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People that are afraid of their own dogs.

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Libby, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Libby

    Libby GRCH Dog

    This is such a common thing here. People will have these dogs, I don't care what size or breed they are, and they are so afraid of them its pathetic.

    Today, for example:

    These people brought a dog in to have a mange dip. Big, mixed breed dog. Probably 70lbs. They told the receptionist that he only likes some people and that he bites. So we had them bring him in the back. They were so worried that the dog was going to go ballistic and bite everyone around, and yet when a muzzle was suggested they freaked out and refused.

    But, oh, you can't pull on his leash because he hates his leash. Oh no, don't touch him there, he *hates* it. No no no, you can't lift him like that!

    The entire time, they are baby talking him and telling him how good he is, especially after he growled. They were terrified of touching his head, they wouldn't lift him into the tub, they were afraid of his reaction to water.

    It was really annoying. Especially since this uber-man-killing-vicious beast of a dog walked right up to me and allowed me to pet him with no problems. The dog was a brat because they let him be, and then praised him for the behavior :no2:

    I kept thinking how much easier it would have been if they'd have just dropped him off. It would have taken less than half the amount of time, and I also would have been minus a head ache for the day :lol:

    Granted, they loved the dog...but I simply can't understand how and/or WHY people allow a dog to rule the relationship. The dog was also very nice, but only on his terms. And of course he had great big ol' testicles, which probably really helped him out :rolleyes:


    Oiy.
     
  2. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Some people should really just stick to cats.:D
     
  3. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    These are some of the nitwits that don't understand a dog is a dog and needs structure and discipline to be happy, they think letting it do whatever it wants is what it needs to be happy (or that's how they convince themselves that they love him, we could argue that one all day).

    But he's a GOOD dog...

    Maybe he is a good dog, but from your description his behavior for them does not meet my criteria for a good dog. Lets call him a dog with potential. :)

    Guaranteed if my dog growled at me "good girl" is not the phrase she'd be hearing.

    You know, the dog can tell if a person has a clue or not. Apparently he knew you did and they didn't.

    Apparently neither one of them have a pair :lol:
     
  4. Totally!

    People like this probably really DO love their dog, but they've never done the work to understand that dogs ARE NOT PEOPLE, and that discipline isn't "mean", it's actually the most loving thing you can do for your dog.

    The sad thing is that they aren't abusive owners, they're clearly trying to care for the dog, but they'd probably recoil in absolute horror if someone suggested that they were improperly caring for their dog.

    They probably also don't realize that "discipline" doesn't have to mean hitting your dog or jerking it around on a leash--that it could be as simple as asking for a "sit" every time you give Fido his meals, or making sure that he's not up on the couch unless he's invited.

    I am very much a believer in positive training methods, but I also have absolutely no qualms about providing some VERY negative reinforcement if a dog was to pull a stunt like that. My dog today is very stable and I think he'd sooner learn to dance the rhumba than growl aggressively at me, but if he did he'd find my boot pretty far up his a$$.

    I dunno...maybe find a trainer in your area that uses mostly positive methods (so they're not turned off--Koehler methods probably would freak them out!) and have some brochures that you could hand out, with some gentle urging?
     
  5. WackyJacki

    WackyJacki Little Dog

    I worked as a groomer as well and unfortunately you run into an array of people with a lot of love... and not a lot of common sense or dog knowledge lol. It can be hard to keep your cool and bite your tongue... *sigh*
     
  6. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    :lol: Cats are so worse like that! Mine are jerks and I don't let them get away with crap. I love the evilness that is cats. :D
     
  7. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    i used to work for a vet, so sadly I can relate, most of the time when peoples dogs attempt or actually bite people, they just look at them like 'uh what happened?' :no2: Or they will be like 'ooh fluffy dont do that, thats not nice.' Yea no shit, you think? Once my dog got pretty nasty with a vet I used to work with that would tease him and the vet hated him cause he barked while in the kennels (whats he expect for teasing him?), but I still pinned him by the ear, made him yipe and told him to knock it the fuck off now. But the vet had a look of fear in his eyes! I told one lady once with a severely HA pit bull (one of the very few I ever met HA) to not allow her dog near me as I was going to show her something in the store since it has already tried to eat me once, but she still left slack at the end of the leash and it almost ate me hand, all I did was give her a nasty look and said 'I can't believe you bred that dog!' And the woman just looked utterly clueless. :no2:
     
  8. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    And I hope they don't have kids!
     
