|Barked: Sun Apr 21, '13 11:34pm PST |
|Onyx gets kind of a double whammy because he's a "dangerous" breed and he's an all black dog, so even people who aren't afraid of dogs in general often avoid him. I definitely get comments/questions with him I never got with my Golden Retrievers (Is he dangerous?, Does he bite?, ect.). Even other German Shepherd owners have told me they find him intimidating; that's how apparently terrifying he is.
Most of the people I've seen that, as far as I could tell, seemed to be afraid of all dogs have been children. I have wondered how much of that fear was created by their parents telling them to avoid dogs like the plague. It's like the opposite of the parents that encourage their child to run up and pet every dog they see.
If possible, I always put him on my far side when passing people in close proximity, just in case they don't want a large, unfamiliar dog within biting distance. Beyond that, I don't particularly consider it my problem if people are scared of him. If I'm in a public space that allows dogs and my dog is leashed, behaved, under control, and ignoring them, there's not much more I can do to alleviate their fears.
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