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Today was actually a pretty good day for my puppy in terms of his outing at the city centre. We go to the city every Saturday (and every holiday I get) to socialise him to crowds and different noises he is not usually exposed to out here in the suburb. So on the train today he was just minding his own business by chewing on his bone. Then this stafford dog comes onto the train right in front of my dog. I had no where to go because I was sitting at the end of the train. Obviously, they try to sniff each other's nose but I knew things were going south when they started barking their heads of at each other due to the close distance. My puppy doesn't usually bark at other dogs unless they are too close to him so we have been working on desensitisation for the past 4 months. He is able to lie down ready for a game of fetch every time he sees a dog walking in the distance towards him now but he still gets too excited when a dog is in his face.

So I try to redirect him as soon as they start sniffing. The ball always gets him to refocus so we start doing basic training such as sit, down, hi five, turn around, crawl etc which he does perfectly. But the other dog continues to bark and whine which causes my puppy to want to go up to him again. Again, I try my best to redirect my dog and put in some space between them but the other dog owner just stands there without giving the dogs some distance. He then starts insulting me, telling me that I should control my dog to which I refuted and said that I was obviously trying my best but he is still a 7 months old puppy. He says that "you should try harder" which gets me even more furious. Meanwhile his dog is barking and lunging like mad while my puppy is trying his best to stay focused on our game but constantly gets distracted by his dog so they continue barking at each other. I was so angry at the dog owner. I think he got the idea and finally moved onto the other side of the carriage.

My dog starts getting more focused and calmed until his dog starts barking like mad again. He finally decided to change carriages altogether, and from then on, my puppy behaved perfectly for the whole day. The most embarrassing thing was that other passengers were taking videos while this was all going on - at least they recorded how clever my puppy was while doing all the tricks while the other dog goes insane. I just can't believe how hypocritical, ignorant and rude some dog owners are - quick to blame others when they can't even control their own dog in the public. Sorry this is a long post but just had to get this off my chest ...some negative experience with not only non-dog owners but now irresponsible dog owners too :mad:
 

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It's really sad, but I have come to expect the worse from other dog owners in my lifetime of being a dog owner. The majority of people are just ignorant. It makes me kinda glad I'm not a parent, as if other dog owners are this bad, I can't imagine what its like having a child and having to deal with the same kinds of issues involving other parents. ugh. Thank god for the internet so we can find 'kindred spirits' to talk to.

i drove by a young woman with a young dobie yesterday on my way home from work. she was trying to redirect it from a dog across the street and was attempting to get it to sit and focus its attention on a treat before they crossed at the red light. Some jackass rolls down his window and yelled at her "leave yer f***ing dog alone!" She looked like she was going to cry. I was so pissed. People are awful.
 

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I would have just told the guy with the dog, in all flat out seriousness, to get as far from me as possible. I sure wouldn't wait for him to figure out that the look in my eyes was anger....some people are dense that way and never do figure stuff like that out. Words though...usually sink in real quick.

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Ugh, irresponsible dog owners drive me nuts.:eyeroll: There's this yorkie that lives in my neighborhood, and he is crazy. Everytime I walk my greyhound by him (who is basically a gentle giant) he lies down, almost submissively, then starts growling. Jordy doesn't even get close to him, yet this little dog lunges for his you-know-whats. It is literally the weirdest thing. I'm at the point where I cross the street when I see this dog and his owner walk by. The worst part is, the owner just laughs it off. Not only that, but when the dog craps in someone's yard, he just leaves it there. Its crazy. :mad:
 

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Ugh, irresponsible dog owners drive me nuts.:eyeroll: There's this yorkie that lives in my neighborhood, and he is crazy. Everytime I walk my greyhound by him (who is basically a gentle giant) he lies down, almost submissively, then starts growling. Jordy doesn't even get close to him, yet this little dog lunges for his you-know-whats. It is literally the weirdest thing. I'm at the point where I cross the street when I see this dog and his owner walk by. The worst part is, the owner just laughs it off. Not only that, but when the dog craps in someone's yard, he just leaves it there. Its crazy. :mad:
It's always "funny" when it is a small dog. I feel bad for good small dog owners with well-behaved dogs because more often than not, they get away with a lot.
 

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Agree small dogs usually get a laugh when misbehaving. Not the case with bigger dogs but I do understand the reasoning. Kind of the same with kids as they get older.

