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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down I'm one of 'THOSE' owners..

Capote and I went outside this morning for our morning walk. He wasn't on a leash..hell he hardly ever is because the complex I live in is all boxed in so he can roam free.

He's still a puppy...a big fuzzy puppy with no teeth because he's getting his grown up teeth now..but to some he must seem scary??!!

I was sitting down on the step letting him do his business and a lady came down the hall behind me on her way to the pool.

If you sneak up on Capote he barks..it's a harmless 'hey what's this new person doing in my territory' bark, but nevertheless it's something we're working on. But if he gets to smell you then afterwards he's just a big lovie boy who wants you to play.

Well I made the mistake to warn her before hand because capote was around a bush. I was like..'I have a vicious attack dog..be careful..' And she's like...'are you serious??' ..this is where Capote enters the picture..all 1 1/2 feet of him and 10 lbs of fur. ...normally the vicious attack dog joke renders a LIL laugh when they actually see him. But when he started barking, she was like..'get him away! I'm terrified of dogs!' ...I felt bad and went to pick him up and told her he had no teeth, but she just gave me a dirty look and continued on to the pool.

...I know he probably should have been on a leash...but seriously..he's a puppy.. And he's the least scary thing you could ever see! No need for the dirty look.....
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 10:54 AM
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I have a friend who is deathly afraid of dogs. She wont even come to my house. Some people just do not like dogs.... I would probably keep him on a leash just so you dont get in trouble.
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Oh yes, some people are terrified of animals in general, but dogs bring out an extreme fear. I was working at a school the last two years part-time and I would occasionally bring one of my dogs with me, but I always brought it in a crate or stroller and always had a leash on it. When the puppies were only a few weeks old, they began coming with me too. Even wobbly puppies scare people.

Fears aren't always logical.
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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 12:23 PM
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That seems extreme to me......but what do I know?Did you laugh?I probably would have and that wouldn't of been nice.Be careful.....she could get you in troublemaybe.Sometimes a leash can just do wonders.That leash could keep you out of trouble,and could correct him with his barking too.

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I walk Brady a lot off leash, but I always carry one with me just in case I need it or there is anyone around that may get upset. Even if you don't keep the leash on him, you may want to carry it with you just in case. I can't imagine being afraid of one of these dogs. But, I know some people just can't help that fear. There is a little girl in our neighborhood who is afraid of Brady. She loves him, but he makes her nervous. I am always careful to hold him if she comes around and she always wants me to hold him so she can pet him. It is really cute. She jumps away when he trys to lay a sloppy kiss on her.


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Karen,
Brady is so cute with those big dark eyes.......I'll take his extra kisses!

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Some people are terrified of dogs and some small dogs can be particularly viscious. Some people are also highly allergic to dogs. I always use a leash with my dogs. It's the only way to have absolute control in an emergency whether the situation is potentially scary to a human or to my dog. You never know when a car might backfire or a pitbull come running and your dog could bolt. I would recommend walking with the leash.
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Thanks Julie,
I think he is pretty cute too. He is sending the extra kisses your way


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Yes, he's a puppy...but puppys CAN and sometimes do bite (see other thread) That's no guarantee that it can't or won't happen

I personally won't take Gucci out without a leash. I've seen way too many unleashed dogs bite and or growl at other people. My stepson just got bit by an unleashed dog a few weeks ago. 6 hours in the ER and a scar for life.

I'm sure it was really uncomfortable for you, but probably even more so for the lady that was afraid of dogs. I'm also really scared of big dogs and I think they actually *sense* that and become a little sketchy around me.

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I thought all cities have leash laws in this day and age?? Guess I'm wrong..lol..
If I were you, I'd get him to aleash now.. hes a pretty big puppy at 10lbs.. he will probably grow many more pounds and some ppl mightnot want to encounter him without a leash on.. its for your own protection to!
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