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Old 03-22-2013, 04:38 PM
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Loose dogs can make me a bit uneasy, just because I really don't know the dog or how they're going to react. I've been charged and barked at by loose dogs, and I've had two of my dogs attacked by loose dogs (and one almost redirected onto me), so yeah, if I see a loose dog, I try to avoid it unless it's body language is obviously friendly/relaxed. I wouldn't say it's necessarily a fear, but more that I just don't trust dogs that I don't know well and especially loose ones.

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I'm not afraid of dogs but I don't really want to interact with other people's dogs. Especially just out and about. I live dogs as a whole but just.... Not really my thing to interact with ones I don't know.

Glad to know I'm not the only one! I think sometimes people think I'm afraid of or don't like dogs, which totally is not the case. I'm about as dog obsessed as they come. But for some reason I've just never been one to approach other peoples' dogs or pet them or talk to them. Kind of weird, I guess. But I just prefer interacting with my own dogs or dogs that are owned by friends/dogs I know well.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:40 PM
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If I see a dog out and about while I'm running I tense up. Years ago I changed my running route so I wouldn't have to run by a house with a couple of dogs who (from what I was told by a neighbour) live outside because of the way they charged the fence when I went by. I was afraid they would jump/climb the chainlink fence OR if you can't bite the one you want, bite the one you're with. There was one occurrence when I was out running at the university, I was coming up on another guy who was running the opposite direction (towards me), and there were some vet tech students out pottying one of their patients - and the dog slipped his leash and went after the guy. Luckily the guy froze immediately and the dog got to him and was like "Derr? Why was I charging you?" and they were able to grab him... but it sure didn't help make me less afraid of something similar happening to ME. I know it won't exactly be the dog's fault, but me running is going to engage their chase drive at best and prey drive at worst, and being attacked by a loose dog while out running is one of my biggest fears (almost more than being attacked by a person. I can fight back against a PERSON trying to nab me... a dog in full on maul-you-to-death-mode is a different story...)
There is a house on the corner in my neighbourhood with dobermans and they only have an electric fence. They have been outside while I've been out running a couple times and it flat out TERRIFIES me because I know there's no way that electric fence would stop them if they wanted to get me. I don't see them anymore so I'm not sure if they still have them; if they do they're rarely outside...

Also any dog who comes charging up to mine while we are out on a walk gets me cautious. Auggie has become less tolerant of pushy, rude dogs in his advancing age, and a lot of dogs realize Payton has testicles and decide to try and attack him - and he will fight back if provoked. And Pepper of course is horrified by pretty much everything, strange dogs included. So even if a dog is bouncing up and it's pretty clearly a "YAY I WANT TO SAY HI!" I usually try to stop them from getting in my dog's faces anyway.

That guy sounds like a jerk. No, it's actually NOT your problem that you're afraid of dogs so you yelled at his loose dog; it's HIS problem for not having control of his dog. I wouldn't want my dogs charging anybody even if they LOVE dogs... it's rude and I don't want my dogs to practice rude behaviour.

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:44 PM
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I have my moments, but they are generally the sort of times where it makes sense to be afraid. At one point I had to walk past a group (5 or 6 dogs) of English Mastiffs who were barking and jumping against the fence at me - and I called my mom. Just kept talking as I walked by: "This is where I am and holy cow if these dogs get through this fence and rip me apart this is where my body is..." Just so someone knew what was going on if things went badly. The same group of mastiffs were loose around my car once as well, and I pulled up against a door to the barn, crawled out my passenger door and into the barn door, so they couldn't reach me.

I also am very, very cautious around Asian breeds. When I was teaching training classes, I had a chow that very nearly got me. There was a rescue chow mix that was owned by someone living on the horse farm I used to manage. I was asked to go let her 5 dogs out into their yard one day, and wound up against the wall with one dog resting her teeth on my thigh growling. I was less than a foot from getting through the door, but didn't think I could move my legs without her biting. I finally asked her one nice dog (who was, oddly, a purebred chow) to sit, pretended the paper in my hand was a cookie, and tossed it to the ground. I got through the door when the dogs all went for the "treat". I tend to stay away from all chow types at this point, because my nerves don't help.

