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PuddinAforeDinner Mon 01-Oct-12 11:00:43

Some dogs need a little space and this is a simple idea

ditavonteesed Mon 01-Oct-12 13:05:43

amazing idea, would need everyone to know what it means though and I think the type of people who let their dog approach on lead dog arent the type of people to educate themselves around dog issues.

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Oct-12 14:34:59

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RedwingWinter Mon 01-Oct-12 16:25:44

Personally I think it's far better to assume that if a dog is on a lead, your dog shouldn't approach it without you asking permission. To be honest, I think this is what polite dog owners do anyway. So the scheme is aimed at the impolite ones, who probably won't even learn what it means.

If a dog is that bad that it has to have a signal to show it, then shouldn't it be wearing a muzzle?

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 01-Oct-12 16:30:31

Muzzles are good for keeping unwanted attention away. I put Whippy in one sometimes if I want to do something where I need other dogs to stay clear.

People automatically assume she is savage and give us a wide berth. She's not. She snaps in fear if another dog comes to fast at her when she is on her lead, but she never makes contact. The fact that we either turn and walk away (BAT) or move to the side of the path (we do this when they are dogs behind and in front of us and we can't get away) isn't enough to keep some owners and their dogs away. A muzzle does. I got sick of having to explain that I am trying to help her with fear aggression and so she needs space when she is on a lead.

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Oct-12 16:52:02

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ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm Mon 01-Oct-12 16:56:08

Bad idea it leaves you open to being sued as you're admitting that there is something wrong with your dog. Shame really sad I was all for it till someone told me this. I want to get something for my dog that says 'do not touch' he is great with other dogs, kids and most women, but not men, and he can't bear to be touched by strangers unless they're children.

Ladyofthehouse Mon 01-Oct-12 16:59:54

I've seen this and think it's a good idea too.

Our dog isn't aggressive at all - off the lead she is fine and will happily play with other dogs or ignore them (depends on her mood that day!) but on the lead she's terrified when other dogs come bowling up to her! If she's on the lead it's because we're near a road or cyclists so it is annoying that other dog walkers don't understand that not all dogs want to be sniffed at!!

And vice versa when she's off the lead and see a dog on the lead we call her back to us - but once or twice people have asked if thats because we don't like her to socialise with their dog!

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 01-Oct-12 17:01:24

I don't muzzle Whippy to stop her hurting another dog or person. She never would, even if she did ever make contact rather than just air snapping, which I doubt she ever would, then her mouth is too small to cause any damage to any kind of dog. She's only ever air snapped at another dog twice, when they and their owners didn't heed her warning growl and the other owners were letting their dogs continually harass her.

I muzzled her simply to keep other people away because nothing else was working and it was starting to get me down and making training difficult.

Because she is so small people assume she is 'safe' and don't even attempt to keep their dogs away. This was happening to us on a daily basis, even in on leash only parks people with dogs on extendable leads would let their dog run to the end of it's lead to greet her. It was bordering on ridiculous. Had anyone else told me it was happening I would have thought they were exaggerating, but it honestly was that bad.

With the muzzle 99% of other owners control their dog and give us enough space to work.

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 01-Oct-12 17:17:14

And that still reads as utterly unbelievable and over exaggerated doesn't it? But it really is that bad. It's the same with children. With any other dog I have ever owned their parents always make them ask before they touch my dogs and we only get stopped once or twice at most on a walk. With Whippy there is just constant barrage of children throwing themselves at her or other dogs being allowed to harass her. When I take her on the school run we have to set off early to account for all the children who want to stop and pet her grin

I can only assume it is because most people think she is a very young puppy. They often assume she is a Greyhound or pedigree whippet pup and are surprised when I tell them she is two. She also does this very amusing wiggle which makes her look extra cute.

SecretSquirrel193 Mon 01-Oct-12 17:19:32

[She never would, even if she did ever make contact rather than just air snapping, which I doubt she ever would, then her mouth is too small to cause any damage to any kind of dog.]

Guess you've never seen a whippet fight before then huh.. Whippets can do just as much damage as any dog TO any other dog..

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 01-Oct-12 17:20:45

Whippy is a quarter of the size of a fully grown Whippet. She's more an oddly shaped cat to be fair.

SecretSquirrel193 Mon 01-Oct-12 17:21:31

She can still do damage to other dogs - some of the worst scars I've known people to have from dogs are from ankle biters..

OldBagWantsNewBag Mon 01-Oct-12 17:50:34

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SecretSquirrel193 Mon 01-Oct-12 18:07:04

I'm sure that applies to the Beware of the Dog signs - One of the dog law experts has it as a FAQ on his site (I want to say Martin someone?) so I don't see why a ribbon system wouldn't be the same sadly

If its worded a certain way its fine, if its another it can be used to say you are admitting the dog could bite.

I will google..

SecretSquirrel193 Mon 01-Oct-12 18:09:28

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