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AIBU bloody “dog people”

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mumof2exhausted Sun 03-Jun-18 17:05:40

Ok so I know there are some decent, responsible dog people out there but AIBU to say that there are some absolute arseholes who genuinely don’t seem to understand that not everyone loves dogs?? My 4 year old was recently bitten by a random dog so understandably is little nervous around them. A huge dog has just ran after him in the park (double the size of him) and he was petrified. Dog obviously thought he was playing game of chase. I don’t blame the dogs, I blame the owners. They didn’t call him off immediately just laughed and shouted “oh he’s just being friendly”. This happens all the time. Another big dog jumped up and pushed over my 2 year old couple of weeks ago. And no sorry or anything. Again a “he’s just being friendly ha ha” and off they walked without so much as a backwards glance to check my crying 2 year old was ok. I don’t have a dog but if I did and this happened I would be mortified and would apologise immediately and dog would go straight on a lead. Nearly lost my shit today with the owners but honestly don’t think they would have even cared.

Bananarama12 Sun 03-Jun-18 17:09:16

I never let my dog go up to children. So irresponsible.

e1y1 Sun 03-Jun-18 17:14:06

YANBU, I adore my Dogs and generally would rather spend time with them than most people. But some people don’t like dogs and don’t want to be around them and that’s fine. Owners should handle their dogs in a way that doesn’t allow your children (or anyone) to be scared or injured.

You’re right, it’s irresponsible owners, not the dogs.

Ohmydayslove Sun 03-Jun-18 17:19:12

Totally agree op. I have a dog and am a massive dog lover but I said it before and say it again I don’t think dogs should be off leash in public places. We Spent a grand making sure our garden was fully enclosed and that’s where our dog runs off leash.

I think there should be areas for dogs where they can run but otherwise in parks etc they should be leashed.

Far too many stupid people own massive dogs.

ScaredPAD Sun 03-Jun-18 17:24:12

A friend told me how funny it was their friends dog steals toddlers I've creams sad It seems most dog owners I meet in parks don't have a problem with their dogs running up to children.

Recently on a beach we had several dogs run though our picnic area on my blanket. The owners seems so entitled.

Bluelonerose Sun 03-Jun-18 17:24:48


Just today a massive staffie came over and tried jumping up me and I was told it's ok she's friendly. hmm

If I wanted a dog jumping up me ide get a dog.

I'm not scared of dogs I just don't want them jumping up me. Is that too much to ask?

UpstartCrow Sun 03-Jun-18 17:26:47

Yanbu, some people use dogs to act out against other people in ways they couldn't get away with doing themselves.

flashnazia Sun 03-Jun-18 17:26:51

Some dog dog owners are flipping annoying. I had a dog run into my picnic once and the owners sniggered.
Once I was eating a sandwich on a bench and a huge dog tries to get it. Again, the owner smiled as if I was supposed to find it cute.
Spare a thought for farmers whose sheep actually die because stupid dogs frighten them to death (literally). Dogs should not be allowed off lead except in designated areas (not that this stops some ppl) and there should be a huge fine.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 03-Jun-18 17:26:55

You’ve had more than your fair share of bad experiences. That’s very unlucky

Yanbu. Us dog owners should be responsible and have control.

Theworldisfullofgs Sun 03-Jun-18 17:27:09

Yanbu. I love my dog but i get that not everyone does. My super friendly dog also doesn't like it when off lead dogs bound up to him in lead only areas. Neither do I.

Hoppinggreen Sun 03-Jun-18 17:27:34

I don’t let my large bouncy dog approach anyone
However, I would also appreciate it if people didn’t let their children grab him, is THAT too much to ask?

Oddcat Sun 03-Jun-18 17:28:33

Uanbu , would they walk off and laugh if their older child had pushed your toddler over ?

CherryChasingDotMuncher Sun 03-Jun-18 17:29:55

YANBU but there's some very protective dog people on here so prepare to be flamed. I for one am very nervous of certain types of dos and I swear they sense it!

