|Barked: Fri Jul 26, '13 11:24pm PST |
|Grah that sounds so frustrating! I have friends/family that tend to be the same way. Actually... My mother and siblings learned A LOT from me about canine body language, and where many years ago my mother would have got rid of a dog for growling at a child, she now understands that if her dog growls at my younger sister, it's time to separate them and step in for him and make sure she isn't harassing him. She learned from me that it's her dogs only ways of communicating and speaking up for himself, and that it's not him being aggressive. She has likely avoided many bites up to now, as my younger sister will go up to and harass her dog and my mom now steps in and advocates for him.
That said... I have a friend who was trying to tell me that Charlie was trying to be 'dominant' with me, and 'alpha' when he stepped into my lap while I was sitting on the floor. ANYONE who knows dogs would have IMMEDIATELY seen that with me having already been massaging and petting him, he was getting closer and leaning into me for more.
I know many people who used to have the mindset of "If I do something and you bite me, you're at fault" with dogs.. My fiance did too a few years ago! He, and other friends I know quickly changed their tune when I pointed out that if a dog gets as far as a bite, there's a problem and it's not the dogs fault for only communicating with you in the only way they could. If you didn't see a warning... why? And what could you change or do better next time to prevent the dog from feeling the need to do so? Etc..
It ticks me off when people try to force themselves on my dogs... Although, I think my dogs have a tendency to force themselves onto people more often.
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