i took my dogs to my b/f softball game last night. for those who dont know, i have 2 american eskimos, one (female) with moderate to sever dog aggression. before i get flamed, i only take them places i know there are no loose dogs, and a safe place to sit, and an "escape route" should someone else with a dog show up. which rarely happens. i am hiring a behavioral vet to deal with her aggression an dsevere anxiety but i try to socialize her to people, kids (she loves both) and busy places as much as i can, safely.
anyway, some lady shows up with 2 giant ??? (lab? lab mix?). my dogs go berzerk. the younger one doesnt even know WHY he's berzerk except that she is and he follows her. so this woman sees this, and comes towards us. so i mutter an obscenity loud enough to be heard (why would you approach 2 dogs who are clearly not acting friendly?!?!?) and move. they leave, we move back. they come back, bf is with us and we try to block their view. it works, till some IDIOT (adult, too!!!) starts barking at us. as they get more berzerk, he barks more. now, this is a guy on b/f's team (a grown man with kids), a friend of b/f, but tough crap. i look over and say, "hey a$$hole, think thats helping? cant you see shes agitated? knock it the hell off. what are you, 5 yrs old?" ok. so he does, and i realize i didnt make any friends that night. oh well. since it was the first game of the season, way to make a good impression.
what a moron.
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 9/23/2005 9:59:02 AM*** Reason: i can't type or spell :)
That would be frustrating. It's kind of a double edged sword, because your dog's behavior isn't going to improve by being kept at home all the time, but their behavior can be somewhat tricky in public.
I do agree with the other poster that even when people are being completely clueless, that it would probably be best to remain as calm as possible. They will definately notice your aggravation and that could rile them up as well. I think probably the best thing to do in a situation like that is to make a comment in the calmest way possible that gets the point across. Like maybe, "I'm sorry, but can you not do that, it's riling up the dogs and I wouldn't want them to get too excited with all these people around. Thanks"
i may have been a bit calmer if it was a stranger, and laid off the swear words, but this since it was someone my bf knew, and he didnt say anything fast enough (by my standards, 3 seconds) i took it upon myself to say something. and i was perfectly calm, didnt have to yell, since the moron was so close to us. and when they are riled up i am, surprisingly, able to remain calm and level, & even voiced. if i see it coming, i just remove us from the situation...take a walk, block their view, etc.
hunter, you are so right, it is so hard to find "safe" places to take them to improve, and something like this can set back 3 weeks of progress. they go to a few games a week so all i need is for them to to associate the games with being agitated. not good.
the other team he plays for (on weekends), they all know the dogs, love them, ask about them when i show up without them. they're the unofficial mascots :)
Oh dear; what a moron. I sure agree with you on how tough it can be to find really safe places to take them; I have one that is just horrified of strangers, yet when I have tried to take her places, it always seems that we run across some ding-a-ling that makes it a bad experience for her, so we end up getting worse, not better. I have just finally quit even trying with her. She is great at home at least.
I know exactly how you feel. Like I said on here one time about you can't even take them to the vets that you don't have some stuphead causing problems. Here you have this growling dog and they are like, Can I pet the doggie? -----Yeh, go head jerkhead if you want to draw back a knub. Is there something in the air or has people gone crazy or just plain stupid????
well, i know she has an anxiety problem that isnt getting any better. especially when things like this happen, she is "ruined" for the rest of the day/night/visit/outing. its like she gets so worked up and cant let it go no matter what i try with her. so, she has been staying home more lately. we are taking her to a veterinary behaviorist when $$$ allows to get the anxiety treated so i can begin to work on the other training issues. unfortunately i booked a $3000 vacation the same week the furnace blew up. that stuff is finally paid off in time for ....christmas!!! (i shop in october...HATE shopping!) so, after the holidays, off we go to the u of penn for help. i told bf that i wanted a $300 "voucher" to take her as my gift. nothing for me, i just want my little girl fixed. he says no problem (hey he hates shopping too ;)
Have you noticed there's always some idiot that barks at your dog and they seem to think it's funny to aggiatate your animals. I have teenagers next store and they use to bark at my dogs trying to aggiate them. I can see them from the den, so I would walk outside and tell them to stop teasing the dogs or I'll be talking to your parents. Doesn't happen anymore. Instead of aggitating the dogs they aggitated the owner. That will teach them!
We had a little boy barking at Jackson when he was only a few months old and at first they were playing but then it starting freaking him out. They boy would come up and get in his face and bark and Jackson would go wild. For a while there he was afraid of little kids but he has gotten over it. We know now not to be polite but to stop it right away.
Socializing is good for them when it is a positive experience. Georgie has always been friendly to people and especially other dogs but Jackson had to learn it. He did not care for strangers and will sometimes get a little shy. He has learned to like strangers but still barks at other dogs. We take them to car cruises and to work all the time so constant exposure helped him out.