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Old 02-04-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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are any of you over-protective with your dog? I'm not passing judgement on anyone that is, just curious why some dog owners are this way. I ask because I do occasionally meet individuals who are incredibly protective of their dog to the point where they might as well keep them confined at home. I actually find it a little disheartening because all dogs need to socialize and I think it's important for dog owners to learn and understand dog behavior. I know there are cases where a dog might be better off alone, especially if he/she has a history of aggressive behavior, but I do think interaction with dogs is a positive thing.

For example, my wife was telling me of a time when she was at the dog park and she ran into our reverend from church. the reverend brought her poodle to the dog park and of course, our dog immediately started chasing each other and wrestling - typical dog play. the reverend seemed stressed out by this at which point my wife assured her that it was harmless play. yesterday, I ran into a women walking her Blue Heeler in my neighborhood. My dog started whimpering as we approached her - he whimpers when he wants to meet other dogs. of course, my dog immediately wants to play with this woman's dog but we both just kept our dogs separated for the time being. As I was talking to her she relayed to me her fears of bringing her dog to the dog park and that she was afraid other dogs would attack her dog. I told her that the 99.9% of the dogs at dog parks are harmless and they all play with each other. Yes, there is the occasional aggressive dog that rears its head but it's no reason to keep your dog at home.

so what do you think? I can be over-protective at times too, but in my case, it's about letting others dog-sit for us that worries me. our dog has a tendency to destroy things and he'll eat anything, so the thought of someone dog-sitting for me stresses me out.

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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It's so true you have to have socialisation skills in place and good dog etique Nipper for years now only gets to meet other dogs when I have asked politley if the approaching owner and their dog(s) ae ok and friendly only then is Nipper released by the command 'Go and say hello'
she approaches other dogs nice and is often submissive too Even then I keep a close eye on the play and if at any time Nipper's ears go back then she is removed from a possible fight that could break out! Nipper
will always be allowed to socialise even though she is now over 4 years old as socialisation should never stop unless circumstances tell me other wise and even then I would want to be sure it was not Nippers fault If it's the other dogs fault then the dog in question is given a wide berth along with it's misguided owner it's as simple as that
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Lucy has demonstrated time and again that even though her tail is wagging she is not 'socialized'. If she could see the same dog many times on the other side of a fence and race up and down with them. Her style of play. She would be okay.
One time the last place we lived the gate was left open and she when around to where this dog lived. She didn't get too close. Was just watching the other dog. I think if we could have got them together unleashed in a yard they would have been okay.
But we never had another opportunity.
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And yes in some ways I can be over protective towards Nipper especialy when you get stupid owners saying it's ok my dog is only playing when their dog trys it on Nipper and Nipper shows the other dog by her body laungage that it's not acceptable then owner is then asked to keep their dog under control if that doesn't happen then we move on to pastures new
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I've seen people who are over protective of their dogs. I'm not quite sure what they are afraid of, but I too, wonder why they even bother going on walks. Mostly I've seen it with small dogs, not so much larger ones. I've seen people pick up the little dog when another dog approaches, which defeats the purpose. The poor little dog gets no socialization, and now it's owner is teaching it to be afraid of other dogs and people.

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I've seen people who are over protective of their dogs. I'm not quite sure what they are afraid of, but I too, wonder why they even bother going on walks. Mostly I've seen it with small dogs, not so much larger ones. I've seen people pick up the little dog when another dog approaches, which defeats the purpose. The poor little dog gets no socialization, and now it's owner is teaching it to be afraid of other dogs and people.
you aren't alone on this I have seen this quite a few times and it beggars belief it will certain cause big problems later on down the line Not good atall!
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I think it is important to keep an open mind and try to withhold assumptions about how people act with their dog in public as there could very likely be sound reasons for how they handle them. I do not permit strange dogs to approach Chessie and someone who doesn't know her or me might well assume I am being overprotective with her when, in fact, that protection is necessary. One bump from a dog attempting to play could knock her over and any attempt at rough play could do permanent damage, one of several reasons I do not take her to dog parks .She is, however, as entitled to go on walks and out in public as any other dog and I don't think that every outing needs to be an opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
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I think it is important to keep an open mind and try to withhold assumptions about how people act with their dog in public as there could very likely be sound reasons for how they handle them. I do not permit strange dogs to approach Chessie and someone who doesn't know her or me might well assume I am being overprotective with her when, in fact, that protection is necessary. One bump from a dog attempting to play could knock her over and any attempt at rough play could do permanent damage, one of several reasons I do not take her to dog parks .She is, however, as entitled to go on walks and out in public as any other dog and I don't think that every outing needs to be an opportunity to socialize with other dogs.

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Hold on a second. How do you know whether or not the dog being protected from being approached, is dog aggressive? Maybe I keep my dog on a lead (a visibly marked lead, incidentally, to indicate that she cannot be approached) and prevented from greeting another dog, because she is unable to socialise due to fear - maybe I try to avoid other people and dogs as much as possible, but I'm forced to have to pass you on a path occasionally?

And perhaps, when your dog still rushes towards mine, I pick her up so SHE won't attack YOUR DOG???? I don't like it, I don't enjoy it, and we both find the whole process highly stressful, so you're right, I don't know why I bother going on walks either.

Next time I might just let her off the lead. She'll be free to attack your dog when it innocently approaches her, and perhaps puncture its face or throat or ear, and then you'll be upset that my dog has hurt yours. Maybe your dog will retaliate, start a fight and kill her. But hey, she died being "socialised" so that's all right.

Just because my dog looks small and cute, doesn't mean she doesn't have issues caused by disastrous early socialisation, and by other dogs attacking her in the past. Don't judge me as overprotective, when I'm really trying to protect you.



Edit - cross-posted with JGLI. Thank you Janice. I'm shaking with righteous indignation!! Nothing personal everyone, I'll get over it.

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Janice in hindsight though it can't do any harm to socialise daily but if there are no dogs about fine if not I encourage Nipper to be a dog and have fun with other like minded dogs on my terms nothing wrong with that
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