Are dog people more friendly?

(36 Posts)
dibsmum Mon 07-Jan-13 20:50:46

discuss. People are nicer to me when I'm with my dogs and even on here the doghouse seems more friendly than the child focused chat, there is always someone there wanting to start an argument but people seem to respect each others views here. I wondered if there was a scientific or other explanation. grin

coffeeinbed Wed 09-Jan-13 17:22:29

Very good point Ephiny.
A dog gives a reason to talk and to break the ice to people who will never otherwise find it in them to even say hello.
I remember reading about this in Watching the English.

Ephiny Wed 09-Jan-13 12:03:33

I don't think dog people are necessarily more friendly, but dogs definitely do give you a reason/excuse to chat to people more. Part of that is that they just get you out and about, usually at the same time every day, so you tend to see the same people and get to know each other.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 09-Jan-13 11:57:40

(Falls on OldBag in relief) I thought I'd killed the thread! Of course you're not invisible!

I'm not sure all dogs owners are lovely but the world certainly seems like a friendlier place when you have a dog, or in my case dogs, with you.

I have six dogs. Everything from a 10lb Papillon to a 12 stone Dogue De Bordeaux with a Cavalier, SBTs and another DDB in between. We're always being stopped by people who want to give them a pat and a cuddle and due to the older DDBs size people often want to take a photo of him or have their photo taken with him.

If I'm on my own I might aswell be invisible! sad

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 08-Jan-13 22:16:50

I don't own a dog but when walking the dog owning citizenry nearly always smile and say hello if I admire their dog(s) fawningly catch their eye and smile or say good morning/afternoon, unlike 40% of non dog walkers.

littlewhitebag Tue 08-Jan-13 22:08:36

I have a loveable but slightly loopy lab pup and i have talked to more people since i got her 6 months ago than i did in the previous 3 years since i moved here! Btw - i got her from a breeder who advertised on Gumtree - shoot me down now!

DreamingOfTheMaldives Tue 08-Jan-13 22:03:59

What's wrong with Labradoodles?! We've got one and he is the most amazing dog in the world. Well, that's what I keep telling him. Biased? Ok, maybe a little. but he still is

I do think there is a certain amount of camaraderie between dog walkers because of all those times when you, yet again, bump into the same people at the park in the cold, dark and the rain because Fido wants a walk when you actually want to be curled up on the sofa with DH, furry friend and a glass of wine!

doglover Tue 08-Jan-13 13:27:11

Most are lovely smile

The old man I met in the dog park yesterday wasn't nice AT ALL. As I asked him (quite nicely, considering the circumstances) to get his dog under control as it attempted to maul my lab he respond with "I'VE BEEN COMING HERE FIVE YEARS!".

Um. Good for you. Now get your dog on a lead. hmm

There are always some spoiling it, but most dog people I meet are lovely.

dibsmum Tue 08-Jan-13 02:34:56

I don't think you're nuts at all weegie. I'm so sorry you've had such a bad experience and I don't blame you for disliking dogs, I hope I haven't offended you and I really appreciate your different viewpoint. This post was only for a bit of fun, I certainly wasn't getting at anyone. sad

weegiemum Tue 08-Jan-13 00:35:46

I'm not a doggie person. My dh was bitten as a child and is phobic. My ds(dc2) almost lost an arm and had extensive plastic surgery as a toddler after a collie-bite (personally I'd say mauling, dog attacked ds from behind and severed a shoulder vein).

So I'm not big on doggie-people who think everyone who doesn't like ogs is nuts. I'm friends with lots of people with dogs, just not the ones who insist their dog is fine to see my 10yo ds -cos there's not a dog out there I'd trust, and I'm not sorry!

dibsmum Tue 08-Jan-13 00:29:49

I've spent the evening googling lion outfits for my lurcher. Does that make me a bad person? shock

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 08-Jan-13 00:03:13

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Labrador crosses. The breeders of such crosses otoh....

dibsmum Mon 07-Jan-13 23:40:41

Oh no What's the problem with labradoodles? I think they're cute. I have a staffie cross and a lurcher for the record! wink

elastamum Mon 07-Jan-13 23:08:16

Have 3 delightful, well behaved labradoodles whom everyone we meet IRL seem to love, but on this site owning a labradoodle is considered a major sin, even though one is a rescue ducks and runs shock

GrimmaTheNome Mon 07-Jan-13 22:58:48

If you want a walk with extra joy, get a dachshund. Children are entranced by a real 'sausage dog' ... including big hoody lads who might on first glance look a bit scary but who go 'awwww how cute' with the best of them.

Of course dog owners chat with each other but there's that odd thing where you are so busy admiring the dogs that you haven't a clue what the other person looks like from the knees up!

coffeeinbed Mon 07-Jan-13 22:48:08

My dog and I talk to about 20 people, 15 children and assorted dogs on any given walk.
So yes, I'd agree.

I don't make many friendships through dog walking as my collie would like to eat any other dogs that she passes, and my spaniel either ignores people or presents them with some regurgitated bit of rubber that vaguely resembles a ball.

I have a 10 week old puppy now too. I've never had a small dog before I keep tripping over him, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to ever walk them all together! grin

People with four terriers are lovely but loony

HoneyDragon Mon 07-Jan-13 22:28:14

But Labrador owners are special <<preens>>

The reality is Labrador ownership gives you balls of brass as you spend your entire fucking time offering to pay strangers dry cleaning bills or being known as that mad woman with that Lab that <insert offence here>

NotMostPeople Mon 07-Jan-13 22:28:01

Yes but there are those who are horrible too. This morning I had a man swearing at me because my dog growled at his dog. His dogs have been bounding up to mine when mines been on the lead and the owner too busy chatting on the phone. No point saying anything to him but he was so intimidating to me in the middle of nowhere, so I'm not feeling to kindly towards other dog owners.

Floralnomad Mon 07-Jan-13 22:23:06

Where I live its the Labrador and doodle owners that think they're something special , the spaniel and collie people are fine.

dibsmum Mon 07-Jan-13 22:20:48

haha great comments, really interesting, thanks grin I think cat people are friendly too but I'm biased, i've always had cats, dogs are a more recent addition!

Aah see Purplemonster, I have a working collie and a working spaniel although they don't really do proper work
I'm not uppity though, just socially awkward!

toomuch2young Mon 07-Jan-13 22:19:50

I think so!
My whole life is doggy related. Work with dogs, walking my dogs, agility, I really can't imagine my life without them and almost all my friends are connected to dogs and are all lovely.
You can't beat the friendships formed over daily walks. grin

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