to get as much information in and preparation done as I can before he gets here and all the unexpected things happen
Dude! That makes it even more impressive. You’re going to be a great owner. Sending good vibes :)
Yeah, we have a rescue who was mistreated and potentially used as a bait dog. Super reactive with other dogs. We are doing all sorts of training and keep the dog on a head leader, but one dog off a leash comes running up on our dog and he goes into panic fight or flight mode, and suddenly we regress weeks worth of training.
My family has English Bull Terriers (Spuds MacKenzie, the Target dog, Walter, etc.) I was walking one of our elderly ones one day. She was deaf and blind in one eye, when a woman with 2 golden retrievers off-leash started walking toward me in the neighborhood. I immediately pulled my dog to the other side of the street. She was an incredibly sweet girl, but she was old as hell and crotchety. Well lo and behold, the goldens come running our way, and I’m yelling at the lady to get her dogs because mine is NOT sociable with other dogs. She just stood there, said it’d be fine as I was screaming at her to get her fucking dogs. I don’t doubt they’re sweet and would have been just as sweet to my dog, but my dog is an old lady that can’t hear or see them approaching. So the goldens come up to Lucy, and she gets defensive. Ends up getting mad at these dogs all over her while she’s on-leash, and more or less bites one’s ear off and leaves some not nice puncture wounds in the other. She’s unscathed only because I (a 5’10 and probably about 120 lbs twenty-something girl when it happened) plucked my 70-lb. dog bred to fight bulls out of the fight. I get bitten by one of the retrievers. The kicker is that this woman followed me home and demanded I pay the vet bill. I told her to be happy her dogs are alive and learn to listen when someone says “get your fucking dog away from mine”. Said I’d pay her vet bill if she wanted to pay for my ER visit. Didn’t hear from her again.
120 lbs is 54.48 kg
I have this problem too. German shepherd, got him. Before rona but his important socialising time was literally during the lockdown sadly. Got to meet a few other dogs but I live on an area of old people with small dogs. They would all snarl at him when he was a puppy. Even got attacked by a samoyed that was off leash while he was a puppy too and now he's pretty scared of other dogs. Still to this day little rodent dogs will bark and snarl at him but when he barks back god to these old cunts give you the dirtiest looks
Had this happen. My dog is not dog friendly. I had him about 4 months at this point (shelter pup) and always take extra precautions when we're out. I had been doing gradual desensitization training with him for the last 2 months. I don't own a retracto-leash, and I tried muzzle training him but it wasn't working well, so this was a night he didn't have it on. I love my dog but don't trust him as far as I can throw him when there's other dogs nearby.
We were on our evening walkies (flashlight, light up leash, reflective gear) and this yellow lab comes running up from the other side of the street where his owner was loading his pickup. I stop with my dog (you don't move away from a dog running up on you, it triggers the chase instinct) and yell at the lab "No!" In a firm voice. Dog stops approaching about 15' away.
I yell over to the owner 'can you get your dog please' He yells back that his dog is friendly. I say mine is not and i don't want either dog to get hurt. He then yells at me saying i need to put my dog down if he can't be around other dogs.
I reply if your dog gets closer, you'll be the one with a dead pet and paying my vet bills because yours isn't leashed. Get your fucking dog now. He waddles over to get the dog (still no leash) cussing me out for being a bitch, gets in the truck with the dog and drives off.
I continue my walk and a few minutes later he pulls up alongside me to yell at me through the window that he was sorry for his behavior. I reply that while the apology is nice, I need him to leash his dog for everyone's safety. He starts cussing at me again calling me a fucking bitch, that he cares for his dog and I'm a stuck up cunt and he was trying to be nice and that he didn't have to get his dog.
He squeals off, his exhaust was loud so i could judge roughly where he was and heard him round another corner.
I change directions when he rounded the corner and sprinted off down an alley, turning off my lights, removing the reflective gear, and hiding between a parked truck and a garage and turning my phone on to record. I see the truck go down the street again, hear it loop around around the block and weave through the streets and eventually down the alley I was in with my dog. Thankfully he didn't see us
I waited another 20 minutes after I heard the truck drive away slowly before I went home, doubling back several times despite the instinct to beeline to my house.
Of course this happens the one time I don't have pepper spray on me for a walk.
I hope that fat old fuck slips on ice and cracks his skull.
If you can't keep your dog under your control, you shouldn't have a dog.
I used to say the exact same thing when someone let their dog too close to my retriever. He was pretty torn up as a puppy and his coping mechanism was to just attack when he felt threatened. No growls, no standing of hair, just snap, and he's got the other dog by the throat.
Don't get me wrong, he was a sweetheart, just really scared of dogs. It's hard for people to grasp that a dog can be nice to people and really really not nice to dogs.
This is my dog...... not the running up, the stiff growling about to bark. He is a great boy and loves people! Gentle with children even when they pull his fur or ears. He just doesn't like other dogs at all. He loves to make new human friends but other dogs stress him out beyond belief. I honestly feel bad when we are on a walk and someone else wants their dog to make a new friend because I know my dog wants none of it.