  9. SineadsMom

    SineadsMom Big Dog

    Yep, my dog, Mick, does get fear aggressive with the vet (only while he's being worked on, he's perfectly fine with everyone before & after). Therefore, Mick walks into the vet office already wearing his muzzle. The vet ALWAYS thanks me, because she says I'm one of the very few dog owners that realizes that my dog will indeed do his best to bite the vet, and I don't want that to happen.
     
  10. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog


    You know they're bound to have at least one rugrat running around... stupid people breed like rabbits.:lol:
     
  11. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    Idiots!

    Bunny huggers afraid to train and correct there "baby". What an irritant I can't stand people who treat there dogs like babies and refuse to correct. No wonder the dog is aggressive they never trained him any managers or what was from right or wrong. Yep lets reward him for growling and let him push us around when trying to muzzle him. Really smart.

    Then you get those ones that the vet with a terrible aggressive dog and they say "she wouldn't hurt a fly, she doesn't need a muzzle" when the dog is about to take your head off. At least these people admitted the dog was aggressive, but its still not an excuse of there ignorance.
     
  12. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I got lucky with my cat. She was raised by ferrets, so she doesn't really act like a cat (good thing ferrets poop in litter boxes too!)


    Here's Toilet Cat when she was younger, taking a nap with her ferret daddy Steve after destroying the bathroom together.

    [​IMG]

    Also, her pupils are always dilated. Her pupils have never been cat like a day in her life.
     
  13. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    i used to have ferrets, i love em. man they have tough skin, my vet had to push so hard to vaccinate them to get the needle thru!
     
  14. pitbullsareteddies

    pitbullsareteddies Big Dog Premium Member

    Haha.. meet "Ferret," my cat that was also raised in a ferret cage with ferrets.. lol. She loved the tunnels, EVERYTHING. And she's still a weirdo!
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Yes, yes, YES! I totally spoil all my critters. They eat better than me, go to the vet more often than I go to the doctor, and basically live the life of Riley. But even the damn CATS know that if I say it's time to get off the bed, it's time to get off the bed. People regularly are shocked at how well our dog behaves when he sits at streetcorners, waits to greet strangers, etc., etc., but to me that's just basic manners. I don't understand how anyone can think that a stressed, yappy, snapping dog is somehow "happier" than a dog that knows its place.
     
  16. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    I always thought a happy dog was the one stretched out in the sun just laying there quietly sniffing the different scents on the breeze and waiting for its owner to finish up whatever he or she is doing.

    So stressed out, yappy and snapping is the new "happy dog" huh? Guess we don't know much about dogs then :lol:

    I agree with what you said.
     
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  17. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Same here. Liberty gets 25mg of ace and a muzzle, that I bring myself. She's mostly a jerk for her nail trims. She's fine for her PE and vax, but nail trims are literally the worst thing in the world for her. Because of her, I did everything possible with Lily to maximize her handleability. The vet is literally her favorite place in the world, and you can do anything to her with her tail wagging.

    I HATE HATE HATE when owners try to help. Where I used to work and where I work now, if a dog/cat is too aggressive to handle 'nicely' in front of the owner, we take it to the back and do what needs to be done.
    Owners don't know what their doing, for the most part, and that can cause a danger to everyone in the room. That's why a lot of vets don't let the owner hold their own animal. It may look easy, but many people don't know that it actually DOES take skill to hold a 60lb dog that's unhappy about a blood draw, or a crazy cat trying to do nails. You've got owners holding the dog's head while it's growling at you. That's a recipe for disaster for everyone. Let me get a muzzle on his face and a choke hold on him and no one will get bit.
    Sorry for the rant, but I've been in bad situations with owners trying to help, and I just want to scream "get your hands off your dog before he takes your face off!". :rolleyes:
     
  18. I have buddy that's in mid 40's and he is and was afraid plenty of his dogs the most recent case was a bandog he bred alahpaha blue blood bulldog and presa canario cross that dog gave him plenty trips to the ER.
     
  19. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    Haha I am with you on that. Dogs definitely eat better and get better medical care than anyone in the family. They are treated very well, but they know there place and are treated for what they are dogs. They do not disrespect humans that in unacceptable in my house.
     
  20. xdogs

    xdogs Good Dog

    I can beat that.. we had a ghetto family come in with their muzzled APBT (not a pretty one.. quite low riding thing) who was in labor and was unable to give birth. The dog could hardly breath. About 4 - 5 people in the room. The dog is laying down in the middle of the room. We go to put a slip lead on her to take her into X-ray and the dog gets up with a jump.. and the whole room hit the walls.. I think one of them actually jumped onto the bench..

    and you needed to breed this dog... why?
     

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