|Barked: Sun Mar 17, '13 8:13pm PST |
|First off, let me say I know not all dogs are perfect. Not all owners are perfect.
So, we took Frankie to a puppy play date at Petco today. It was surprisingly busy, there were about 8 dogs there when we got there, about 5 or 6 small/medium dogs and two larger-breed dogs.
Right off the bat, a German Shepherd took an interest in Frankie. We have not had Frankie around any large-breed dogs off-leash, or at least none as large as the GSD today. Frankie normally takes an interest in most dogs, a little sniff and a tail wag. Well, when the GSD approached, Frankie immediatley GROWLED at the dog...It was quite a vocal growl!
Totally took me by surprise, because Frankie is usually the one to make the friendly approach. It was all the more bothersome because this happened in the very first minute or so of getting there, so the store employee (who knows Frankie from us going there) and a couple other dog owners looked at us like Frankie was a nasty little dog (ahh, stereotypes!!)....WELL, this GSD did not get the message, and kept approaching Frankie (the GSD you could tell meant no harm, it looked very friendly/well-mannered), and Frankie was cowering in a corner, hair on the back of his neck standing up. I knew Frankie just was having a bad reaction to this dog, for whatever reason, and the GSD was not getting the hint, so I picked Frankie up and took him to another end of the play area, and the GSD followed. There were a couple other small dogs that Frankie was trying to take an interest in, but for some odd reason, this GSD kept following Frankie and butting in whenever Frankie was trying to play with/approach/sniff other dogs...
I do not know who the owner was, I asked, and nobody seemed to know.
Finally Frankie did have a nice play session with a Bichon and another little beagle (with the GSD *still* interrupting, but by then Frankie was happy enough with his new playmates that he pretty much ignored the GSD)..
I was a little irked because the (new, or new to us) "dog trainer" came over and said "oh how nice, these two (Frankie and the Bichon) are playing, they both are not friendly dogs........."
Um, Frankie is, if anything, overly-friendly, except when some large dog is not up his butt..
Sorry, but her comment just kind of bothered me--I understand the growl at the very beginning obviously made Frankie appear "unfriendly" but I just found her comment to be pretty crass. He had a bad reaction to the one dog (who would not leave him alone), but he was fine otherwise....
The employees at that store (except for this dog trainer) know Frankie is very friendly--if anything, TOO friendly, and her comment just rubbed me the wrong way, although she is a rather new employee and this was her first time seeing Frankie..
At any rate, I would like to know how to handle this if it comes up again. I tried petting the GSD in a soothing tone, saying what a nice dog it is, so Frankie could see it IS a nice dog, but for some reason, Frankie just wasn't having it. (For the record, this GSD was the only large-breed dog Frankie was "annoyed" by. He was perfectly fine with the other large dogs.) The GSD was a female and I am 99% sure Frankie has never had some bad experience with a GSD. He was only 9 weeks when I got him, and we have never had him have any "bad" issues with a GSD, or any large-breed dog, really.
I wish they had a small-dog and large-dog area play area.
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