Great Idea From Down Under

Discussion in 'Off-Topic & Chit Chat' started by Puppylove, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. MaryK Honored Member

    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: OMD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine people's faces if they saw dogs wearing leads with those slogans!!!!!!!!:ROFLMAO:
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  2. MaryK Honored Member

    I'd prefer 'training' for Ra Kismet, as I am a little concerned if I used 'caution' people would think he was vicious, which he's not. Will definitely get one with 'training' which is really what he's doing right now. Well re-training to over come a trauma but more appropriate all the same.
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  3. Dioritt Well-Known Member

    I totally agree, Mary. You don't want people misunderstanding as some dog owners can be quite nasty if they think you have an even slightly vicious dog out where other dogs are exercised.
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  4. MaryK Honored Member

    Thank you. Yes people can get quite nasty that's for sure. I've had it since Ra Kismet had his spot of trouble, even had rude signs, though anyone can see he's NOT vicious just plain scared and over reacting. Almost there now but still a good idea to have 'training' as people can be 'in the dogs face' at times. Which isn't fair to the dogs.

    Also a lot of ethnic people are absolutely terrified of dogs, probably not their fault, but they're even scared of my older boy Zeus, who just toddles along and doesn't even glance at them.
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  5. bekah1001 Honored Member

    And they are making a blind dog one too
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  6. Dioritt Well-Known Member

    The blind one's a good idea.

    Yes, I've noticed that about a lot of ethnic people. I can't imagine how awful it must be to be so terrified of dogs, being as they're everywhere. When Bruno was a young pup, he was running off leash on the beach and ran up to a woman who was out with her little girl. The little girl was petrified. She started screaming, waving her arms about and all sorts, which only made matters worse because Bruno thought she wanted to play. Such a shame to be that afraid of a puppy.
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  7. MaryK Honored Member

    It is sad isn't it. I've had similar experiences too. And out walking with dog on leash, they will actually tell their children to run away!! Tried to explain once that that is the worst possible thing but either the language or just their lack of understanding got in the way. Plus they will actually move off the sidewalk into the road, even one with very heavy traffic, to avoid having to walk close to a dog.

    It's a shame that anyone can be afraid of a puppy. Awful for the dog and the child. Cannot imagine growing up being afraid of dogs.
  8. Dioritt Well-Known Member

    Yes.... running away.... sigh.

    I think it'd be good if school's had a lesson or two on dogs to teach children how to approach them, why it's important to ask the owner if they can stroke him, where not to touch them, some of the more obvious body language signals etc. With so many dogs around, every child must encounter lots of them.

    A friend of mine recently brought her grandchildren to visit for a day. The little boy, who's nine, was afraid of dogs, basically because he'd never been around them and didn't understand them. All he really knew was that they have big teeth, strong jaws and can do a lot of damage. By the time he left he'd become good friends with Alf, even though I'd explained that he mustn't try to take anything away from him. He respected that and I showed him how to get Alf to go through his repotoire of tricks. I'm sure if a few dogs were taken into schools, the children would learn to respect, understand and enjoy them more.

    Maybe there should be a lead with "child friendly" on it ;-)
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  9. Dioritt Well-Known Member

    I found these today. I'm going to order one with "IN TRAINING, please do not disturb" on it. Maybe then, when I'm asking Alf to do a long stay or something, others might not let their dogs just bound up to him and jump all over him. I don't mind dogs coming to say hello to Alf otherwise, but it can be frustrating when you're trying to train.
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  10. MaryK Honored Member

    Great idea. Looked to see if they have overseas shipping but couldn't find anything to say they did.:( I'd love to get one for Ra Kismet, with the same or similar wording, to protect him from other people's dogs, or rather the owners!
  11. MaryK Honored Member

    I agree. I did see on T.V. a while back something to do with taking dogs into schools and teaching the children how to behave around dogs. Cannot recall where though.
  12. Ripleygirl Experienced Member

    These are a brilliant idea! I do agree with MaryK though that certain other owners may over react though, Ripley is awesome off lead with other dogs, always great with kids and humans (on or off lead) but gets overexcited on lead with other dogs and in her 'need' to meet them gets rather vocal. I have had quite a few 'run ins' with other owners telling me my dog is agressive because of the noise level when passing on lead but the owners that approach calmly and let the dogs meet she behaves great once the dogs have sniffed. It is all still training to try to calm her when she feels I am stopping her from meeting the dog because of the leash... and some owners take this as agression. I think if she had a caution on her it would escalate this opinion but a training one would make owners possibly think differently and give us more time to practise the approach when on lead rather then crossing the road or pulling there dogs passed us...
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  13. Pawtential Unleashed Experienced Member

    I actually offer this exact thing to schools in my area:

  14. Dogster Honored Member

    That's so cool!!!:)
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  15. MaryK Honored Member

    Have you been, to your knowledge, shown on Australian T.V.? I did see someone who was offering exactly what you're offering but cannot recall the details, where etc. We do get over seas news here, so just wondering if it was you.
  16. Pawtential Unleashed Experienced Member

    Not would be awesome but not me...
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  17. MaryK Honored Member

    Aw was so hoping it was you!
  18. bekah1001 Honored Member

    I cant wait for the training one to come out. I think it will motivate me to work on leash training.
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