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to think that dog owners shouldnt assume that everyone else is a dog lover?

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urtwistingmymelonman · 21/06/2013 06:15

when I bump into you in the park I don't want to have a soggy nose repeatedly pushed into my crotch.
when I come to your house for a cuppa I would prefer it if your doggy didn't keep trying to hump my leg.
and when im 17 weeks preggers I don't want a bloody great german shepherd jumping up at me pawing at me with his claws as if hes trying to bury a bone in me!
don't get me wrong,i like dogs and I think anyone who mistreats or neglects them should be hung,drawn and quartered but aibu to think that when this sort of behaviour is displayed said fluffball should be pulled of instead of doting owner giggling and rolling eyes at me in an isn't he adorable kind of fashion?

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OneMoreChap · 21/06/2013 12:15

I've got friends who like dogs, friends who don't.

I see the friends who don't not in our house. I'm unsure what the issue is. I have a friend who allows his dog onto the table to eat off his plate.

Him? I meet in the pub, as I can't bear what he's doing to the dog.

KatyTheCleaningLady · 21/06/2013 12:16

Try what, Kittens? Rabbit meat? Already did. Was tasty, but not worth £1000.

I like rosh. I want to be friends with her. We will both smell good together.

(Not all dogs are smelly. I clean houses where you can't even tell a dog lives there. I also spent an hour repeatedly mopping a floor yesterday - three buckets of mop water and two flat dry mops - and they still weren't clean in the end.)

Aetae · 21/06/2013 12:17

So. Some people don't like dogs. Fine. Some dogs are badly behaved, which is Not A Good Thing. Fine. Some dogs are well-behaved but non-dog people sometimes misinterpret friendly dog behaviour or just don't like it. Fine. some dog owners are inconsiderate cunts. Fine. Some dog owners are the soul of courtesy. Fine. Some doggy houses smell, some do not. Fine.

For some reason some of these points are perceived as all-enc

And everyone wants a good fight today!

Aetae · 21/06/2013 12:18

I'm giving up. Stupid phone keeps posting too soon!

KittensoftPuppydog · 21/06/2013 12:20

Yes, aetae, a bit addictive. Must do something more useful but kind of enjoying it.

LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 12:30

Try what, Kittens? Rabbit meat? Already did. Was tasty, but not worth £1000

Not that keen on the taste myself, to 'gamey', but pretty much lived on it growing up (poor household).

Couldn't not pay for the rabbits/treatments etc. We took them on, therefore they are our responsibility - no matter how much they cost. Admittedly would have preferred it if if hadn't happened within weeks of having them - nor on Xmas Eve resulting in a call out, emergency op and collection on Xmas Day Shock

Bloody things.

Well, they are good playmates for MuttDog now if nothing else...

KatyTheCleaningLady · 21/06/2013 12:30

I'm sure they're lovely to snuggle. Smile

KittensoftPuppydog · 21/06/2013 12:34

Not the rabbit tasting, the dog kicking.

CrowsLanding · 21/06/2013 12:44

YANBU Op. My Dp has just called to say he has walked off a job after being bitten by a dog. Dp is mobile with his work and most customers have the common curtesy of keeping dogs out of the way whilst he gets on with his work. (he works outside btw).

Unfortunately this inconsiderate dog owner let her dog bite my dp not once or twice but three times befor dp reacted and hit it, I dont blame him at all for protecting himself from a big german shephard which bit him on the back when he was laid down on the ground.

Then the customer tells him 'he should not be in his line of work if he doesnt like animals' No apologies just excuses that its a puppy and is only playing. Playing to me is throwing a ball not ripping dp's sleeve with its teeth or standing over/biting him when he is laid on the ground with his back turned.

Dp DOES like animals just not the type that tries to take chunks out of him.

I have never known dp to ever walk out of a job in all the time Ive known him.

So again OP YANBU :)

KatyTheCleaningLady · 21/06/2013 12:44

If a dog jumps on me, why can't I kick it off me?

I haven't done so, although I considered it that one time the dog was actually biting me. But, I think people who profess to care about their dogs should keep it away from harm. If that stupid little dog had been biting my child, I would have killed it with my bare hands.

OneMoreChap · 21/06/2013 12:49

Puppies can gnaw/nibble.
Their "play" can draw blood with needle like teeth.

WHY would anyone inflict that on a tradesman?

Wallison · 21/06/2013 12:57

I don't know why anyone would have a dog full stop. They bite, they shit and they smell. Why would you want that in your house? It's a fucking animal. And in my experience, the kind of people who go around saying that they prefer animals to people are generally borderline sociopath and incapable of getting on with said people.

