It already happened.

3 replies [Last post]
Volgirl's picture
Offline
Joined: 2017-03-19

Well it already happened. I was at the vet today for my puppy's second round of shots and there was a large dog that Maggie wanted to check out. She was kind of walking up to him sniffing. I asked the owner if that was ok and she said yes so I let her. Well the other dog went to growl at my dog. It was clearly the other dog. I watched the body language and the mouth of the other dog. The vet tech made a comment that it was Maggie. I guarantee it's because it is because she's a Doberman. If you can't tell which dog is growling you don't need to be a vet tech. 

DJ's Dad's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04

Pet Profiles

Similar thing happened to me last summer in Petsmart.  I had DJ with me, walking around looking at stuff, and some lady with a border collie mix came around the corner into the aisle where we were, her dog took a lunge at DJ and growled.  Well, DJ of course, reciprocated with a snarl, and I took her by the leash and walked away.  A few minutes later we were in line at the cash register behind 3 or 4 people in line, when here comes the same lady with the border collie mix.  Again, her dog lunged on it's leash and growled, DJ snarled back and the cashier asked ME "Could you please remove your dog from the store".  Well, sure, I can.  I put down the armload of stuff I was about to purchase, asked if the other dog was also being kicked out of the store, and walked out.  I know it was simply because DJ is a doberman and the other dog was a sweet border collie.  **eyeroll** Come on....Petsmart.  I know that was not the first time that two dogs ever had a snarley face towards each other in your store!   I feel your frustration,  Volgirl.

Volgirl's picture
Offline
Joined: 2017-03-19

DJ's Dad, I'm sorry that happened to you. It is really sad how some people view such wonderful and sweet dogs. They are really missing out on a great dog. We went into our little room st the vet and my girl just climbed into my lap and went to sleep. They are the best dogs!!!!

Sgourle's picture
Offline
Joined: 2014-07-18

Pet Profiles

That's unfortunate to hear. I have never had that problem, but I also don't let Juneau sniff other dogs in mixed company ever. Several have growled or even lunged at him on our hikes, but since I always put him in a sit to pass the owners of the other dog always apologize profusely. The vet and vet techs at our general vet and internalist all adore him and go out of their way to accommodate us if another dog starts getting growly in the waiting room. Fortunately since maturing Juneau is very "whatever" when another dog behaves like that as long as I'm there and not freaking out, and he never reacts anymore, which I think kind of absolves him of any blame. I also think that the bag of treats and constant training let them know that I don't want a dog who is ill behaved, so they get on board with it. I have seen a horribly ill behaved Doberman in the vet's office on a choke chain and an extendable leash though, so unfortunately I can see how a bad view develops :-/ Stigma is tough though. The week that I bought my house and was moving stuff in my neighbors told me that they would help except that they saw that I had a Doberman, and Doberman are aggressive, so they won't be helping.