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Are dog people more friendly?

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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

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Mon 07-Jan-13 22:05:17

I have 3 and I'm an unsociable old cow! grin

But I have 3 cats too, maybe they cancel out the dog friendliness!

NorksAreMessy Mon 07-Jan-13 22:11:14

Yes we are...with other dog people
I walk in a lovely lonely unspoiled countryside and whenever I meet another dog walker we have a friendly chat.

However...start a thread with 'shall I regime my dog' or 'shall I buy a puppy off the internet' and see how very unfriendly some dog people can get smile

zandy Mon 07-Jan-13 22:11:48

I've lived here ten years. Had the dog one year. I've spoken to more people in the past year than in the whole of the nine previous years.

Dogs are ice breakers in conversation. You wouldn't go up to a lone person walking up the street and chat to them, but if they have a dog you can make a dog comment to that stranger and a conversation begins.

IceNoSlice Mon 07-Jan-13 22:13:12

Not the ones who don't pick up poo! Or the ones who hang poo bags on trees or fences. Why???

But most of you are luffly

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 07-Jan-13 22:13:26

Imo, yes, although we do not suffer fools gladly, hence the 'shall I buy Gumtree' reactions grin

Mutt Mon 07-Jan-13 22:13:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NewYearNewNN Mon 07-Jan-13 22:14:16

Gosh thanks Ice <preens>

ShowOfHands Mon 07-Jan-13 22:14:32

It's just common ground isn't it? If I'm out with ds, I tend to chat with other mothers of similarly aged dc as we have something to chat about.

And respecting other people? Ooooh tricky. This topic is probably like the rest of MN, predominantly supportive but I had my most serious run in ever on here and saw some truly disgusting behaviour, including threatening, personal attacks and some spectacular flouncing.

Purplemonster Mon 07-Jan-13 22:16:24

Yes of course, apart from some people who own working type dogs like spaniels and collies, in my experience some of those are a bit uppity and stand offish, the rest of us are nice!

NewYearNewNN Mon 07-Jan-13 22:18:33

The vitriol that's spread if someone says (for example) they want to breed from their bitch is up there with anything on AIBU on a bunfight night, but usually this patch of the site is great. I spend far more time here than on the official website for my trade association (dogwalking and petcare), and get fantastic tips and advice.

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

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Mon 07-Jan-13 22:20:14

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!

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!

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.

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.

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>

NorksAreMessy Mon 07-Jan-13 22:32:44

People with four terriers are lovely but loony

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Mon 07-Jan-13 22:41:29

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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