My dog is the same and I know how you feel I've felt bad before as well. My pooch has 4 dogs she likes and the rest she wants nothing to do with at all but she's perfectly happy from what I can tell so I try not to feel bad saying no to other dog owners
Same mine also was the sweetest, so gentle he wouldn't be mad at you EVER he just didn't like dogs especially other males, even after castration. It was always so fucking annoying when people cam up to us and I had to book it. The worst was when I was at the vet and I got his medicine at the counter and I am not paying much attention as he was just sitting besides me. A woman walks up behind us very close and ofc my dog doesn't like her dalmation (who in fact started to growl first). It's unnecessary stress for all, just stay away damn.
I took care of my neighbor's dog last summer when she got sick in covid and it was a very very nervous rottweiler by the name Ronya. Most of the time she was ok but she was basically scared of everything smaller than her which lead to some hilarious encounters with leaves and a very confused hedgehog. However it also lead to problems with smaller dogs that were "so friendly". Ronya would freak out if a small dog came close and would 9/10 run and hide behind me but sometimes if she was backed into a corner she would bite.
Fortunately it never ended up being any injuries, mostly just bruised egos, but a LOT of dog owners would be angry..? Once a man told me she needed to be put down for being too aggressive and I was like "Sir, I asked you to keep your dog away from mine as she's very nervous. That's on you." If you cannot keep your dog in check then you shouldn't have one.
I love the vivid description (especially the confused hedgehog :D)
Oh and that last owner can go pound sand
This applies to dogs running to people, too. Idgaf how friendly your dog is, I dont want it jumping on me.
I’ve noticed that the people who don’t give a shit about things like personal space tend to perceive you saying no as some kind of personal rejection. It’s not great.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCDPkGjMBro
Another good reason why not to give an inch to some because you've already been taken for a mile due to their methed-out pet.
Why would he have a milk mustache if he had a straw?
Everybody get a load of Johnny Tightlips over here!
I can't believe I spent 3 mins watching that
Holy nostalgia trip man wow it’s been like 20 years since I saw that book
RIGHT! Substitute me for the second dog. Not everyone likes dogs or is comfortable around them. If you don't know, put the dog up.
I started disliking dogs because of the vocal dog owners that make their dog their whole personality.
It started getting worse after I had 2 off leash dogs run to me and sniffing me while I was jogging and when I asked the owner to call them back they refused and just said over and over that the dogs are friendly. Yeah, I'm just scared out of my mind and can't move because of it, but I surely do care that they are friendly.
I wish people would understand not everyone likes their pet. I've been chased and bitten by a dog as a 3 year old and got traumatized, so I will step on your dog's head in self defense during a panic attack if he starts barking and biting and you can't control your spawn of hell.
I know this feeling, also the feeling of being chased by barking dogs while on a bicycle... I do not care if they are friendly, it still scares me
When riding 2 years ago I had a dog come sprinting at me from... I have no idea where. I shouted, "NO," but he kept coming, showing teeth & barking. He was running and snarling right next to me. I grabbed my air pump and hit him on the head with it. He stopped chasing me. As I rode on I heard a voice behind me yell, "Why did you hit my dog?" Asshole.
Exactly! Its like a human coming over and hugging you and messing with your hair and examining your clothes. Would you feel better if thar total stranger said, "Dont worry, I'm friendly."
My son was walking ahead of me today and a dog ran past me and up to him. The owner then had the audacity to tell me I should be careful with my son because not all dogs are friendly....
Then put your dog should be on leash you cunt.
Friendly or not, it should be on a leash
all dogs should be leashed when out in public
This big, friendly galoot of a dog came charging up to my kid when he was just under 3 years old, with its owners shouting, "Don't worry! He's friendly!"
My kid was absolutely petrified of dogs for a full 2 years after. He'd scream, cry, and refuse to be put down. He'd get to the point of nearly hyperventilating.
What was a cute 30 seconds of their big, goofy dog running up to my kid amounted to years of working through this fear with my child.
The sad part was, before this happened, my own dog died a few months earlier, and we weren't quite ready to get a puppy yet. We ended up having to stall because of this new phobia. Eventually, we decided to get a dog anyway. (My older kid was desperate for one. And so was I, to be honest.) My kid spent over a month crying, begging to be carried around the house, refusing to be in the same room as the dog.
It took a long time, but we worked through it. Now they're best friends. He loves all dogs again.
But really, people. Don't let your dogs run up to people. I'm sure you think it's cute and your dogs are just the best, but it's not always welcome.
Some people really can't comprehend that people have legitimate trauma related to dogs. My grandparents' pool guy grew up in the Jim Crow south and had a very real fear of larger, barky dogs, which my dog was. Unfortunately, my dog also thought someone avoiding them means, "I just have to get as close as possible to them until they fall in love with me". The solution wasn't to ask the pool guy to change, it was to take the dog out for a hike while the pool guy was there.
My friend also has a deaf pitbull who was previously used in fighting and now is anxious as all get out around other dogs. She has had way too many close-call incidents involving someone letting their "super friendly" dog run up to hers.
Exactly. I have a brother who is deathly afraid of dogs, so whenever he sees an unleashed dog he gets incredibly nervous.
