GoodbyeHalcyonDays Posted February 26, 2014 Report Share Posted February 26, 2014 A recent topic made me think about how dog owners interact with each other. I'm originally from New York City, so we have dog parks aplenty in all boroughs for you to take your dog to play, so it comes as no surprise that everybody there is usually very friendly with their dogs (sometimes too friendly). This, of course, leads to fights and disputes among both the dogs (lack of training, manners, etc) and the owners ("he's just trying to say hi!", inattentive, and so on). However, I recently moved to Indiana, and it's like a whole new thing here. Most people I know here leave their dogs outside 90% of the time (in freezing cold, negative degree weather too, unfortunately for those dogs), and while walking my dog sometimes in crowded areas like on campus, I've had some people actually cross the street to avoid my dogs (one is a small little pomeranian, and the other is my BC). It seems to mostly be older people and their children, since most college students just ooh and ahh at them as we pass, and ask to pet them. What is the difference between Indiana and New York that causes people to act so differently in terms of dog ownership? Is it a lack of understanding of how to raise dogs and to handle them? Not being around them enough, so they fear them? People treat them as differently as night and day compared to here and there. Some of you have mentioned meeting other dog owners in the parks for you to play with, and while I originally would have thought nothing of it, now I think to myself, "does that really happen?" since it's been so long. The few times I have met another dog owner outside in the park, they have nervously tried to yank their dog away from me as fast as possible despite my two just lying in the grass napping. I guess I just want to know and understand the different opinions regarding dog owner friendliness towards each other, and how it differs from region to region. Cheers. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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