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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

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 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

LetThereBeCupcakes Tue 08-Jan-13 11:13:29

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.

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

Most are lovely smile

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!

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!

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.

OldBagWantsNewBag Wed 09-Jan-13 11:55:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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!

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.

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.

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