As far as my experience with other dog owners it has been great. I really just go to the park to socialize my pup and excersize him. Most people have been awesome about letting my dog meet them and a few you could tell right away they are not up for it. Which is fine too. I just keep it moving and usually Cooper just plops down like you are not going to let me say hi. Haha. Then moves on.
@TerrierMom wow why would anyone do that to someone? I make my dog sit at every corner too. He gets a treat for it so I wouldnt consider it a bad thing. Awful
 

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I had a guy today who walked up to Bandit and Molly when I was taking them potty and tried to give them a milk-bone. I tried explaining to him that I had treats he could give them if he liked but Molly cannot have most types of treats and he completely ignored me. With Molly's dietary issues I was really uncomfortable with her eating one and I knew my parent's would flip if they found out I had let a stranger give her a treat. Luckily (I guess) Bandit swooped in and ate her treat before she could. ( I'll fix that behavior I promise lol). I thought it was so rude that he completely ignored me and then while I was trying to leave with them he pulled another milk-bone out of his pocket and fed it to her! I didn't even want Bandit eating them but it's at least safer for him.
 

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My groomer is at my vet's office. When I went in this afternoon to pick up my dog from the groomer, there was this enormous mix with his owners in the waiting room--some sort of hound/Shetland pony cross, I guess. He whined and did a play bow when he saw my dog, but the owners had him under control and I put my dog on a sit-stay while I paid my bill, and he kept his eyes on me and ignored the other dog, who continued to whine and try to get his attention. He also ignored the people who walked past and around him. While I was waiting for change, another guy came in with a chocolate lab on much too long a lead, and he proceeded to let him dog come bounding up to mine. Mine held his stay, but because he's much smaller than the lab who obviously wanted to leap all over him (not viciously, but still...), he clearly wasn't thrilled about being on a four foot lead and basically at the mercy of the other, much larger dog who wasn't being controlled at all. I blocked the other dog from reaching my dog and then went around to the other side of the desk with my dog to wait for my change. When I got it, I walked to the other end of the clinic and walked out the far door, just to avoid having to go near the loopy lab. Again, he wasn't acting as if he would attack my dog, but given the size differential, he could have easily knocked mine over, even in only in play, and I did not want to deal with the possibility of leashes getting entangled etc. Meanwhile, the lab's owner is smiling and acting like it's a big joke that my dog, whom I bothered to train, is having to be moved away from his goofball, who clearly doesn't know sit--and guess who's responsible for that. Certainly not the dog himself.

BTW, I also had a vet tech who heard me tell my dog to stay that he'd taken his dog to training class and was told there that sit implies stay, so if your dog is trained, you shouldn't have to say stay. Seriously? My dog sat and stayed. The other two much larger dogs clearly didn't understand any commands, period, and mine isn't behaving because he has to be told to stay once he sits on command? I told him that I'd just helped test TDI dogs (which is true--there was a test last Saturday) and everyone there stayed their dogs before walking away from them on a long sit-stay and a long down-stay. It's not that I think that my dog is the most perfectly behaved dog on the planet (I'm not delusional), but honestly, I was the only one in the room with a dog trained in even basic commands, and I'm the one who gets lectured? Good grief.
 

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I had something similar happen at the vets office. I was there with Jules for her ears again and she hates it! So she is pretty much stressed the whole time. She does not stray far from me but I still keep her right by me. Another owner came in with a little Weiner dog who was also clearly stressed. His owners kept him on their lap and we sat their comforting our dogs with no problems. Then walks in another lady with her little ball of fluff on a retractable leash. The owner starts chatting with all of us while her dog wanders around. Her dog walks right up and gets all up in Jules business. Jules is not interested and jumps up into my lap to get away(she's 75lbs! Lol). So the little ball of fluff goes walking over to the little Weiner dog and jumps up into his face. The Weiner dog snaps at the other dog and gets her good on the muzzle and under the eye! The owners of the Weiner dog apologizes but the other lady gets upset and tells them to control their dog!!���� I was like ummm you are the one letting your dog get up in the other dogs business! I just couldn't believe this woman! I mean if that had been Jules who snapped at her dog she would of done a ton of damage! The vet is not the place for meet and greets with dogs!
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How about rude cat owners? A cat keeps crapping at the side of our house where I take the dogs to pee, and of course they eat it, usually at night when I can't see its there. I wish people would keep cats inside. I love wild birds too and they just kill them for fun :(.
 

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I hadn't thought about this before, but the guy with the lab had no idea if I'd come out of the grooming area or the exam area (well, except that my dog had that freshly groomed appearance). I should have said, "I wouldn't let your dog so close to mine if I were you. He might be contagious." Maybe that would have got him to control his lab. And I suppose there's an extraordinarily slight possibility that my healthy dog could be contagious, since no animal is ever perfect and thus never perfectly healthy.
 
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