I absolutely love dogs and have had them all my life and still hate when they jump on me. I sometimes actually pretend I'm scared of them to get the owner to take them off me. So many owners seem to think everyone must simply love it when lovely Patches puts his muddy paws on them...
This. I have had dogs run up and stick their nose into my crotch at my WORK. I've had dogs lunge at me at my work and I like dogs. However. There is no reason for your dog to lunge at me, or shove its nose into my crotch. Its simply bad training and worse manners, I actually think its worse because I'm at work! Like, I have a job to do and working around you and your dog isn't a part of that.
Yup. I love dogs. I have a dog. I’ve fostered dogs. I was at the park with my baby, no dog. We are sitting on the ground in the grass. I’ve got a mask on and this man, no joke from 50+ feet away sees us and approaches us with his dog and let’s his dog get right in my baby’s face. And then says “I just got him!!” Oh, ok so you have no idea how he acts around kids or babies. The real kicker is this guy didn’t have a mask on. Just because your dog is excitable, doesn’t mean you should walk up to every person your dog looks at. People are afraid of dogs, they’re allergic, or they don’t like them.
I’ve had all kind of pets growing up and I love dogs but dog people seem to think that everyone must like dogs or act like an over excited one.
This is why people also need to grow up with cats. Cats teach us boundaries
Grew up with all kinds of pets except cats. I was...am... definitely a dog person. I kinda wish I had grown up with at least one cat.
Most dogs can wait out a little bit of discomfort especially for food or meeting/deciding if you're friend or foe but they can be pretty darn clear if you cross a boundary.
What they didn't teach me was straight up rejection.
That’s like basic dog training, I really don’t like it when adult dogs jump like that, they could knock over a child.
The owner should have their dog leashes to prevent this.
Or elderly person, or anyone caught off guard. And to the people that don’t mind it and say things like “oh no it’s fine, I love dogs!” while the owner is scolding their dog for jumping...as sweet and understanding as you think you’re being, you’re actually reinforcing bad behavior and undermining the pet owner so please respect their wish. Actually every just respect wishes and boundaries, the world would be a better place.
Edit: agh I’m sorry I ranted at you and you didn’t even have anything to do with the last part of that, I was just on a roll. Have a nice day!
Yes! So true. Saying I don't mind and giving them positive attention requires 3x the training to undo as it just sets mine back after she's been so doing so well
:( now I kind of feel bad for petting a friendly dog kind of in the middle of me asking if I could pet their dog lol. He did agree, but I was like 5 seconds in to petting the pup by then. I don't get a lot of neighborly dog interaction since I usually have a small kid with me, and they all avoid that gamble
I feel this. I have 2 standard poodles and they're over the top excitable with people because they're attention whores. Trying to teach them to be calm around me people means that I have to set a "please don't pet the fluffy" boundary. They're barely holding it together, you're going to set my training back and be wearing at least one very large poodle as a hat. If it's my boy he'll likely "happy pee" on you while you're on the ground being hatted. Seriously. Boundaries.
I tried to stop this issue with my dog but unfortunately you need friends and family to help with this. If they are clueless Muppets that ignore what you've just told them not to do then it's difficult. Every time someone came round to see her as a puppy I'd say "She will jump up at you, please ignore her" 2 seconds later they're doing the exact opposite. My dog never jumps up at me because she knows it does nothing and she gets ignored.
I was taking my 1 year old daughter for a walk in the park and someone’s dog started running up to her. I stepped in between and started shooing the dog away. The guy looks at me and goes, “he’s friendly!”. I looked at him and said, “I dont care, I don’t let random dogs around my child...”
My kids were kind of scared of dogs. They've worked out of it more, but having your dog just jump on my kid is a great way to make them fear dogs more.
I suffer from terrible anxiety and while I love dogs, a random one coming up to me jumping at me is not something I love.
Oh my gosh I agree so much. Tbh I’m not a huge fan of dogs... I think they’re slobbery and gross. So if I’m walking in the park, I don’t want someone’s dog to come up to me. I’m not going to pet it, I don’t care if it’s friendly, I haven’t asked you to pet it so please move it away. Dog people will all the time walk up to other people even with their dog on the leash just expecting you to pet it!
I don't want my young dog jumping on people either. Unfortunately when you ask some people to follow directions that curb that behaviour they give her belly rubs and let her lick them in the face saying that it's fine and they don't mind. I mind! It's reinforcing the bad behaviour we're trying really hard to train out of her. Drives me insane.
I'm a dog trainer and I tell my clients with jumpy-friendly dogs that with people like this, it's perfectly acceptable to be rude and walk away. Be the "Mean-Mommy/Daddy/Owner" and do not let them play and encourage your dogs unwanted behavior.
At the end of the day, after all, they do not have to deal with the consequences of their actions, you do. It's not fair to you (the owner) for a random person to undo hours of paitent positive training for a random stranger's feelings.
I've also told people to just lie if being a bit rude isn't easy (I'm a real people pleaser myself, I know it's hard). I've straight up told randos on the street "No, my dog bites/isn't friendly/in training" when in reality he'd be pretty stoked if someone petted him. I just don't need the unnecessary confrontation sometimes. He wears a head halter and sometimes these people assume he is a service dog and I don't bother to correct them
Note: sorry, I orginally posted this reply under the wrong account, so I deleted it and came back, lol
I like most dogs but my wife and kids are terrified of dogs, no matter how small, cute or friendly! Dogs not on a leash are even worse because they are clearly not under (direct) control.