I'm also very sceptical of people who brag how much they prefer dogs to people. If you can write off the whole human race as not being worthy enough of your respect then the problem is most probably you.

RandomMess Sun 03-Jun-18 17:31:03

YANBU I would be mortified if my small dog did this angry

ScaredPAD Sun 03-Jun-18 17:31:22

Flash - that's it exactly - if their dig knocks over kids sandcastles/walks through our picnic or pesters the children they smile and think it's funny. Arggggg.

CherryChasingDotMuncher Sun 03-Jun-18 17:31:27

I also hate the "he's just being friendly" gubbins. I no longer go to SIL's after she actually laughed at me for jumping when her dog (with a previous record of biting both adults and children) barked right in my face and called me ridiculous hmm

Newerversion Sun 03-Jun-18 17:35:20

Yanbu at all, our dog is small but barks as a greeting and we are totally aware that this alone is off putting to lots of people so walk him where we know he won’t meet many people without their own dogs. If we come across people without a dog he goes straight back on the lead (he doesn’t bark then)

ScaredPAD Sun 03-Jun-18 17:35:37

Oh yes another school mum thinks I'm precious as my small child doesn't like being licked in the face by her big dog. "Oh yes little x doesn't cope with dogs does she." As if it's her failing. Who wants to be licked in the face fgs!?

Ohmydayslove Sun 03-Jun-18 17:36:52

I had to rugby tackle my toddler grandson from trying to pet a massive Rottweiler that was growling while his owner said ‘it’s ok he loves kids* angry not the dogs fault the owners.

Cherry my sil did similar when my kids were small. Never went back to her house again.

Ohmydayslove Sun 03-Jun-18 17:39:00

Can I add I also detest aggressive dogs frightening my little dog while she’s on her lead! Fucking owners laughing while my dog is clearly scared of snappy growly big fucking dogs..

I pick her up but it’s not on and it’s not funny.

gambaspilpilmyfav Sun 03-Jun-18 17:39:23

YANBU- I own a dog, he wont go near a person or child and certainly isn't a jumper and overall recall is good. He however is useless around picnics so when the warm weather brings out the picnics he is on his lead or I simply take him to the woods instead. I have had other peoples dogs slobber into my babies buggy, trying to pee on the buggy, jump up on my DC, laughing about how friendly they are, running into picnics and laughing as they approach the clearly upset picnic party. I have heard stories of kids having there ice creams being taken out of there hands. To add it to the mix my OH is one of those irritating owners. Slowly following as my dog runs into a picnic, laughing and suggesting the folks are not bothered. I refuse to take the dog out with him, its truly embarrassing!

Lennon80 Sun 03-Jun-18 17:40:32

I live on the coast and there are lots of woodland - it’s full of dog owners and I am sick of them. My little boy is terrified of them and the other week one chased him he was screaming and shaking - not a fuck given by the owners. Not everyone likes stinky dogs jumping all over them. If it doesn’t heel it shouldn’t be off the lead. If my toddler was jumping all over people I’d keep him on reins.

I was even told once ‘this is a dog walkers woods’ when I expressed some anger about a dog jumping all over our picnic.

Newerversion Sun 03-Jun-18 17:41:11

Ohmysdays- I pick ours up in that situation too.
Can I add to the list of hates- people who let their dogs off the lead in designated and well signed ‘on lead’ areas. Like the rules don’t count for their dog.

Wearelocal Sun 03-Jun-18 17:41:41

YANBU I'm a dog owner and I'm always surprised when people let their small child wander over to my dog. (He is lovely, but they don't know that). Dogs should be under control in public spaces. You have every right to be annoyed.

Frenchiemamax Sun 03-Jun-18 17:44:04

YANBU. I have 3 dogs, one is a very large strong breed and I would never let any of them anywhere near a child if we’re out walking. They also know better than to run up to strangers, but they’d get a bollocking if they ever did anything like this. Hope your little one isn’t too scared of dogs now, most of them are wonderful!

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