not to have had a go at dog owner for dog causing dd to fall off bike?

(28 Posts)
LittleLisa78 Mon 06-May-13 22:05:42

DD, age 5, and I went on a bike ride today. She was leading and as she went past a garden she started singing very loudly. A massive Rottweiler jumped up at garden gate and barked really loudly, making DD jump so much she fell off her bike. Luckily she fell onto grass and was fine, owner went it to garden to see why dog was barking, said he was friendly and DD was stroking him so all fine in my opinion. When she told DP tonight however he thought I should've had a go at the dog owner and that such a big dog shouldn't be in front garden. WIBU to not have said anything?

sarahseashell Mon 06-May-13 22:07:33

YANBU - spilt milk and all that. Sounds like you handled it just fine. Glad your dd is okay smile

HollyBerryBush Mon 06-May-13 22:08:10

His house, his dog, his garden.

MikeOxard Mon 06-May-13 22:09:05

Yanbu. It isn't necessary to have a go at someone every time something unfortunate happens.

Floralnomad Mon 06-May-13 22:09:21

The dog was in its own front garden ,what exactly did your DP think you should have said?

BackforGood Mon 06-May-13 22:10:12

Of course YANBU. As you say - the dog was in it's own garden, not roaming free in the park on on the street.
Also, your dd was fine about it, so no issue to worry about.

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 06-May-13 22:10:51

hmm.
What on earth would you have said?

LittleLisa78 Mon 06-May-13 22:16:23

Precisely, the dog was on his own property. DD probably made him jump with her 'delightful' singing, he made her jump by barking - even Stevens IMO. DP thought it was dangerous because a child might try to stroke him over front gate and he might not have been friendly. I pointed out that our children know better than to stroke a strange dog without checking first so for us it's irrelevant anyway. Ironically it's usually me that says something if it needs saying anyway, never dp

I was out today with DCs. Bike lane in the centre of the beachfront. Big daft dog runs from the beach and nearly collides with female cyclist who proceeds to yell f* off really loudly in direction of slightly startled dog. Was a bit shock and also a bit grin at all the passers by hoiking up their bosoms in disgust.

LittleLisa78 Mon 06-May-13 22:35:16

My dog is seemingly magnetically attracted to bikes, he cannot let one pass without getting in its way.

sunlightonthegrass Mon 06-May-13 22:38:39

Aw, your poor DD. Your thread has made me laugh, though - sorry, it's imagining this big tough dog being scared so much by a little kid singing! x

Saw a passer by kick out at a dog that took him and his partner by surprise by bounding behind them barking sad was such softy bouncy dog.

GoblinGranny Mon 06-May-13 22:56:31

Dog in garden, it's the cyclist who should take care not to upset it.
Cyclist in a bike lane, colliding with dog? Fuck off indeed!
I've yelled at dogs and owners who feel that they have the right to bounce/snap/growl at me because I'm on a bike. Little shits.

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 06-May-13 23:03:35

I love bouncy dogs.

tropicalfish Mon 06-May-13 23:07:43

I dont think you should have had a go at them but I am very surprised at the number of people that think it is ok for a dog to behave in such an antisocial and unpleasant way.

hmm. Don't think the owners and dogs deliberately target you because you are on a bike Goblin, but hey ho. confused

GoblinGranny Mon 06-May-13 23:09:59

Dunno, the running alongside and general noises of mayhem give that impression. If they weren't bothered, they'd just let me cycle past wouldn't they?

tropicalfish Mon 06-May-13 23:10:36

I dont think it is ok for a dog to cause annoyance and distress to passersby regardless of whether it is in its own garden.

Maybe, but dogs also bounce around people who are walking, running and just going about their business too. Hard to stop that unless you just stop taking dogs out. Your post made it sound like there's some conspiracy by dogs and their owners to particularly target cyclists. Was just a bit confused
Big dog today was far away from cyclists running around on a beach and bounded away unexpectedly towards walkway. Just one of those things and really didn't warrant such an extreme reaction from cyclist IMO.

ryanboy Mon 06-May-13 23:16:27

I would have felt very intimidated by a Rottweiler growling or barking at me through a gate, so I don't thionk your DH is BU

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 06-May-13 23:17:26

My dog barks at passers by in my garden, tropicalfish
WTF are you supposed to do with your dog?
We can't take them out or somebody will whinge about every minor indiscretion.
Keep them safely fenced up in your garden and passers by will whinge that their barking made them jump.
Dog owners can't win really.

LittleLisa78 Mon 06-May-13 23:17:48

Tropical - dogs bark, it isn't antisocial unless its prolonged and causing disruption which is wasn't.
Sunlight - you haven't heard her singing - it's pretty scary!

LittleLisa78 Mon 06-May-13 23:22:21

Ryanboy - a Rottweiler can't control how loud he barks, bit daft to suggest this breed would make you intimidated but another might not - not as if there can be a list of non intimidating dogs that are permitted in gardens

Agree with Lady and I'm not a dog owner or have particular liking of dogs.
How do you prevent it. They're dogs not humans so you can't really reason with them/take their lego away/promise them ice cream etc to ensure good behaviour.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Tue 07-May-13 06:59:28

LittleL you've reminded me of when I was a kid, and on the way to school we used to sneak past a garden where a bloodhound lived, he had the hugest scariest bark. And made us jump everytime.
In hindsight, being a bloodhound he could smell is coming a mile off! grin

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