Note. I have seen more owners recently being aware of this but others remain completely oblivious and cannot understand how you don't like their dog.
One of my favorite cafés in my town is dog friendly. They are super chill and that’s cool and all, but when I’m drinking a latte and reading I’m not trying to be pulled up on by a giant husky. Like come on. Yes he’s friendly, I guess he’s a good boy, yes he’s cute. But if I put my hand out and I ask you to keep your dog away just do it please~
This post and your comment totally reminds me of the below AITA post:
The OP in the linked post argued that OP was in the right to let their dog run around unleashed at a dog park park (where unleashing is permitted) and thus was justified to be rude to a dad who was scolding OP that their dog should be leashed.
Reason dad scolded OP was because OP's unleashed dog, being a friendly kid&baby-loving dog, did what kid&baby-loving dogs do and ran towards the dad and his baby (baby was in a baby carriage). OP merely yelled "Dog's friendly!" from afar and only bothered to stop their dog after OP saw and heard dad's panicked yelling to stop the dog and him trying to move carriage away.
OP stopped the dog, so OP thought dad continuing to be upset at OP was totally uncalled for. OP's dog has right to be unleashed at a dog park park! Besides, the dad had his baby in a forward facing carriage, so in OP's opinion the dad was the one at fault for leaving his baby exposed to things like kid&baby-loving dogs.
Edit to add after over 6 hours and causing misunderstanding in replies: It wasn't a dog park. Just a park that allowed unleashed dogs assuming dog owners be competent when doing so. I'm sorry.
It's not a dog park by the sounds of it. If it were, then I'd be more inclined to side with op there because that park is specifically designed to have unleashed dogs running around.
It sounds like it's just a normal neighborhood park that happens to allow dogs off leash during certain hours and op thinks that means their dog can go and accost anyone freely when it doesnt mean that at all.
if that's the case, then yea that's a bit different. most dog parks I've been too are in a regular park, but a separate fenced in area.
I also believe that OP kinda twisted the truth here, because if that was an actual dog park, then why a man who doesn't like dogs approaching his baby would stroll there? If I didn't like dogs, the first place I would avoid is a dog park. That was definitely just a community park.
I love it when someone does something shitty and expects the person they did it to to just... be over it immediately. “The situation has passed and no one for hurt! Be over it already, it’s so inconvenient to me when you have to calm down from being afraid for your child’s life!”
Wow, what an asshole. Owner permits dog to approach strangers' baby carriages? Are you fucking kidding me? This asshole is the reason there are barely any places when I can take my dog off the leash.
Neighbors randomly adopted a pitbull, meanest motherfucker I've ever encountered. Since the driveway was right next to the fence, I'm pretty sure this dog was trying to attack me every time I got out of my car, this is not an exaggeration. It wouldn't just just bark and jump at the fence, it was fucking mauling it and biting, slathering so hard I would have spit on me. Only time I ever considered killing someone's dog, because I'm pretty sure that thing would've tried the same if it ever got past that fence.
They ended up putting him down. They've had some crazy dogs, but that one was unacceptable and a danger to society. God knows what kind of person raised it.
Literally this. My store is pet friendly and this lady had her dog slow climbing onto my counter out of her cart growling at me. I was like ma’am your dog please. And she was like “oh she just gets mad when people don’t pay attention to her” like I do not care I don’t wanna pet your smelly animal get it off my counter before I grab it by the ankle and beat you with it 👺
My (then) 2 year old was charged by a dog once in a park and my pregnant wife had to pick her up to not be pushed over.
The dog owner thought we were the assholes....
And the same for barking please. I don't care that you don't care that your dog barks a lot.
Yup, you have the right to defend yourself against a dog charging at you no matter how "friendly" the owner screams about it being. This isn't just about the safety of the person, it's about the safety of the dog as well. Eventually someone is going to opt to defend themselves.
There is an amazing episode of Sesame Street where they teach kids how to meet a dog. (Episode 4310- I looked it up) Show it to your kids! Teaches them to ask first, hold up a fist to allow the dog to smell and if the dog is comfortable then touch. We didn’t have a dog until this year and they needed to know!
Just typed a long comment then clicked the wrong thing and lost it :(
But basically I was saying yes great tip, all children should know that.
Also for children scared of dogs, be quiet, don’t wave your hands / arms about, don’t run about, otherwise the dog might approach and think you are playing.
yup! as a kid i was always taught, ask the owner first and then gently approach. and do NOT approach if the dog is off leash
Also, please, for the love of everything - if you see a working dog, don't let your dog near it!
As a dog walker I can attest to some of problems with people not knowing any type of dog etiquette. Retractable leashes are terrible not only for other people/pets but for walkers as well. And for unleashed dogs, I avoid them completely if possible. That is just irresponsible dog ownership. I don’t care how well behaved or trained your dog is. It’s not your street or sidewalk so treat it as such. I saw a “well trained”unleashed pup get hit by a car last summer.
