Ok, Dogs Love Me"
many times do people walk into our dogs space without asking? They may
love dogs, probably most dogs they have been lucky to have met or owned
have been well balanced and well socialised.
advise many people how to deal with unwanted approaches when they are
re-habilitating a dog with issues. I now have one of my own, Malic,
and I am personally experiencing for the first time, life with an unpredictable
dog with issues. Trouble is, he is such an adorable looking dog, which
He is scared of Men! I always warn people not to approach, to let him
come to them etc. etc. Most listen, but I get " I love dogs and
they love me!" "I have dogs at home, I am used to them"
"I have worked with police dogs for years!" !!! Malic doesn't
week after having a close shave at a Music Festival with Hubby and dogs.
I bought a muzzle, really just to keep people at a distance, to think
twice about approaching.
incident in question, on the first day, and bearing in mind Malic was
coping wonderfully with the crowds, music etc. a gentleman came up to
say hello, I told him not to approach, he replies, "it's ok dogs
love me, I have a labradoodle at home", he crouched down, Malic
approached, all was well, Malic made a fuss of him, we chatted for a
while. I rewarded Malic well for his encounter. The next day, while
standing and watching a band, I heard a voice behind me "Hello,
it's you again" turned to see this same gentleman approaching at
speed, Woof!!! Snap!!! Malic Lunged and nipped his hand. Luckily Malic
has a very soft mouth, he has to get Cleo to soften his chews before
he eats them. The gentleman in question apologised, said " it was
entirely his fault and stated that I had warned him yesterday"
I replied "that it was lucky it was him."
had no more incidents for the rest of the weekend.
remember that in the dog world there is social ettiquette, it is impolite
to march straight into another dogs space without careful and steady
approach and if dogs do not learn very early on that most encounters
are good ones with carefully handled socialisation then they may be
fearful and will use the only tools that they have to put distance between
the aggressor and them.
care and keep safe!
Susan C Fryer 24th September 2010