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Re: For non dog owners/lovers. How to approach and deal with dogs.

A mate of mine has a Kangal cross breed. I am not sure what it is crossed with, but the dog is literally the size of a small bear/horse.

My mate is always what seems to others as heavy handed with the dog, but its only way to deal with such a beast.

Luckily he is a body builder and has the power to deal with the dog.

Biggest and scariest dog i have ever seen in my life.

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And I'll add to Summerrain's excellent advice:

No matter how sweet, cute, huggable the dog looks - if the owner says 'no', please do as he/she asks and leave the dog in peace.

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Re: For non dog owners/lovers. How to approach and deal with dogs.

Many people who would never look a big dog straight on have no problem staring down small dogs and the wonder why the dog is upset.

Small dogs are dogs too. If you stare at them or try to touch them without and "introduction" or asking permission, they may well act like any other dog and nip, bark, bite or try to run away.

All the rules for big dogs go for small ones too.
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What do you do if you are cycling out in the countryside passing farms where dogs are often loose and there are no owners around to intervene? If a dog runs up to me or after me, should I just stop and get off the bike? I've had some pretty aggressive farm dogs run up to me while out walking and have often wondered how to react if I'm out on the bike.
Difficult one for 2 reasons. First off, most farm dogs (certainly where I live) are the most un-sociallised and untrained nervous dogs around. Secondly, many dogs see bicycles as either a threat or a great toy to chase. Personally, I would get off and walk by slowly just ignoring the dog.

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The advice of not looking a dog in the eye when being threatened seems bizarre. I once stood my ground against a Doberman when I walked into someones garden and they had it off the chain. He walked out to find me with a bag stuffed in the dogs mouth amazed that anyone had been able out smart the dog normally everyone turns and runs he said I find them on the ground with the dog standing over them.

Maybe I am not your average respondent as I grew up around dogs and if you look them in the eye and make it clear you aren't bothered they are easy to handle.
Quite. I repeat, this thread is not for people like you who do understand dogs body language and are not afraid of them. Please, do not give this advice to someone who does not know about dogs.

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Interesting thread. I'm a dog lover who grew up with a dachshund/beagle, and the dog was definitely in charge

Grumpy - you seem quite knowledgeable so I'm curious on your thoughts. I always smile at the small dogs I see on the tram and they usually always get that smile in their eyes and that hopeful look that I'll pet them (which I don't because it seems to be not appropriate here).

Is this really such a bad idea? I sense there's some difference between the larger dogs and the small definitely-pampered house puppies. I dont really approach either, but the smaller breeds do seem quite well socialized here in Zurich.

(BTW, love the pics of King Nelson - he's utterly adorable.)
I always treat small dogs the same as large, I think you are more likely to get nipped by a little'un because, being so much smaller than big folk leaning over them to pet them they are generally more nervous. Also as miniMia says.

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Many people who would never look a big dog straight on have no problem staring down small dogs and the wonder why the dog is upset.

Small dogs are dogs too. If you stare at them or try to touch them without and "introduction" or asking permission, they may well act like any other dog and nip, bark, bite or try to run away.

All the rules for big dogs go for small ones too.
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