Edit: Walking your dog off leash in the right environment is totally fine with me. I do it with my own pups.
Edit: I ask all my clients to have a second leash for me or I bring my own instead of retractable leashes. Retractable leashes don’t allow you to secure the leash around your wrist. The cord is thin and long, easy for knots and nooses rendering your leash ineffective or deadly.
The dynamic of having one dog unleashed and one dog on-leash is the worst IMO (or at least in my experience)
And it makes it even more frustrating that a lot of people bring their dog-reactive dogs on-leash (or dog-phobic children) to the 1 or 2 places where other people can let their dogs off-leash freely.
Like designated off leash dog parks or like parts of regular parks?
Well in my town there's one beach and a couple of large open space parks that are the only places one can legally take their dogs off-leash, and therefore there are a LOT of off-leash dogs there.
So if you don't feel OK with your dog being off-leash that's cool, keep them on leash and be mindful of their comfort level; but if you're the owner of a dog that reacts badly to other dogs then maybe take them one of the places you're NOT certain to be surrounded by dozens of off-leash dogs?
Thank you. This needed to be said.
Not trying to argue, just curious - what makes retractable leashes so bad? I always found them annoying and awkward to deal with, but didn't realize they were straight up not a good idea.
I was always scared to get one thinking about how strong my childhood dog could pull if he saw a rabbit run past. If he had 20 feet to get up to speed he would definitely pull it out of my hand. My current dogs are both too old for that, but our rescue firmly recommended not to get them because if you drop it the hard plastic hitting the ground and then retracting at the dog at speed can panic them or hurt them, and they'd seen dogs take off running and get lost.
I had one once and dropped it accidently. The dog was running past my daughter, and the cord burned her leg. She yelled, so he came to see and it burned her again. She had two rope burns on her leg in two seconds.
In addition to what the posters answered, the handles are bad. They use the weakest part of the grip to hold on, so if the dog pulls suddenly, you can lose the leash, especially if you have something like carpel tunnel syndrome. If you have two dogs, you can't get a good grip on each, unless you hold one in each hand, so you can't carry anything else. Regular loop handles can even stay on of you let go depending on the angle you hold your hand.
To give my dog more space, I use two regular leashes hooked together. She can go as far as she needs, with no pull on her collar. I can grab anywhere on the leash if I need to stop her quickly. I can wrap any part of the leash around my hand if I need to make it smaller. Or I can loop the handle on the one hooked to her collar if I need it smaller longer. With two dogs, both can go around the same wrist and all you have to do to untangle them is twist your wrist. And if you have more than two, they can all go on your wrist, though it's harder to untangle more than two.
Retractable leashes are incredibly dangerous for both the human and dog. They also encourage/allow terrible leash behavior.
EDIT: Genuinely happy that all you César Milan’s out there have never had any issues with your retractable leashes and have been using them for 75 years with your 14 different perfectly trained family dogs. If you think your sweet Fluffy would never ever take off on your perfect walks where you are staying 100% vigilant to all of your surroundings, GREAT. You’re ignorant.
From a training perspective, they can help to teach a dog that they can go/do whatever they want, whenever they want. Definitely can be a factor with a "friendly" dog that has no sense of personal space as depicted above.
It definitely doesn't help that it trains the dog to expect their leash to be under tension all the time. Never going to get them to walk on a loose lead where they're supposed to that way.
i have a retractable leash because my dog is blind, and in the summer he likes to roll around, he springs up and jumps around trying to play. with a normal leash there isnt enough slack and he ends up getting jerked back and he stops being happy and playful. it also helps when i’m walking him and he’s stopped (which he does often because that’s primarily how he understands his environment) i can give him a couple feet of slack when he’s smelling and i’m not blocking the sidewalk. i know perfectly well how to use one, which is to say i don’t stare at my phone and let 15’ of slack while hes sniffing around.
(just to be clear, i don’t disagree at all about retractables, by and large i find them to be a nuisance, just pointing out that not all retractable owners are idiots. the majority are, but there are exceptions, and reasons that some of us use them)
my dog invented 'social distancing'.
I was on a walk with my dog and another dog (unleashed) ran up on us from behind, out of fucking nowhere. My dog is normally pretty chill, but he snapped at the unleashed dog; just a nip was all it took and the other dog ran off with its tail between its legs.
I was still thinking “WTF” because it all happened so quickly when a Karen rounded the trail behind us, leash in hand, wanting to know what my dog had done to hers and threatening to call the cops.
I fucking lost it on her. I don’t recall the exact words, but I screamed at her to turn around and go back where she came from and to stay the fuck away from my dog and I. Surprisingly, she did just that.
I always love the college students in our area who feel they have some sort of psychic bond with their dog. Watched one student's dog bolt from his side and jump out in front of a van that was going the speed limit or slower (it had come off of a stop).
Van slammed on the brakes and barely missed him. College student gave the van driver the middle finger and waved his arms in the air.
And, of course, when we are walking our (leashed) dogs, there's always some random dog that comes running our way, and when we tell it to stop, there's usually some miffed college student running after them going "I don't know why my dog acted that way!" A nice subtle way to blame the dogs on the leash.
