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Q&A: My dog called a bad boy?

Question by Jane: My dog called a bad boy?

So I was in a new pet store today just checking things out and getting my toy poodle socialized. This was a small independent pet store so there were 7 cats here and there, 2 dogs, rabbits in crates, dog grooming in the back, so called “dog training” after store hours and lizards all ran by one person. It was more like a zoo/circus, just to give you guys an idea of the environment.

I was in line behind a guy who had a mastiff that looked under a year old maybe 90lbs that was easily the most excited animal in the store, (all other animals were laying on the ground sleeping or sitting) So when his dog sees my dog he comes over and starts sniffing my dog happily with his tail wagging, and I’m sure not knowing his own strength against a 10 lbs dog he pushes his muzzle under my dogs stomach and my dog hops around to avoid this overwhelming greeting, but when the mastiff continues to advance, my dog growls and gives a warning snap/bark. I then walk the opposite direction to give space and have my dog sit nicely by my side. The guy pulls his dog back and says something like “hey don’t be a bad boy.”

THEN the store owner says, “It wasn’t your dog that was being bad.” Maybe I’m being biased but 90lbs vs 10lbs and a warning communication signal equals a bad boy?? The same dog that just greeted 7 cats 2 bunnies, 4 dogs nicely is now a bad boy for being pushed over by a dog 10X it’s size and weight?? I know the guys dog meant no harm, and my dog is not perfect….yet. BUT as a knowledgeable dog owner I would never call another dog a BAD boy because it was defending itself.

I don’t allow my toy dog to be coddled or held when we’re out socializing nor do I ever allow it to show aggressive behavior towards anything. If my dog reacts in a way I dislike, I immediately redirect and show him what to do instead without using negative verbal markers.

What do you guys think?
sorry for some of the details that might of confused some of you. To clear things up, the store owner was saw the whole deal as she was waiting for payment from the guy and her comment was with the mastiff owner but about my dog. She did not say it lightly, but a rolling eyes attitude. I took offense because the store owner teaches dog training classes and yet made this comment. Sorry if the story was confusing, I was trying to shorten it as much as possible.
Yea I think I am overly sensitive when it comes to people making negative comments about my dog, even if it’s not that bad, because I put a lot of time and effort into them. Thanks for hearing me out though and for all the comments.

Best answer:

Answer by Rayven ~ Here we Go Again
Are you even sure the guy was even talking to your dog in the first place? you aren’t even sure of what he said exactly so far all you know he was talking to his dog.

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  • I think that you misunderstood the pet store owner, or maybe the pet store owner didn’t see what happened. Either way your dog was just protecting itself.

    Keep up the good training! ;-D

  • I don’t really get what you’re trying to say here.

  • First of all , all dogs should be leashed, and never mind what the guy said. Your dog was in no way at fault. No dog should be allowed to touch another dog with out the consent of the owner. The owner is responsible for his dog.
    Ignore the guy and he needs to mind his own business. You are doing everything correctly for your dog, and others should follow your actions.

  • Your dog wasn’t being bad. I run an animal rescue and we usually expect that when a young dog meets another dog, especially when they are bigger and more intimidating. Your dog was just telling the other dog to back off. That’s the way most dogs would react. The other dog was just being a puppy, which is why they said that he wasn’t being bad. It’s not a big deal, but the owner shouldn’t have called your dog bad.

  • Is it really that big of a deal to you? Get over it.
    Sounds like you’re doing fine.
    Can’t please every body all of the time.

  • I think the pet store owner was wrong. The big dog or pup was being too overzealous with a small dog and your dog gave a warning, did not attack or freak out, and you did the right thing by backing up, controlling your dog, and even the mastiff owner knew his dog was too pushy because he made the comment. I think that pet store owner either does not know much about dogs or is biased against little dogs. If that had of been me, when it was my turn to pay, I would have confronted the store owner for his ignorant comment. It is a store after all and he should not be insulting the clientele!

  • They probably didn’t see your little dog, they just herd growling. The man then told his dog not to bark back then there shop worker said it wasn’t your dog being bad (because she/he only herd your dog growling) You and the man were only correcting your dogs, the shopkeeper shouldn’t of said anything, the mastiff was not being bad he was saying hello, your dog wasn’t bad either he was protecting himself.

  • I think you’re being over-sensitive. You can’t change the fools in the world and getting that upset about stupidity isn’t going to help.

    My response to such an occasion? “I think perhaps your dog needs to learn some manners and not to overwhelm other dogs. My dog certainly doesn’t need to tolerate your dog’s overzealous rudeness, nor do I need to tolerate yours – I’d like to speak with your manager, or perhaps I should take my business elsewhere.” But then again people don’t call me “b*tch” for no reason.

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