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2nd-Mar-2012 02:27 pm
Poll #1823491 Sweet Doggies

In general, are you afraid to pass by someone who is walking a large dog?

Yes; I either cross the street or otherwise move away
Yes, but I just hurry past nervously.
2nd-Mar-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of dogs regardless of size, so I always just pass by in a hurry.
3rd-Mar-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Me, too.
2nd-Mar-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm usually the one walking the large dog, so... :)

(But no, I'm not afraid to pass by other people with theirs.)
2nd-Mar-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I was attacked by a rottweiler dog about 16 years ago, which I had to go to the hospital for and previous to that I was bitten on the face by a jack russell dog, but I'm not scared of dogs. And I wouldn't be afraid to pass someone walking a large dog.
2nd-Mar-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
It depends rather more on the look of the owner than on the size of the dog.
2nd-Mar-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm actually sad when people pull their dogs away when they try and say hi to me. :(
3rd-Mar-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
I only do that to stop my dog from learning to rush at people. I want her to sit and be calm before she gets to meet anyone, so she learns to be respectful of people. She's a bundle of energy, so she has to learn calmness or she would jump at everyone for hugs & kisses.
3rd-Mar-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
It really depends on the dog, though. I could picture a dog who is big and snarly, and then I cross the street. However, if it's like a sheepdog or a tail-wagging dog, size doesn't matter. I will walk by without fear.
3rd-Mar-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I like large dogs, it's small dogs I don't like - I can't stand little yappy things that people don't train just cos they're small, those are the most violent dogs. (My dog is medium!)
3rd-Mar-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
YES. I don't even get the point of small dogs. Love big dogs.
3rd-Mar-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have it the same way. In my experience big dogs get trained (and are often very calm. Big danes for examples are some of the nicest dogs I've ever met), while owners of small dogs don't think they need training 'cause they can easily hold them. But, well, holding them won't stop them from barking and behaving aggressively against people or other dogs. I was bitten by a small dog (a small poodle) back when I was a child, and while I even back then knew why it bit me - it was my fault -, I have a hard time imagine f.ex. a Sank Bernard dog behave the same way. Most big dogs are so - calm, in my experience. While small dogs? Yeah, no thanks.

(and often the owner of the small dog gets nervous/pissy if my medium sized dog bark back. While I don't like it either when my dog barks and tries to train it not to, of course it's going to respond if a dog - no matter the size - barks at it and show teeth! It's a dog, ffs!)
3rd-Mar-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
No. And if the owner looks like they are in a good mood/not in a hurry, I sometimes ask if I can pet (read:snuggle) their dog, what their name is, and other such fellow dog owner chatter.

In other new, I miss my dog. :(
20th-Mar-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Sounds like me. (:

...I'm sorry... :( -hug- ;-;
3rd-Mar-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
noo, As a kid we used to have a dog too (medium sized- collie-shepherd -terrier mix)
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16th-Mar-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I agree with the part about "just because your dog behaves well around x doesn't mean he will act that way towards everyone." My husband's family dog is INSANELY friendly with other people and always wants attention, but he...ATTACKS other dogs. Like...GOES FOR THE THROAT. It's scary. He's not a big dog, though. (Which was the original topic.)
14th-Mar-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I love large dogs. But I won't ever get one because my country hates dogs in general and I don't want it to be put down if it scares people.
16th-Mar-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I get nervous around all large animals (even humans) because I am very tiny and wouldn't be able to defend myself if it pounced on me. Even if the pouncing was out of joy or something.
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