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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by dalpup, May 9, 2010.


  1. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    While out a walk last night I spotted another Dalmatian up ahead, the woman saw me and stopped and waited for us to get near, I thought so the dogs could say hello, as I got near though she started to wrap the dog lead round and round her hand till the dog was pressed right against her and the Dal started snarling like crazy at us, clearly not a friendly dog at all. She obviously knew this so why wait for us to get near! :confused:

    There are not many Dalmatians round here but hubby has met a few people who have owned them and so far we have only had a handful of people say ANYTHING positive about the breed, its quite disconcerting as new owners and as much as I feel like I should ignore it I would be telling a big lie if I said it didnt make me fret.....

    I know Dals need more walking etc but we are totally prepared for that, in fact we look forward to it, but are we really quite likely to get behaviour problems and aggression???
     
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    Blitz PetForums VIP

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    Poor dog, no wonder it is snarling if that is the way she treats it when she meets another dog. Almost guaranteed to wind the dog up.
     
  3. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    It just boggles the mind why you would wait for somebody to get close, reel the dog in like a fish and yet know your going to freak out somebody and their pup :confused:
     
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    czenios PetForums Junior

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    Take care about your Dal, offer him your love be patient and you will never get behaviour problems and aggression
     
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    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    When I had my staffy (and knew a lot less about dogs) if another dog was walking behind or in front I would stop and wait for them to get out of sight as it was such hard work having him dragging towards them all the time, maybe the other dog owner was doing that, having said that I was only 10 when we got him so should never really have been in charge of a large dog aggressive dog:(.
     
  6. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    unfortunately I wish that had been the case, she chose to walk on behind us after we passed so I got to listen to it growling and heavy breathing for a good while before she turned another way....relaxing :rolleyes:
     
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    sequeena PetForums VIP

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    It sounds as though she was trying to show her dog that it's ok - if you follow from behind it's not as 'threatening' to the dog. She should have told you though it's unfair to make you and your dog feel on edge.

    I have to do this with Luna and I apologise to anyone walking their dog if they come across me handling a 6 stone english mastiff/DDB. I am trying to socialise her as best I can but she just doesn't want any of it.

    In most cases I will cross the road if I can but it's not always possible and you should see the looks I get :(
     
  8. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    at least you say something though, I would have felt at lot better if that had happened xxxx
     
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    momentofmadness PetForums VIP

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    I meet many dals.. not met any bad ones.... not every dog is the same cause its that breed... Just take it as experience.. maybe let on to her if you see her again..
     
  10. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    She may be training her dog....to ignore other people and dogs, and though I don't agree at all with her heavy handed methods, we can't know for sure the story behind the dog.

    Perhaps he is one of those dogs who've had a tough life so far and need a special kind of handling.

    But..as others have said, she should have communicated to you that her dog was in training instead of just standing there and then following with no explanation.
     
  11. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    thanks folks, I certainly didnt get the impression she was training, maybe she was who knows, it was very intimidating though for sure and as has been said, if she had maybe given a warning that the dog was not friendly and she was trying to train them then I could have relaxed. Being a few more steps back would have been better too just to relax us, my Buster is very young and can be timid so I think I worry about knocking his confidence as he is gaining some.
     
  12. JessiesGirl

    JessiesGirl PetForums Senior

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    She didn't realize how much she may have provoked the snarling by being so tense herself and winding the lead around her hand that way, putting all sorts of tension on it. Sounds as though she knows her dog needs to be better socialized and develop better leash walking skills, but isn't at all sure how to accomplish either!

    I'm sorry you've heard so many discouraging comments about your breed! Dals can be lovely dogs!

    Dalmatians got a very bad rap for a long time because they had the misfortune to become insanely popular after the remake of 101 Dalmatians (movie). Whenever there is a huge spike in demand for a specific dog breed, there is unfortunately also a spike of people who don't understand the breed who will rush in and start breeding them and then a spike of buyers who don't know the breed well either and bought based on the dog's appearance. So Dalmatians did suffer for a time from poor breeding, rampant deafness and unprepared buyers.

    Don't let the people who have heard bad things about the breed get you down. A lot of breeds aren't well understood by the public at large!
     
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