OneMoreChap · 21/06/2013 13:01

I don't know why anyone would have a dog full stop. They bite, they shit and they smell.

I suspect that your bridge is that way ->

Bite shit and smell - just like kids then... Wink

I have them because they are fun to play with, take on walks and I like them.

I suspect I might prefer them to those who trit trot on to threads to be "amusing".

I like animals, some I fuss; some I eat.

Good job we're not all the same.

HazleNutt · 21/06/2013 13:02

Interesting you mention sociopaths. One of the common traits of serial killers is that they hated and abused animals..

Wallison · 21/06/2013 13:13

Dog bites account for 6,000 children every year requiring hospital treatment, doubtless while their useless owners look on fondly and say things like "He's only playing" and "Love me, love my dog." If wild animals were responsible for this kind of carnage, there would be widespread calls for a cull. Dogs are dangerous, smelly and unhygienic. They have fleas and worms and they lick their arses before slobbering all over your face, hands and clothes. Other countries look askance at us for allowing them into houses at all, much less requiring tradesmen and other visitors to put up with their fond 'attentions'.

LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 13:15

Dog bites account for 6,000 children every year requiring hospital treatment

Where? In UK, England, the world?

gamerchick · 21/06/2013 13:16

Lovely contrast to the lizard thread yesterday where making bags and pretending power cuts was perfectly acceptable. Grin

Pets are pets, some people love them and some don't. I can't stand dogs (or cats) no bad experiences.. Just don't get along with them. Nor do o abuse them..many a time I've had the opportunity to boot a cat up the arse after it's shit on the garden, but i haven't. Dogs mostly get ignored if im visiting somebody.

Wallison · 21/06/2013 13:16


imnotmymum · 21/06/2013 13:18

Even if we have a dog...drives me crazy mu dog happily strolling along Bozo bounds up"He just wants to play" Well my dog bloody doesn't so shove off.

KittensoftPuppydog · 21/06/2013 13:19

Interesting figure, wallison, where did you get it from?
Human beings are far more dangerous.
I think that the overreaction and baiting on this thread is driven by people who are ashamed of their hatred and know that it would provoke a very negative reaction in rl.

Bunbaker · 21/06/2013 13:21

This is from the Guardian and probably refers to the UK. And this is the link in the article.

SelectAUserName · 21/06/2013 13:22

Gosh, looks like I picked the wrong day to sign up to Mumsnet! Grin

I love dogs, and have one. But I love him because he is a dog, not a small furry human, and behaves like a dog. I think it's innately disrespectful to an animal to view it as anything other than it is.

If a visitor comes to my house for the first time I will warn them that we have a cautious dog who can growl (we took him on as an older rescue so he has a lot of issues) and are they okay with that? If they are in my house in a professional capacity, e.g. a workman or similar I will keep him in another room with me to let them get on in peace. I won't shut him away as he will whine and bark - he was abandoned in a caravan before we rehomed him so he has separateion anxiety and wouldn't understand why he was being "punished". Practically the first things we taught him were the commands "off" combined with pointing which makes him move back, and "bed" which - quelle surprise - makes him get in his bed.

It's not rocket science to be able to tell whether a vistor is receptive to your dog's approach or not, you just need to be able to read basic body language. If someone ignores a dog on entry, moves their legs away or folds their arms or half-turns their body when it moves towards them, doesn't speak to it or acknowledge it then I'd assume they aren't a dog-lover and make sure it didn't bother them. If they seem pleased to see it, speak to it, start talking about their old childhood dog etc, I'd assume they're fine with it so long as it was well-behaved. Much as I love dogs I don't like being licked in the face / nosed in the crotch / humped on the leg / pawed unexpectedly on the arm so I don't expect my visitors to like it either, and my dogs have always been trained accordingly.

LtEveDallas · 21/06/2013 13:23

6000 dog bites a year in UK.

From 8.3 MILLION dogs (figures from 2011)

70% of those dog bites were family members being bitten in their own homes by the family pet.

Less than 2% of those dog bites needed a hospital stay... hospital treatment figures included those people who have never had tetnus jabs, and therefore required them, not just those that needed actual treatment.

But anyway, you aren't interested in hearing that are you?

HazleNutt · 21/06/2013 13:23

"Injuries sustained from dog strikes or bites resulted in nearly 6,500 hospital admissions in England last year - with children under 10 accounting for around one in every six admissions"

So not 6000 children.

SelectAUserName · 21/06/2013 13:24


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