What’s baffling me most about this whole post is that people just walk around with their dogs off leash. I thought that was only a thing in off leash parks and I’m horrified that people think anywhere else is ok.
Edit: I just remembered that a lady at the dollar store had her puppy running around inside the other day. I thought it was so bizarre and unexpected that I almost didn’t question it. I guess off leash people are just their own brand of crazy and entitled.
it’s an ego thing. people feel like they are awesome because they have a dog that is not on a leash and they are sooo in control and trained their dog sooo well.
We have a dog with high anxiety that expresses through aggression. When our dog feels threatened, he wants to bite whatever is making him nervous. We've been trying to get him out and about to help alleviate some of his anxiety and, while it's working well, it's frustrating when people refuse to listen to us.
On multiple occasions, I've told people to stay away from our dog and they insist that dogs love them and that he just needs a minute. No motherfucker, if he bites you, we're probably going to have to have him killed. I don't want to kill my dog. Just leave us the fuck alone.
God this drives me up a wall. I have a reactive dog. He’s been trained and actually does shows but on walks he’s very protective and reactive. He’s very very well behaved on command. But he can not be trusted AT ALL. He is always leashed when we go for walks and I keep him at a heel when I see someone or another dog. Just two nights ago I took him for a walk and some thoughtless idiot had his super friendly dog off leash. The dog saw us and began running up to say hi. My dog immediately went on the defensive snarling and barring his teeth and barking. He’s a big dog and I’m a small woman. So I had to fight and pull my dog back while he was very seemingly trying to attack the off leash dog hurtling towards us. I was frustrated the owner of the other dog was mad AT ME for my dog not being friendly. I took all appropriate steps to ensure my reactive dog could not be close to his. My dog deserves a walk outside too. He needs his space.
It really is infuriating. My friend has a female Akita with aggressive tendencies toward any other dog (due to her breed and her past experiences).
So on walks she monitors her dog closely because thie otherwise lovely dog absolutely cannot be trusted around other dogs. And she's huge, so she can make a lot of damages.
But all the time there are people with off leash dogs that come up and see my friend releashing her dog and keeping her close that say "oH bUt mY dOg iS fRiEnDlY dOn'T wOrRy!"
She always answers, while practically dragging her dog away: "MINE IS NOT AND WILL MAUL YOURS IF YOU DON'T KEEP IT AWAY"
Unfortunately half of the time the other person doesn't take the "hint" and doesn't put the leash back on, so it's my friend that has to get away as soon as possible. It's infuriating, and sad too, because her dog is a big softie with humans, she just can't tolerate other dogs.
She was rescued from a puppy mill were she was put to breeding much too early and never properly socialized to other dogs. Her agressivity toward male dogs made it impossible for the breeders to use her for reproduction anymore, so they put her up for adoption, and my friend and her husband fell in love with her!
It's really such an interesting thing because my dog got training too, but she still needs space on walks and I usually turn the other way if I see another dog ahead. I take her to daycare and she gets along amazing with other dogs. But people only see how they react on a leash and think you are a horrible owner.
I used to have a dog that was friendly, gentle, and perfect and I was a total jerk about this. My current dog is anxious and not a good dog for petting and now I get it.
My dog's nana taught us a good trick for dealing with situations like this. Simply step in front of your dog in between it and the approaching dog. Create a barrier and don't let that dog near yours. Make yourself big and don't break eye contact. This works especially well for nervous dogs or dogs with confidence problems by making them feel safe and protected.
I used that trick about a year ago! I was walking my dog when I saw two huskies that looked like they escaped their backyard. My dog becomes reactive when other dogs get too close, so I was trying to gtfo and back home asap. They spotted us though and started sprinting over. I got in front of my dog and stared them down. They were about 5 feet away before getting disinterested. Thank god they weren't aggressive enough to attack either of us
That ain’t gonna work for all dogs. When mine was on her leash she clearly felt that she was on the clock protecting me. She didn’t feel safe and protected when I’d step in the way off of leash dogs running up to her. She just felt she needed to protect me more.
The same thing applies to kids with dogs and other kids. I've heard some horror stories and I've seen and dealt with the immediate aftermath of more than 1 event. You don't want your -50 pounds kid attacked by a +40 pounds dog, trust me you don't want to see the result.
Ask before and supervise through the interaction (within arms reach and arms in between).
The amount of people that would just let their kids throw themselves on my Rottweiler was astounding! Thankfully he was always patient and appreciated the attention but THEY didn’t know that! I made sure I told the kids they always need to ask before petting any animal so they don’t get hurt and I’m surprised some parents seemed annoyed that I said that.
I always terrified of this. When I rescued my dog he was a mess (1 year old, 55 pound pit mix with no prior training) and we lived in a crowded city. I refused to let any children near him for several years, he is very strong and used to be hyper. He had some major anxiety problems when I got him so it took time to get him under control. Even though he’s incredibly well behaved now I won’t let kids pet him unless they are at least 1.5 ft taller than him.
My nephew and niece used to scream in my dogs face when he was a puppy and now he fucking hates them that he's an adult.
