Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Do you work in a service profession? A job where you are required to be friendly and personable (cashier, wait staff, bartender, exotic dancer, teacher, etc...)?
Have you ever had customers who thought that good customer service was affection - who thought that for some reason, you were only nice to them and not the 200 other people you encountered that day?
I wonder if it is that way with the "But I'm Good With Dogs" people.
If your dog is friendly and outgoing, you might not know what I'm talking about. But if you live with a shy, fearful or reactive dog, you have some experience with this -- you tell a stranger, no you can't pet my dog. The intrusive person's response is "But I'm Good With Dogs." or "All Dogs Love Me."
These people have probably had a lot of dogs approach them in the past, so they think that they are good with dogs. What they probably don't realize are three things
1. Most dogs are attracted to humans. Not just the "Good With Dogs" people
2. Approach does not always mean affection or request for pets. More on that here
3. Once they approach, some scared dogs don't know how to leave or they are too scared to leave
Have you ever protested when a pet parent asked you not to pet their dog? If so, please stop doing that. You might be good with dogs, but the pet parents know their dogs better than anyone else. For more on this subject check out Dogs In Need of Space
Are you one of those pet parents who doesn't want to converse with strangers when you are out with your dogs?
Work on your reflexes. Say "no thank you" and immediately walk away. Do not wait for a response.
How do you deal with intrusive people? Are you an intrusive person? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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Posted by Puddin at 7:30 PM