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:16 PM
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I'm not afraid unless I have reason to be. In most instances I am probably too trusting. A while ago I had a loose pittie come up while I was walking Juno, and really I was just annoyed more than anything. In general I'm not such a fan of random dogs. Don't really want them approaching me and I don't feel the need to gush over them. Even with other dogs that I know, I like them but I just don't interact with them the same way I would with my own.

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:48 PM
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strange dogs in close spaces. Heck, I'm even cautious taking Hudson's collar off of him when he is already in his crate. He has never, ever given me a reason to think he'd bite or that he would be territorial of his crate. I blame it on working in a vet clinic during my formative years. Then again, rarely had a dog there that was crate aggressive either so there might not be any truth in that.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:09 PM
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:12 PM
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I'm trusting of dogs to a fault. I volunteered at the animal shelter for years, and I was never once even growled at, so I've just sort of assumed that most dogs won't do me any harm.

I will fully admit to being one of those "gush over EVERY DOG" kind of person. I automatically love every dog I ever meet.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Picklepaige View Post
I'm trusting of dogs to a fault. I volunteered at the animal shelter for years, and I was never once even growled at, so I've just sort of assumed that most dogs won't do me any harm.

I will fully admit to being one of those "gush over EVERY DOG" kind of person. I automatically love every dog I ever meet.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:41 PM
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No, I would say that I'm not scared of dogs. However, sometimes I SHOULD be and I'm not. My boyfriends dog, for example, got loose one day, took off down the road and was 'fighting' (the other dog was trying to bite him, he was trying to play) with another dog. I ran out, grabbed Rex (boyfriends dog) and brought him back over to the truck. He didn't jump right in and so I reached down to pick him up. He growled, and instead of being afraid, I just calmly let go of him and waited for BF to come pick him up. Boyfriend was bothered that Rex growled, but I just brushed it off with the fact that he was likely full of adrenaline from running/fighting.

I tend to think they're like my dogs too much, honestly. Like either of my dogs would have been fine with that... That said, when someone warns me a dog is less friendly, I am very smart about just letting the dog decide if it wants to be friends or not.

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:08 PM
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Unless they are actively menacing me, no. As in, I can think of individuals that just gave me a really bad vibe and I have also, like others, changed my running routes to avoid what I consider to be potentially dangerous the two snarling lunging Akitas staked out in their otherwise boundary-less front yard. I did not want to be going past that house the day the lines snapped or the stakes came out of the ground...

But in general, no.

That said I tend to be rather cautious with when I'm out with my dogs, especially Mira. It's amazing how many dogs have "big black dog" as a trigger to be complete idiots, even if Mira is loosey-goosey and looking up at me and completely unaware that the other dog exists. She's be snapped at, lunged at, and menaced more times than I can count, and she's usually facing the other way. THEN the owner says "Oh, my dog doesn't like big black dogs." Well gee, ya think maybe you should have given me a little warning or NOT walked right up to us, then? *headdesk* Webster also tends to have a "kick me" sign, because he just doesn't get dog behavior in general and is a very upright dog to boot.

So while I am not scared of other dogs personally, if I have my dogs with me I do tend to assume people with other dogs are idiots until proven otherwise.

And like others, I really don't have any interest in interacting with random strange dogs. Friends' dogs, sure if I know the dog welcomes it and the handler doesn't care. And if I see puppies out and about clearly socializing and I'm not in a hurry I will often ask if it's okay to say my part to gently socialize the youngsters of the world ... but otherwise I pretty much just go on by without looking their way. There's not really a good reason other than that I just kind of like sticking to myself lol. I mean I adore my car but I don't go up and talk to everyone I see driving one...I adore my minimus but I don't talk to people I see wearing them (on the off chance I even notice)'s kind of the same thing. You're doing your thing, I'm doing mine, and that's just fine by me lol.

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