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AMcoffeeLover Fri 12-Jun-15 13:57:27

I was running (well attempting to run lol) today with my 2 boys through our usual fields and woodland route and came across a dog (small poodle cross type thing) and owner we've never seen before. Dog came bounding over so told my duo they could greet. Dogs met near me, sniffing and gentle playing when the owner stormed over yelling "get away from my dog", she never even called it back! Just yelled at me. Said they were just playing and if she didn't want her dog near mine then she should have recalled hers, if she'd shown any indication of not wanting to meet then I wouldnt have let mine greet.
Then she announced hers isn't allowed to play with "that sort of dog" and I should have sent hers away.
Am I right in feeling really pissed off about it? Surely we're all responsible for our own dogs?! Grrrrrr

mrslaughan Fri 12-Jun-15 14:09:30

I have learnt, rather quickly, that there are plenty of dog owners who yell first, blame you for everything,....honestly I am so pleased I walk in mostly unpopulated areas where I know most people. esp since my dog is big, and then everyone assumes he's vicious.......it honestly does my head in.

holmessweetholmes Fri 12-Jun-15 14:18:11

You're quite entitled to be cross! If she doesn't want her dog playing with other dogs she should keep it on the lead!

MarcoPoloCX Fri 12-Jun-15 14:20:55

Stupid woman. If she didn't want her dog to play with other dogs then she should have kept a better eye on them and recall straight away. And what does she mean by that sort of dog? Idiot!!! You should have yelled back.

nellieellie Fri 12-Jun-15 14:20:58

Am dying to know what 'sort of dog' you have!

TheHoundsBitch Fri 12-Jun-15 14:22:48

Do you have staffies? Some people are right twats about staffies sad

Mrsjayy Fri 12-Jun-15 14:27:38

Is your dog a bit rough wear a studded collar maybe not good enough for her precious poch grin she was being a twat bet she had a cats bum face and marched to get her dog

StarsInTheNightSky Fri 12-Jun-15 14:32:04

How weird and massively unreasonable! Was she wearing a matching outfit to her dog? grin. I want to know what sort of dogs yours are too!

AMcoffeeLover Fri 12-Jun-15 15:03:10

I have 2 very soft loving staffs! Sorry meant to say earlier! They are large for the breed but tbh they act like babies

AMcoffeeLover Fri 12-Jun-15 15:05:47

We're hardly threatening! Im 5ft 2, Freddy likes to smell flowers and Billy walks into trees! Its like a comedy act!

Mrsjayy Fri 12-Jun-15 15:14:07

Aww my dog loves smelling flowers

moosemama Fri 12-Jun-15 16:28:50

She is obviously far more barking than her dog! grin

Fwiw, I'd love my dogs to meet a couple of softie Staffies like your boys instead of the usual bunch of poorly controlled dogs we usually come across, who for the most part tend to be either completely over-the-top with no social skills/manners or just plain anti-social.

It's so rare for us to meet nice, calm, friendly dogs whose owners actually have a clue these days. One of mine is scared of off-lead dogs, but fine if they're on lead or under close control and he's introduced gently. It's so hard to find dogs he can actually meet, as opposed to ones that come haring up and leap all over him while he's on the lead that I have to be really careful where I walk him.

AMcoffeeLover Fri 12-Jun-15 16:42:33

It makes me so sad when people judge a dog based on the breed.
I've met more badly behaved Jacks and labs ect (not having a go at those breeds just an example) than rotties, staff , boxers, mastiffs ect.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 12-Jun-15 16:56:49

So her dog came bounding over towards you, but she said you should get away from her dog?

Er, yes. Not surprised you're pissed off.

I've got a small dog (dachshund) - if I see any dogs I'm not happy for him to interact with it's my responsibility. But they're few and far between and usually if someone has a dog that doesn't get on with others they'll warn you.

tomatodizzymum Sat 13-Jun-15 21:21:01

"that sort of dog" what were they doing, smoking pot?

There's no help for some people!

