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 Post subject: Re: What is it with dogs
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:59 pm 
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It's a speed thing , the faster it goes the more fun it is to chase , slow down or stop and you are boring and don't get chased , usually it's just a big game to most pooches and the barking and carrying on is excited fun (but there's always the exception ). We are our own worst enemies for tearing round the woods , see a dog, slow down and say hello to it , forget about strava and usually the dog will be happy , you get to smile and the owner probably gets a better picture of cyclists .
At the end of the day how important is to to get from one end of the woods to the other pissing every other user off on the way or is that just me being a tolerant considerate old fart , yes go silly when no one in front of you but don't turn into a helmeted version of the bobble hat brigade on the hills thinking you have the right to do what you want and f..k everyone else , we supposedly ride for fun not to start an argument (though with a lot of people on foot both with and without dogs that's impossible).
Rant over from old idiot cyclist with mad dogs

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:45 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
I would disagree. We have four dogs. All similar upbringing since we’ve had them. One is wired differently. Just like some children. First up. First to react. Hyper vigilant. But wonderfully demonstrative and loving of his pack.

Exactly. Just like people and all animals, they have their own personalities. Owners have a huge part to play in training their dogs to be under control in ALL situations but its well documented that certain triggers can bring out their instincts. So many cases of family dogs attacking their owners and related kids and some breeds were originally bred to fight or hunt at a ‘specialist’ level. I was always taught to read dogs body language from an early age etc but they can do the unpredictable - fact.

My Irish relations have been breeding red setters for over a century and I spent a lot of time with them as a kid so i have seen plenty of examples of dog behaviour. Love setters btw.

My kid keeps hastling me to buy her a Pom and it never helps when her mates turn up a school with a new puppy every week :facepalm:

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