|Barked: Mon Apr 22, '13 4:35pm PST |
|I generally try to be as courteous and nice about it as possible. I don't let my dogs go jumping on random people, or waltzing up to them, and I keep them on the opposite side and in a tight heel when passing other people.
I have a tendency to be very respectful of phobias. Many are irrational, many have a reason behind them. Being the owner of a snake, many MANY people avoid my house(or whatever room I keep him in), and they generally respect that I'm responsible enough to have never had an escape, or any issues with him before. I've had him for three years, keep him in my bedroom, and he's never escaped, nor has he ever bitten anyone. He's also fairly small(not that that does much to deter people).
However... I'm with Kato... If it's over the top and freaking out my dog... I'm a little less likely to be polite. I understand wanting to have the dog kept away, maybe a startled scream, and keeping distance... But outright harassing my dog, or outright taunting him despite your fear, is when I generally draw the line. Granted, I'm also very picky about who I allow to interact with my dogs.
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