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is this normal behaviour? humans

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Genie, Apr 8, 2011.


  1. Genie

    Genie PetForums Member

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    Hey all,
    I was walking my mam's puppy today (a 8 months old Westie, who is not as trained/socialised as they would have liked due to my mam having to be in hospital)
    Pip was doing well, and we got to the field and we spotted a black lab off lead. With Pip not being mine, and lab being off lead I held back (despite Pip being desperate to get to it!) and I shouted to the man who was quite a distance away, 'hows your dog for meeting mine'. I didn't want to find out the hard way that it didn't like small white things. He didn't reply, and carried on texting, he was between 40-50 years old so thought he might have more manners. He didn't seem to care what his dog was doing, as it then walked right around the kiddies park without him looking up.
    With much hesitation from Pip we walked on. I was just hoping for her to meet a few dogs, even 1 new one a day, but this was the only dog we saw today.
    Should I have let them be introduced anyways? Would it likely have been ok? With Pip not having great doggy etiqutte I didn't want to upset the bigger dog.
     
  2. Amethyst

    Amethyst PetForums VIP

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    I think a lot of people are totally wrapped up in texting these days :rolleyes:

    The young guy in front of me at supermarket today, texted (is that right?) all the way through paying for his shopping ... talk about ignorant!

    Well done you though for being responsible and asking about his dog ... even if he never responded :(
     
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    I think that you did the right thing being cautious. Otherwise you might have been on here posting how your mums dog got attacked whilst in your care, because the owner of the other dog was ages away and not paying attention.

    Bit dramatic :D But you get my point?

    It's much better to ask the owner whether their dog is friendly and not to assume it is just because it's offlead.

    Its a shame you didn't meet any nicer owners, but keep trying. It's summer and everyones out with their dogs. Pip will get to meet some nice doggies soon.
     
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    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

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    I always avoid dogs with owners who arent paying them any attention. I dont trust them to either care enough to recall their dog or be able to if they do care..:(
     
  5. Genie

    Genie PetForums Member

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    thanks :)
    It's a shame, I met a lovely male Westie yesterday when I was alone :p about the same age as well. we'll keep persevering!
     
  6. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Have you thought about taking her to a training class? That way she would be able to meet dogs in a more controlled situation, it would be a start with socialisation and she would be getting in some basic training too that you could build on by practising at home and on walks

    As she is a bit lacking now in the very early socialisation, look for smallish structured well run classes with an accredited trainer who uses reward based training. You could perhaps track down some training classes and maybe have a chat to the trainers first and see what classes they have that might be best for her situation. Most should be happy for you to go along and observe a class before you join too.
     
  7. newfiesmum

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    I saw a woman walking along texting a while back in Cambridge, while her kid (about two) was running down the middle of the road! If I had not noticed that she was pushing an empty pushchair and paid careful attention we would have hit him as we came round the corner.

    I have seen people supposedly walking their dogs who are just marching off with no idea that their dog is not following. I have a constant eye on both mine all the time.
     
  8. Genie

    Genie PetForums Member

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    Training classes sound good. I have tried to suggest that to her, but will try again :) What kind of prices are we talking about? We're in north east england if that helps.
    That's awful about the toddler! I get panicy if Pip stops pulling, so I don;t feel anything on the lead! lol.
     
  9. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    COAPE Association of pet behaviorists and trainers
    CAPBT - COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers E-mail pethelp@capbt.org
    You could look on the website and see if any members do training classes in your area, or there is also the Email addresses to contact and ask.
    Otherwise your vets may have a list of Behaviourists/trainers and training classes in your area, so you could telephone them and ask. Most trainers will be happy for you to contact by telephone and ask all the details first, in fact they should let you go along and observe a class first before you start.
     
  10. mstori

    mstori PetForums VIP

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    Hi, just saw you were asking about training classes. I live in washington, so not far. I have the number for someone who does one on one if you are interested (well, there are 2 of them but you know what i mean lol)

    Ive also used barking mad Barking Mad - Home from Home Pet Care - Find a branch near you for advice

    I have just booked my pup into classes at my pet stop
    mypetstop – Dog boarding | Cat boarding | Dog training | Grooming | Hydrotherapy | Expert pet care
    they do doggie playtime as well as classes and
    they also offer a free trial day

    Im nervous about walking my new pup when its time, so hoping he can be well socialised., although tbh i worry more about the humans with the dogs than the dogs themselves..

    Tori
     
  11. Eroswoof

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    Think i gave the same advice to the above post :eek: Sorry to repeat myself - Tynemouth beach is a brilliant place for socilisation as is Seaton Sluice

    Em
    xx
     
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