He's good as gold around my other nephews and nieces tho thank god! But he isn't too keen on random children anymore
"He never does this!" says dog owner whose dog is actively doing this.
The people who need this information will never be receptive to it.
It’s not just about dogs getting stressed by these situations. Some people just don’t like dogs either, or have had bad experiences with them at some point in their life and therefore need space as well. Hearing “oh don’t worry, he’s friendly” as an unleashed or long-leashed dog approaches someone who’s anxious around dogs isn’t helpful. Leash laws exist for a reason. People who let their dogs roam are rude, and deserve whatever scorn they get.
Also applies to people, and especially children.
If your dog runs toward my nephew and you're not able to control it, i will kick it in when it gets in range.
I don't care how friendly you claim he is.
Control your dog in public places.
This. Kinda makes hiking a pain in the ass sometimes. Nothing worse than being in a tight spot or turning the corner and going through the whole circus of restraining my dog while trying to sort out the other dog & owner. Like 3/4 of dogs I encounter should not be off leash. I just avoid anything that's even moderately trafficked now.
4/4 dogs belong on leashes at all times unless it's a specifically designated no-leash area. I'm pretty sure most public hiking trails have strict leash codes.
I usually just go with “CONTROL YOUR ANIMAL”
Some people take it for granted that all people and dogs are ok to be sniffed by strangers (dogs). It’s not. Hold onto your leashes and respect other people and other dogs.
One thing I wish I considered before getting my dog was other pet owners. I follow the rules and have a mostly well behaved dog considering that he weighs more than some people and hasn’t pulled my arm from its socket yet.
I’ve had to start being pretty darn rude to all sorts people to get them to leave my dog alone. He’s a Saint Bernard and the attention he gets is fucking ridiculous. I haven’t been on a walk where someone hasn’t made a comment or tried to touch him without permission, basically ever.
Some egregious shithead dog owners just from the last few weeks that I’ve encountered on my 45 min daily walk.
Last weekend we had a big snow (the only one of the winter, coastal PNW, 18 inches) and there was this one lady who had her dog off leash on our street and it kept following us. We’re about 20 mins walk from city centre and there are busy roads within a couple blocks on three sides. We couldn’t pinpoint the owner till we turned. I called “ma’am is this your dog?” and she just yelled “he’s friendly” after this dog has been following us for four minutes. We ask her nicely to get her dog and she laughed at us. At this point now we’re like “no this is illegal to do, come control your fucking dog”. And she says he won’t come until I walk away.
I was so flabbergasted and angry. She has no idea if my dog is friendly. Her dog looked like a bit of snow with a patch of brown on it and it’s just running around on the roads? Shame.
A few days later, I pass a lady on a corner who has this doodle thing and it lunges and barks as we cross the street. I just say “Jesus Christ!” Because it startled me, and then the lady proceeded to tail me for three blocks, where her dog then lunged and barked at my dog who was trying to pee on a tree in the icy slush. I yelled at her and she just looked smug and bewildered that someone dared judge her shitty dog handling skills. I’m hormonal as fuck and have zero chill for dicks right now.
I also have a running grudge with a neighbour who’s dog got attacked by a larger dog apparently, and it had been really chill with mine previously as he’s a very gentle giant. Two years ago after she let her pup come say hello, it then went nuts, nearly foaming at the mouth and went straight for my dog’s throat, before she reeled it in and it turned to bite her 6ish year old daughter. In the years following, it goes fucking bonkers whenever it comes within a block of my dog. Ive been patient and forgiving, but the other week she just stopped and allowed her dog to scream and lunge at mine from across the street while my dog was pooping, obviously stressed and straining because of this horrible dog. So I asked her if my dog is allowed to poop in peace and she continues the same excuse for years, and wouldn’t move. So I yelled at her to keep moving so my dog could shit.
I also hate that she walks the dog to the school grounds to pick up the kid it bit, when other people with dogs do the same and its clearly not safe is someone brings a dog any bigger than hers. She says its in therapy but its been two years of the same shit behaviour and she did nothing to stop her dog or remove it from the situation.
i could rant on but these are just the shitty people and dogs ive encountered in the last month, nevermind 4 years of having a sideshow attraction as a pet.
I was walking my Rottweiler years ago when a man and his daughter walked up to me. My dog was moody and in a bad one. She starts growling at them instantly to back up. The man looks at his daughter and tells her to "give the doggy a kiss to cheer it up". I instantly raise my voice and say "DO NOT PUT YOUR FACE NEXT TO THE DOG'S".
I was honestly in shock the rest of the day that somebody could be that stupid.
100%. The biggest lesson I've learned from getting a dog of my own is that you can't trust any other dog owners on the street. Especially when they yell "don't worry he's friendly!" as it comes barreling towards you.
One woman pulled that shit on me after her dog ran 200ft+ across a public park (leashes required by law, NOT a dog park) and then had the nerve to tell me I shouldn't be there (with my dog on a 6ft leash...) if she's not friendly. Guess what, most dogs aren't fucking friendly toward a strange dog that bolted at them out of no where! That resulted in a screaming match that ended in her having to DRAG her dog away because of course he didn't listen to any recall. This is in the middle of a big city at a park right along a major road... just so incredibly irresponsible. It's only a matter of time before that dog runs into traffic.
