As a read this thread I am so glad that I taught my kids from an early age not to just walk up and pet other people's dog(s) without asking. And just this weekend I had the perfect opportunity to reinforce that policy.
We took the kids to a pretty popular island in our area. It was about an hour away and very tourist saturated year round. And as we were walking down the pier back to the main land my kids saw a beautiful yellow lab. They were all ohhh and ahh as they saw the doggie at the end of the pier. I stopped all three of my kids (6, 5, 3 yrs old) and reminded them of the rule of no touching of strange dogs without owners permission. And not one of my kids ran up to that dog. Also they did not yell ahhh dog around it either. Then as we neared the restrooms there was a cute Maltese mix this time I did not remind them of that rule.
I think all parents should teach that to their kids at a very young age.
We can take our dog out into public thinking that they would never harm someone, but sometimes, something could happen that you could never anticipate or predict. The wrong person could walk up to your dog and stick their hand in their face or on your dog, and your dog could react in the exact opposite way that you've grown to expect.
My dog is fearful of people, and I can either feed into that and baby him by locking him in the house all day, or I can try to teach him to not be afraid, by taking him out and slowly exposing him to life outside the yard he's terrified to leave...and I choose to try to help him, and if people are polite and respectful, maybe someday he can overcome his fears, stop the submissive urinating, and enjoy the outdoors like a real dog.
First though, he's got to learn that it's okay to play with toys.
Poor boy. >< If I could get my hands on the people who did this to him, I wouldn't ask permission to touch them with my foot on their rear ends. ;)
well they dont do groomers. they are short coated. i do their nails myself. as far as the vet goes. they are the first and only frenchies that go there. alot of people that come in to the office, have never even seen a french bulldog before, so they are curious. my dogs are all wiggles and hops when they get in the door. they pull the leashes to get to people. i dont mind anyone petting them. i did have a girl try to literally pry tiger lily out of my arms when she was a pup. the vet tech saw what was going on and told the woman that its not good for the pup to be touched by other people or put down on the floor until she was fully innoculated. but other than that, most people just see these wiggly little fur bodies, straining the leash to get them , so they just come and pet them. the dogs love it.
ppl should always ask b4 coming towards you and wanna pet your animal. i hate when they do it and my dog growl ay someone,sometimes dog sense stuff what we can,t. i have always told children and adults to make sure to ask 1st . you just never know
thats sad not to take your dog in to the puplic bc he may not act good around pll. i will take my dog everywhere if my dog is on the leash and i would not care .its WRONG from pll to just asume the dog is friendly...poor judgement you should always make sure to ask 1st if you can pet a dog.
***Edited By: tbird2006 on 12/27/2006 9:51:01 AM*** Reason: missread a post
tbird2006. no, it is not sad at all. if you have a dog that you know will bite, then you should not take the dog out into the public. if the dog does end up biting someone, regardless of wether or not they approached first, you are liable. not only are you putting someone else at risk, you are putting your dog at risk. moreso if he/she is a pitbull or pitmix.
Yackaroo - you're more than welcome to use any of them...
BBkoo - Some might be considered confrontational... but I think that someone who comes up to pet my dog without asking, and then asks "Why" when I tell them that I would rather them not touch my dog needs to expect that I just might get a little confrontational.
I try to teach my dogs that people are "background noise" not petting machines. I don't want my dogs to touch anyone else without me telling them "ok". My dogs need to know that I am in control - I will tell them when it's ok for someone to touch them or when it's ok for them to touch someone else. Until that time... hands and paws off.
Neither of my dogs have ever bitten anyone - however, I am fully aware that there is a first time for everything... unless I am capable of giving the dog and the person petting my dog my FULL attention - I would rather someone not touch them. There are too many things that could go wrong. When we were younger my sister had a boyfriend who was wearign Drakkar Noir - one day he accidentally stepped on our Shih Tzu. From that day on - NO MAN who was wearing that cologne could take the chance of petting our dog... he would attempt to take his arm off. Sometimes you need to assess the situation before allowing someone to touch your dog.