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Old 03-23-2013, 10:56 AM
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Oh, if we are talking about dogs around our dogs like on a walk...hell no. I don't want anything to do with that. My dog always ends up being snarked at. I WILL get on the defensive if it isn't a super happy looking dog. There's a jerk down the street that his dog has been loose a few times and it always trots up, snarks, and my dogs get halfway in a fight with it.

I'm also a fairly good judge of dog 'language' and pretty much subconsciously act accordingly. I do love to say hi to all the dogs.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:06 AM
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Maybe because that's how Mia feels when people are pushy and try to pet her? It seems like you're very, very in tune with her.
I think that's probably part of it. Since getting her, I let the dog start any and all interaction. I won't go pet a dog but if a dog goes up to me, I will pet it.

But I think even before Mia I was not one to go up and pet all over someone else's dogs. I admire them, especially while they are working. I definitely squee all over them in my head (sometimes out loud if it's certain breeds).

It also might be the fact that most the time I run into dogs, I also have my dogs with me and my dogs are dog reactive.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:21 AM
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I only fear or am wary of a dog if that dog gives me reason to be. I work at a boarding kennel and I volunteer for FOHA, so I spend my life interacting with dogs I barely know. Most dogs won't bite you. Most dogs don't want to bite you. I rarely ever get bitten, and when I have it was either a freak accident or the dog is unpredictable and wrong in the head. I was bitten at work two days ago, but that was because one dog was trying to fence fight with the other and my leg happened to be in the way, and I was redirected on. I have a nice bruise now.

Dogs approaching me offleash while I'm walking a dog? NO. Keep your dog the fsck away from mine.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:27 PM
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Obviously we all love dogs (or we wouldn't spend so much time on the internet gushing over them and posting photographs). But I'm curious if anyone else has ever had a fear of dogs.

On a walk with my friend the other day we got charged by a very friendly, well-meaning lab cross. Intellectually, I could see that the dog didn't mean us any harm, but I could feel myself starting to panic. I yelled at it and it immediately turned and lolloped away, back to it's confused and slightly distressed owner. I apologized and explained that I am slightly afraid of dogs (to which he rolled his eyes and said something about that being my problem).

I was bitten badly as a small child by our neighbor's Corsos, but otherwise have always loved dogs...from a distance. Even with friends' dogs, I find myself extremely leery of all but a few. When I dog-sit, I don't touch unless approached, avoid eye-contact, and try my damndest not to get bitten. I jokingly tell people that I don't like dogs that don't like me. On walks or runs, even the sound of dog tags is sometimes enough to make me turn for home.

In all honesty, a few of my dad's hunting dogs used to frighten me, and even as a young adult I never entered the dog runs when others weren't home within earshot.

So the question I'm posing is: How do you feel around other dogs that aren't yours? When they surprise you? When you are relaxing together? What about after you've known them for a while? Is there a way that I can work on my (small) anxieties so that I don't offend everyone on Earth with a dog that really DOES "just want to say hi"?
I love corsos I would love to own one one day.

I fear no dog (I don't mean that in a confrontational or arrogant way ) I just love all dogs but I won't approach someone or their dog unless invited , I just mostly admire from a far.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:41 PM
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I'm not afraid of dogs, but my husband on the other hand...

He's infamously bad with animals. Name an animal, and he's been bitten by it. He was bitten severely on the face as a child by a neighbour's Dobe (pierced his cheek, loads of stitches, dog was destroyed). Ever since then he's been very tense and uneasy around dogs -- though it didn't really dawn on him until recently that this was how his subconscious anxiety was manifesting itself. He tends to grit his teeth while patting dogs, he's too rough with them, and he tends to grab them in a way that dog savvy people would recognize as unsafe. One day it dawned on him that it was all tied to the attack when he was younger.

He figures it's why he prefers small dogs (Mega was his before we married). Their small size is less intimidating, and since they're more fragile it forces him to be more gentle.

He's still bad with Cohen. He grabs her a lot despite it being obvious she doesn't enjoy it, and he's often gritting his teeth when dealing with her. I've given upon trying to get him to relax around animals. It's no wonder animals bite him as often as they do. It's so frustrating.
I couldn't put up with that it would totally screw up Buddy & all the progress I have made with him & it would **** me off.

I would tell him if he can't handle the dog or interact with it my way then don't do it at all! Buddy has issues with men & is learning to trust men thanks to living with Mauricio & boarding with my parents (my dad is a harmless animal loving person but he is over 200lbs, has a beard & is almost 6ft 3 so is very intimidating to some animals) but I had a friend like that & I told him that if he couldn't interact with my dogs my way the best thing he could do is ignore them if they came up to him, soon the dogs, who got nothing from him soon left him alone.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:15 PM
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I don't have a fear of dogs, even dogs that are behaving dangerously, its almost an unnatural-not-fear
But I think dog behavior is very predictable (much unlike humans), and I find that comforting.

BUT I do have a fear of other dogs around my dogs who I don't know, if they look DA
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:39 PM
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Generally no, I am not fearful of dogs. I am certainly fearful of some situations involving Abby and offlead dogs (well, wary is probably the better description).

I think having Abby has made me less inclined to interact with dogs, simply because I am aware of what it's like to have a dog that is socially uneasy. There are occasions, of course, that dogs are so obviously friendly and I'm on my own, so I'll strike up a conversation with the owners and usually say hi to the dog as well.

My personal weakness are the oldies. Sweet, grey faces just make me melt.

If there is a loose dog and I'm by myself, I have no problem interacting with them if I have to (I've reunited a few dogs with their owners) but I'm not getting involved if I have my own with me.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:05 PM
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Typically, no, I'm not fearful of dogs. I am however cautious when it comes to dogs meeting MY dog. I can typically read dog body language pretty well, so I know when to leave, or not allow my dog to greet another, etc.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:00 PM
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When it's just me I'm not fearful unless the dog really gives me a reason to be, and even then it's more caution. I've really only been very wary of a couple of dogs--one was my former landlord's mixed breed and the other was my friend's mom's wolf hybrid. Both dogs had fear aggression, but were really weird and unpredictable about it.

I'm more cautious when I'm with my dogs. Sally is reactive and while Jack is friendly, he would get his butt kicked by an aggressive dog. Last week I had one of the birds at the vet and was in the waiting room with him in the carrier, when another client came out with her dog. This dog was taking an unsettling interest in Solo, and showing some rather predatory body language. Fortunately the owner noticed was on top of it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:49 PM
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Yeah I think that's me too I am more wary of dogs when I have my dogs because of them & I am worried for their safety, not mine, I can defend myself if by myself but when I see an off leash dog & I have my dogs I am immediately vigilant
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