AMcoffeeLover Sat 13-Jun-15 22:42:10

Had the most fantastic moment earlier today!
Saw the lady and posh pooch again today, so loudly told my boys "lets go, I don't want you associating with that kind of animal" (referring to the lady grin not the dog) and flounced away. And my staffs flounced too! Noses in the air, tails high and a posh walk! OMG I nearly pissed myself watching them!
Im sure Dogs understand everything that we say and now im convinced they understand humour too!

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 13-Jun-15 22:45:40

How do you give your dogs permission to greet?

bastardspaniel owner

Meowandchoppychops Sat 13-Jun-15 23:32:04

I used to get this in my local park when my lab played with a staffy/pit bull cross that was lovely. Stuck up owners used to pick up their toy breed and tut at us loudly. Horrible people. Don't judge a dog by its breed. It's all about the owner.

CrockedPot Sat 13-Jun-15 23:41:34

I am going to make a confession here...I have no idea why but I am nervous of staffies, and dread seeing one when I am out. I have no idea why, I have never had any bother with one, but my girl, border cross, friendly to all dogs, instinctively lies flat on her belly when she sees one. (I would never be rude, like the op encountered, by the way) but I do try and steer away when I see a staffie when out walking, which I acknowledge is weird! I need to make some staffie friends!

Wolfiefan Sat 13-Jun-15 23:41:36

See now I have a vision of two Staffies wearing smoking jackets and reading PG Wodehouse!
(Disclaimer I may have had a little wine!)
Some people are idiots about Staffies. They aren't my choice of dog but generally seem people loving, soppy, smiling dafties!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 13-Jun-15 23:52:18

I was having a disagreement on fb with someone over something similar.

She had let her off lead dog approach another off lead but under control dog and the owner asked her to call her dog away as his dog was a bit snappy. She was fuming and reckoned he should have his nasty dog on a lead. Everyone was agreeing with her.

I pointed out that if his dog was under control and only snapped if a strange dog came barging up to his then there's no reason to have his dog muzzled. She shouldn't reslly let her dog go racing up to another dog which is walking to heel in a field even if it is off lead.

beavington Sun 14-Jun-15 00:25:12

Viva i have a snappy dog that i keep on a lead. Other dogs come bounding over and nowt i can do to get them away and as my dog has fight or flight with every dog encounter the lead exacerbates the anxiety problem. But the lead is the only way i have full control when other people just let their dogs approach anyone. Not sure what my point was... just ranting about dog owners grin

VivaLeBeaver Sun 14-Jun-15 08:57:59

Yes, I used to keep mine on the lead and it was worse as owners still allowed their dogs over and mine felt even more threatened. He was slightly better off the lead as he knew he could run if he needed to, and he would run rather than fight if possible. But on a lead it was carnage as it would rapidly descend into a dog fight with me in the middle and some muppet cross at me for my nasty dog. hmm

Coffeethrowtrampbitch Sun 14-Jun-15 09:09:48

I got shouted at to keep my dog off by a woman who then physically picked her fat lab off the ground.

My border collie had gone over.to her dog with her tail wagging, and returned to me straight away when I called her. Lab owner announced her dog had been 'terrified' and marched away, still holding it.

I failed to see how my dog and done anything wrong, but clearly I should have know that as her dog was off a lead in public woods it was scared of other dogs.
I also thought picking the dog up when it saw another dog was likely to reinforce the dog's fear.

AMcoffeeLover Sun 14-Jun-15 11:25:43

Exit - first we learnt "stay" and "come" then applied "stay" every time we saw another animals (live near horses and farm animals so very important to stay away from temptation!) Then they they stay still until I give the command to "come" or "greet". To learn greet I'd walk to them, ask them to walk beside me and then say "greet". started saying "greet" before I reached them and got to the point that I could call that they could greet from 15/20 meters away (the max they'll wander away from me). If they charge at the other dog the get called back and put on the lead to greet.
I've been blessed with fast learners who like training so its easy. My old girl was a real cow to train. I think having 2 helps as they want to be better than each other!

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