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Old 08-12-2014, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ru4por View Post
Oh my. Letting a dog run around with a leash on is far more irresponsible than not leashing it altogether. It is a good way to hurt your animal. *shakeshead* When a child sneaks up on your dog, laying down in the shade, startles it and get bitten in the face, it is not just you living with the results. "You have no fear of your dog doing anything out of line"....others likely do. And you lack this fear from the position of ignorance. You have no real idea of what your dog will do in new and unfamiliar situations. This post defines entitlement. I love dogs, irresponsible owners, not so much.
Something to be aware of is that a dog's natural way of harmlessly correcting a puppy who is being obnoxious is to grab the puppy's face in his mouth. This is physically harmless to a puppy because the skin of a dog's face is tough and designed to take this kind of handling. On the other hand, human skin is more delicate on the face than almost anywhere else on the body, especially on a child, so what the dog intends as a firm but harmless correction to a human "puppy" ends up drawing blood and probably looks malicious to bystanders who don't understand how dogs use that behavior on their own puppies. If the dog's owner doesn't train the dog carefully not to use this instinctive behavior when dealing with annoying children, and then leaves their dog unmonitored around children, they're asking for trouble.

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