Post # 1
I appreciate people warning me that their dog isn’t friendly when I’m out for a walk but I’m friendly and so are my dogs and I’m 6-1/2 months pregnant so I’m sorry if I think they should be the ones stepping off the side walk and into the snow bank and not me. Also, I wish they would maybe tell their dogs ‘NO!’ when they growl at us walking by instead of just saying over and over ‘my dog’s not friendly’. I got it and we moved away into the snow bank to let you and your crazy dog pass, not sure what else you want me to do about it.
Sorry for the vent but I’ve had several people do this to me lately and between there being snowbanks off the sidewalk and being pregnant it’s really irritating why misbehavior gets the right of way.
Post # 3
@troubled: Why are they yelling – what good is it going to do, if anything wind their already aggresive dog up even more. I agree they should step out of your way, my dog isn’t always friendly as although he’s big he gets scared of some things inluding Hi-vis jackets so he barks. I step out of people’s way if they have dogs as I know he’ll bark.
edited to add more
Post # 4
My dog is dog aggressive(rescue). I don’t expect others to accomodate her. I cross the street or get out of the way. Or pick her up, she’s small and thinks she can kill a mastiff. I could never imagine yelling at someone to get out of our way. That’s ridiculous. I apologize on behalf of people with crazy dogs 😉
Post # 5
@CatyLady: One of our dogs is a big dog and once in awhile there will be a guy (always a male) he just doesn’t like the looks of and will get in his ‘i’m not sure that I like you’ stance. But even though he’s not barking or growling we still make sure to move away from the person and tell the dog ‘no’, I wouldn’t think to tell the other person to move. I guess I don’t understand why people don’t bother to tell their dogs ‘No’ when they’re barking or growling and instead expect us to move out of their way.
@mwitter80: Thanks, the little dogs don’t bother me much since both of our dogs are a little bigger, they just walk past the feisty attacking little dogs like they’ve swallowed crazy pills. A little dog’s even bitten my dogs before as we’ve walked past on the sidewalk and they didn’t respond except to look down like WTF. It’s the big dogs that worry me a bit more when someones telling me they’re aggressive.
Post # 6
Yeah I hate that too, I have one dog aggressive dog and when I’m walking her we always cross the street or go down a side street until their dog has passed, it’s getting better now that we have been walking her more, but I would never tell someone that my dog wasn’t friendly unless they were attempting to pet her and she was people aggressive (which my dog is not).
Post # 7
@troubled: I totally agree – see my original post – I edited it to explain myself better in that I do move and not yell for the other person to move, as you were. Sorry for not explaing better in the first place. 😉
Post # 8
I have a miniature schnauzer. He is definitely an alpha dog. So he barks and growls and does all kinds of things while we walking. But he’s not aggressive at all. He really just wants to play and won’t shut up until he can! Unfortunately, not everyone understands that his barking/growling is out of desperation to play with a person, dog, anything moving. But as a dog owner, I understand that other people don’t understand. So I ALWAYS reprimand him (he’s getting so much better listening too!) and I am the one who eithers walks the other way or moves off to the side when I pass another person/dog.
I think that is just manners. I used to do the whole “stop” thing and say “no”. But it only exasperated the situation. So what I do now is step onto the grass (or snowing) keep tugging along and say “NO”–“Be a good boy… don’t even”. Baha, we just have a conversation. The fun thing is, most of the dog owners around here know me and my dog’s “problem”. So they just laugh as we walk along. Some days we stop and everyone gets to play–but I don’t like giving into to my dog’s craziness.
That being said, I’m sorry that other people feel they are entitled to the sidewalk with an agressive dog even though YOU’RE pregnant. Geez! I think dog owners need to be more conscious than that. I always err on the safe side when it comes to my dog… and I’m always scratching my head at other owners who don’t err on that side.
Post # 9
Ok sorry my post is so long!
Post # 10
I cant believe the lack of consideration other people have. Been pregnant is hard enough without having to move out of the way of unfriendly dogs.
Post # 11
@kperry3: I actually don’t mind when a dogs barking at us, I get a little worried if the dog is big and it sounds like a growl but if the person says they’re friendly then I usually believe them unless the dogs standing in an aggressive way. Most of the time they just want to play. It’s the owners that freak me out.
Post # 12
Maybe the guy is embarrassed by his dog’s bad behavior! My parents have a Beagle who is not aggressive in any way shape or form but he loses his shit if he sees another dog while he’s out on a walk. All the howling and the pulling and the screaming always made me blush and feel like an asshole. Maybe this guy is experiencing a little bit of that?
Post # 13
Um, no. If you have the problem dog it means you move yourself and your dog out of the way. (I should know, I’ve had one!) That is ridiculous. I’m sorry you’re running into this! Stepping to the side and making them sit-stay is MUCH better than yelling and sending everyone else skittering out of the way!
Post # 14
That’s awful! People really are inconsiderate sometimes.
I’m amazed by the number of complacent dog owners there are. We moved to a new town and our neighbourhood has tons of dogs. So on pretty nearly every walk we cross paths with other dogs/owners and I’ve lost all patience for these people in the short 3 months I’ve been living here.
My dog is a Rott/Shar pei mix and I will admit looks a little intimidating to those not comfortable with dogs. That said… she’s a teddy bear, never barks, doesn’t jump up, never causes a stir. It frustrates me that certain breeds have a stigma and people are afraid of them when everyday I walk by small, medium, or “friendly” breed dogs who can’t behave themselves to save their lives but even more so, owners who don’t take any accountability for the way their dogs are acting or anticipate the behaviour and avoid it! Let alone force poor 6 1/2 month pregnant women to scale snowbanks! Ugh!
Post # 15
It sucks that people are being so inconsiderate. You shouldn’t have to go out of your way to accommodate people who can’t be bothered to raise their pets in a responsible manner.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
Oh gosh. I have to warn people that my dogs are TOO friendly! I don’t take them for walks because they get so overly excited that I just can’t control them. No amount of stern talking or leash snapping will get their attention. I have to literally pick my Boxer up and walk her away if there are children nearby. Otherwise she will lick their ears into oblivion. I think she’ll calm down once she’s older, but I’m sure nobody liked it when I took her out at my old apartment. She’s a beefy girl, all muscle and speed, and she wants to lick your ears more than anything else in this life.
But at least I was always considerate enough to take her into the grass myself when we encountered new people. I’d never make them walk around her and her spaz attacks!