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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Just a Rant

We were camping last weekend and took both Tessa and Cooper for a walk around the campground on their leashes. Now Cooper does not like strange dogs, mainly out of fear, we believe, and Tessa is a very shy, nervous puppy. Anyway, two very large unleashed dogs come running towards us from their campsite and the owner says, "oh, they're friendly". I told him ours weren't and he gave me a dirty look and called his dogs back.

Now here is my rant. First of all, all dogs in any campground should be leased and secondly, these two dogs outweighed mine by 50 or 60 pounds. Why wouldn't our little dogs be frightened? I wonder how this man would feel if someone that much larger than him came running towards him.

I realize there is probably no solution to this but I needed to vent.


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I completely agree with you. and I own big dogs, 125+ lbs. and yes my guys love little dogs and would never hurt them but I never ever had them off leash, unless it was in a designated off leash area, like a dog park.

I can't even count how many times dogs have charged at my big dogs. some on leash and quite a few broke their tie outs or were poorly tied and broke that. IMO dogs shouldn't be tied to anything.

I'm sorry you had to deal with that.

On a similar note, my 1/2 hav, he was raised with big dogs. and I'll be honest, that most big dogs don't meet friendly little dogs. and Ollie lets them have more than a friendly passing sniff. he even lifts his legs so they can smell him. more than once the big dogs have over extended their sniff session, and Ollie has let them know (by growling) that the session is done. we're talking 3+ minutes of sniffing his parts. I know he's sexy but c'mon!

MANY big dogs don't let him sniff back. it's a sad reality.
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Yes, I can see how that would irk me, too. My stepson was attacked and scarred by a 'friendly' dog because he was standing next to a trash can full of barbecue chicken bones, so anything can happen. I think its just respectful to others to keep my dog on a leash or in a stroller, for those with allergies, phobias, etc. I mean, what if you had a child with severe dog allergies? I used to have asthma attacks being in the same room as a cat, and some people are afraid of bigger dogs. I used to be, not so much anymore...but being bit does that.

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Yes I'm finding it very different to have a little dog! I don't tend to walk where there are tons of dogs but I made the mistake of scooping him up when he was really little and a dog approached. Now he is a little fearful of other dogs so we are working on that. I joined a puppy class etc. Today I met a woman with 6 large dogs on leashes I went way off to the side of the path to let her go by. What does she do? Come over with SIX big dogs lunging on their leashes to "meet" my 5 month pup. Of course I scooped him up!!! YIKES!

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Since we are camping at the moment, another "camping problem" is at the forefront of my mind... What do (too many) people do when their 6 year old is bored while camping? Tell them to "walk" the 70 lb, pure muscle, Labrador! I haven't really had a problem with any (totally) loose dogs, but the number of big dogs who have dragged a small child over to us is WAY too many. I can't think of a better way to get your small child hurt, let alone the small dog.


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We had the same experience with the big dog walking the small child at my granddaughter's t-ball game. When we said something about it, the parents gave us a dirty look. Thankfully, they at least pulled the big dog back. I'm sure the dog was friendly but there were 20 or so 4 and 5 years old there and even a few toddlers. I'm not sure I'd let any dog, big or small, wander around among that many little kids.


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I hear you folks. I run into it all the time. Beaches are real dangerous. Everyone figures they can let their dogs run loose. Sometimes I lose it with these sort of morons. Everyone of these people think they know their dog is friendly until it meets the wrong dog. I give them one chance to get their dog leashed and if they don't I report them.

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We've found a fun way to let Kodi blow off some steam this vacation... Dave and I find a quiet area with no one around, and stand a distance away from each other. Then Dave will say, "Go get Mommy" and he flies to me. Then I'll say, "Go get Daddy" and he flies the other way. We leave his leash on, so that if we HAD to step on it to re-capture him, we could. But he doesn't really need it. A dozen or so runs, and he's rady to flop down and cool off in the grass!

On Monday we head to Nova Scotia. I was reading some of thhe literature about the National Park where we are staying on the Cabot Trail. I was very surprised to find that Coyotes are a serious problem. They said not to let children go anywhere unaccomanied by an adult, and that even adults should always carry a stout stick when walking on trails. It even talked about how to fight back if you ARE attacked! Wow! I'm not sure I'll feel comfortable with Kodi on trails even on a leash!

We have lots of coyotes around where we live, and they can and will take small dogs and cats outdoors unsupervised. But they NEVER challenge humans, even small children. They are really shy around people.


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I guess ,all it takes is one episode of a coyote attacking some kid or adult for that matter to raise the alert level. But I certainly wouldn't be worried about to any extent. So long as your dog is close by the chance of an attack is slim. It's hard to imagine their coyotes in a remote sort of area being any more dangerous than coyotes anywhere. The stories of small dogs getting nailed are usually a dog on it's own property and the owner a ways off or in the house. Making noise going through the woods scares them off in most cases. I've hunted for 45 years and seen four. And usually at a distance running. I'd be more concerned with bears LOL. And I've only seen two. One of which was tagged and used to seeing humans as a cub.Recued. We had to shoot him as he approached us one too many times with no fear. I',m talking about chasing two people out of a boat that was docked. and the next day at camp with a dozen people standing there. Once they lose their fear of humans they become dangerous. Not to worry Karen, Kodi will protect you. Enjoy our great Canadian province.

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Even on leashes, I am amazed at how many people let their dogs approach our dogs without asking. We've gotten in the habit of saying "They're not good" as soon as another dog approaches. Once in a while our big dog meets a dog she doesn't like and we wouldn't want to take the chance that she might hurt someone. And, it is embarressing when she makes a scene. Come to think of it, it is also embarressing when littly Lilly starts barking at a dog she's not comfortable with.

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