It is my super Scrooge-y pet peeve when I see even well trained off leash dogs in obviously marked leash only parks and fields. It drives me fucking nuts.
I get way too worked up about shitty dog owners. My new thing is to tell them to control their dog in a shameful and judgemental manner then move on.
I’m not mad because they are terrible people, but that their dogs are the victims. It’s never the dog’s fault for being out of control. They are the ones who are neglected by not having leads, no commands, and no training. They are the ones put in danger of losing their life because their owner can’t admit their dog is aggressive or has behavioural issues, and due to that denial never do anything to remediate that situation.
Or, in the case of my neighbour, use the aggression as a sob story to excuse the dangerous behaviour. Takes a lot of effort to wrap my head around that.
Like I’ll be honest, my dog has terrible recall because he’s a sassy stubborn shit, but he genuinely won’t hurt something that scares him either. He’ll come back like 70% of the time within the first three calls, but the bigger problem is that he doesn’t understand aggression or apprehension when greeting another dog. It’s just “let’s chase eachother for ten mins till I’m exhausted, or let me nudge your butt with my slimy cold wet nose until mom makes me stop”
Because I can admit that my darling boy is no perfect angel, I can mitigate risks. I follow the rules. I take my dog to less populated off leash areas that are inconveniently out of the way because I know what environment he behaves best in. It’s not hard when you realize the sun doesn’t shine out of your ass and the world doesn’t revolve around anyone or their “friendly” dog who is magically exempt from rules.
Was going to a job interview once and took a shortcut through a park near me. This very over-ecited Border Collie was running around like crazy and rolling in mud and puddles despite its owners constant calls for it to return to them. Anyway it ran up to me and jumped up (in a friendly way) whilst absolutely covering me in mud. It's owner walked past and said "Oops, hope you weren't going anywhere nice!". Actually I was, and now I've got to run back home to get changed. Anyway long story short - train your bloody dogs. Not everyone likes them as much as you do.
Same goes toward people. I don't care how precious your dog is, how sweet you think it is, or whatever the case is. If your dog comes charging at me or my kids without a leash, it will probably be kicked. I do not know you, I do not know your dogs temperament, nor do you know mine or my kids allergies. Do not force other people into a crappy situation because you want to let your pet off your responsibility.
With that being said, I love my dachshund and German Shepard.
At first glance, I thought this was a guide for canine astronauts 😅
About ten years ago, I was walking my dog on the side of a main road, alongside a wooded area. Some woman comes towards me, plants her dogs butt in the middle of the road, and demanded that I go to the other side of the road.
I get her dog wasn’t friendly, but to demand that I go to the other side of the road was probably one of the most rude things I’ve ever experienced.
I didn’t give that dog space. I moved right passed her. God, wish I ran into her again.
Great post, I have a reactive 7 y/o GSD with a loud bark, the other day while we were walking this dog comes out running out of nowhere and it scared the crap out of my dog. The owner just said “sorry he got away” , this is the third time that’s happened. I know my dog could absolutely kill his dog but won’t, he just wants to be left alone. Thankfully after I reported him, he’s getting fined. Apparently I’m not the first to report this situation.
Any dogs running up to me make me nervous. It's a sign of poor training. And in some cases, especially with children, can lead to injury.
I recommend leashing your dog when required by law.
I literally had to hoist my 50lb hound up off the ground and hold him up at my shoulder height to get him away from an off-leash dog who wouldn’t leave us tf alone. He is anxious and can get aggressive of something is in his face and he can’t get away. I’m sorry, but I’m not putting my dog down after he bites yours when you are the asshole who won’t leash your dog.
It's missing the part where if your dog tries to jump on a human that needs space (IE me), it will catch a knee to the chest and it will be entirely your fault.
i always commend people who say “my dog needs space” as me and my dog approach. it’s so simple and i love knowing we can keep an anxious or scared doggo psychologically safe!
i’ve had a few neighbors in the area see me approaching and they get that certain kind of quiet... and i say from 20ft “is he friendly?” “.....yes” like mmk that’s a no from me. get your schtick down, be ready with the answer because it’s not a wrong answer it’s just your answer and it’s fine. some people seem to think “oh this dog is cute maybe it’ll be ok!” but i’d really rather not have them “test-drive” their sometimes-reactive dog with mine.
Also my dog is 45lbs so I usually say something assertive, not just for my dog but for all the lil guys — “your dog is not friendly and that’s FINE he’s still a good dog but you need to TELL PEOPLE or you are a BAD OWNER.”
ugh. needed that vent.
Dog owners seem to think everyone else loves dogs just because they decided to buy one.
Ugh people who say NEWSFLASH
Our dog has been bitten by three separate dogs (all off of their leash) and now freaks out around any type of dog. It doesn’t matter what breed or size of the other dog.
My dog trainer once told me the best thing to do in a situation like this. Take out some treats and throw them towards the approaching dog to distract it. It buys enough time for the dog owner to get mad that you're feeding their dog or to explain not to come any closer.
Same applies to people who let their dogs run all over you and claim that their dog is just too friendly