I don't mind if they ask or make conversation with the owner, but I hate when little kids come up to Max and the parents don't care, it's disrespectful and frightening to the dog, so I'd much rather they asked. There are occasions when I do say "No".
I gets frusterating sometimes because my Malamute gets swarmed, especially since "8 below" came out. I take Kuma out with me to eat at restraunts and people keep coming up and want to talk about him and pet him. I think this is as close as I'll ever be to being a celebrity, and it's pretty annoying. Kuma gets annoyed after a while, too.
I don't mind it when people come up to me and want to talk about dogs, it happened a LOT when we had Ramoth, the akita, because she was a breed rarely seen where we live. To me this is just one of those things you have to accept and put up with if you have a dog and you want to take it into public.
I am generally hyper aware when people are around and I have my dog out, this is a left over from having an Akita, I suppose. For kids, those who come up, when they reach out their hands, I immediately say, "You always should ASK before petting any dog. What if my dog doesn't like to be petted? Would you want a stranger walking up and touching you?" This usually chastises the child (and parent) enough to make them ask.
Personally I've noticed that far far more kids ask to pet than the ones that don't ask. I think that's because there's lots of animal/dog safety classes done in schools around here.
I'm pretty used to people coming up to me and Lacy, especially when we're at the mall and she's in her stroller. I know it's something people don't usually see so of course they are going to stop and look and ask me about it. I'm fine with it as long as they don't stop me for 20 minutes to talk about dogs like one lady in Saks did once. I don't usually mind people petting her if they ask, and I don't mind kids petting her if they are well behaved and ask nicely. But I'm not going to let a kid that is running around and acting wild pet her.
Never bothers me at all. In fact, I LIKE it when people want to pet Maggie and make a fuss over her. She is very social, and she just loves the attention. I find that 90% of the people (adults and kids alike) ask first. But even if they don't, it doesn't bother me. Maggie is totally harmless. Worst she could do is knock a small child over in her excitement, so I AM careful around really small kids.
It's not right for people to come up out of nowhere and touch all over animals without asking. Do people honestly wonder why dogs attack sometimes? Parents who do this, who let their children just run up to dogs expecting the owner not to care, really push my buttons.
I have had this problem recently, when we brought the Chow into the home. People, especially children, see him as a teddy bear. But he has anxiety issues, since his last owners were older and never took him out much. But he is young, and even when he is over this, I will not allow anyone to pet him without asking. Dog owners should educate against that, not condone it.
With the boxers I love it, they dogs love it. I expect it if I take them out. I take it as a compliment. I know I only pet dogs that I think are cute....lol... My dogs are current on vaccinations and KC, it's not like some one is going to give them something.
It's different with Ginger, because she is 5 lbs and I protect her like an egg, but I am normally holding her so she doesn't get stepped on, squeeze or smooshed. I don't mind if people pet her while I am holding her though.
Just pointing out... that the question was NOT "Do you hate it when people pet your dog without asking" In fact, the second phrase of the question said "do you ever say no" implying that it is when people ASK.
The question was about if you like strangers touching your dog and letting your dog lick them.
think the OP was talking about germs and such, not a "with or without asking" thing.
usually, it doesn't bother me. cooper is ususally just as interested in strangers as they are in him. but last nite i was at a coffee shop and this guy stopped and had his girlfriend take a picture of him petting my dog. i tried to make small talk, but they just ignored me. it was totally weird. it took a second to register and by then they were gone. i think it depends on each approaching person. i think we should set boundaries and be ready to enforce them for our sake and the sake of our animal. i don't know what i would have done differently last nite, but it was strange and made me uncomfortable. most of the time, though, people are cool and just want to give him some doggy lovin.
Well danes can bring on a lot of attention because they’re so big, but the dogs and I don't mind petting as long as they ask first. Two of my girls are deaf and it pisses me off when people just come out of nowhere touching them. It sometimes startles them, making them jump toward me for help and usually about knocking me over. As far as kissing they all have a "kiss" signal if someone wants a kiss, but know better than to just lick someone. I would never have a problem telling someone not to do or let my dogs do something I didn't want them to.
i'm used to it and the dogs love it. they want to kiss everyone and everything they see. most people around here have never seen a french bulldog, and they are curious. after meeting my crew, they are in love with them. rocky puts on a show. he does this little roll-hop thing. and hops around their feet. i dont let anyone pick them up because they get so wiggly, i worry about someone dropping them. they would crash right on those heavy heads of theirs. lol
i think alot depends on the breed. i wouldnt allow just anyone to walk up and pet harley, our gsd. not because i think he may bite, but because i can not say for sure that he wont. my frenchies on the other hand, are chomping at the bit to get to people. they want attention. they want pet and play. kisses. lots and lots of kisses. i have never had anyone not ask to pet them first, but i wouldnt blow a gasket if they didnt.