Pets.ca - Pet forum for dogs cats and humans 

-->

The Dog Snobs

Shamrock
January 15th, 2006, 04:40 PM
Though strangers passing dont generally greet each other...it's been my experience when out walking a dog.. other dog walkers often do acknowlege each other with a hello, or a nod... sometimes even stop to chat a moment, dogs to greet each other too.
Some people make it clear with their body language that they dont want your dog anywhere near theiirs. That is fine... I might not want mine near theirs.:D

But it really gripes me when I offer a hello to others walking past and they just ignore me. I had this happen again yesterday.. the same couple with their two dogs have snubbed me twice now. Wait till I see them next time....I'm going to pick up my tiny Percy and hurry off in other direction .....:eek:
See how THEY like it, lol.

Do you get this cold shoulder sometimes when just trying to be cordial?

Lissa
January 15th, 2006, 04:58 PM
For the most part, other dog walkers seem to be friendlier than the general population but "nothing to right home about" IMO!! It seems that exchanging pleasantries is just too much...

When I go to the dog park in the evening when everyone's home from work - virtually everyone is friendly (peak time)...Unfortunateyl, we usually go in the mornings, when the park is full of people who want to "avoid any type of interaction!!:rolleyes: If it's not that, they already have their exclusive play group and make it impossible to try and join-up:( !

If I am walking Dodger around the neighbourhood it gets even less friendly (if you can imagine!)...I assume it's because Dodger is one of the only "large" breed dogs in the neighbourhood and that makes him "scary";)!

mesaana
January 15th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Which area of Ottawa are you in, Lissa? Maybe we could set up play dates...

Shamrock: If people ignore me and Vega, I figure they're not worth talking to anyways.

Lyne

Lissa
January 15th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Which area of Ottawa are you in, Lissa? Maybe we could set up play dates...

I am in the east end of Ottawa, not as far as Orleans...

I sent you a PM:D!!

shannonRN
January 15th, 2006, 08:38 PM
Shamrock I think I would go in entirely the opposite direction of what you're planning...LOL that's just the kind of confrontational jerk I am, I guess...but I'd let them blow me off on a few more occasions, then the next time I'd approach them, being insanely animated and friendly, say just how NICE it is to see them again, isn't the weather wonderful? and I hope all is well with you and the family, we REALLY should talk more often, then just walk away. That would have them scratching their heads...hee hee.

Prin
January 15th, 2006, 09:41 PM
I don't really care if people acknowledge me or not. What bugs me is when I return somebody's dog to them and they don't even say thanks. They just rush him in the house and shut the door. That's weird.

Shamrock
January 15th, 2006, 10:50 PM
Prin, so much for appreciation, eh?:mad:

I dont care if people dont acknowledge me - except for when I offer a hello to them that they bring themselves to reply to.
With or without a dog in tow, this is just bad manners.

Shannon, lol -love your idea!:D So much more devious:evil:

Joey.E.CockersMommy
January 16th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Yes there are dog snobs in our neighbourhood, one couple in our nieghbourhood walks their dog like 8 times a day, which is makes them wonderful dog owners, but they annoy me at the same time because they are totally snobby and wont even look at you. Even though you pass them everytime and they live behind your fence on the road behind you. There dog barks like crazy at Joey and Joeys is really good with this dog. I always say hi to them to which I think makes them uncomfortable. :D :evil: I love making snobby people uncomfortable. :D

lm9012
January 16th, 2006, 12:38 PM
OMG!! I'm glad someone brought this up! I had that happen to me this weekend! I live in a very doggy friendly neighborhood. There are TONS of doggies everywhere and we're a block away from a GIANT park. Al just LOVES it. He isn't super crazy about other dogs but he is curious and will always walk up and say hi. We don't use a leash with him. We let him roam free during walks and at the park. For the most part, we and the respective owners will smile politely while our dogs 'investigate' each other..maybe give a compliment and be on our way. Yesterday this cute little unleashed doggie ran right towards Al and they were greeting each other. My bf and I smiled and said Hi to her owner..Well! she ran right up to her dog, put her leash on and pulled her away!! Hey, SHE came up to albert! ugh. my boyfriend made a face and was like, 'what a snob!' we just know she heard us!! so we called al towards us and kept going! what a B!TCH!!!
I'm sorry, but when I see a dog owner I do feel a certain comradrerie (sp?) with them.. like hey, you're a doggy lover too!! She could've just called her doggy towards her! Oh well....

melanie
January 16th, 2006, 03:11 PM
i dont walk my dog to socialise, i walk to excersise. and if i say hello to ppl i find they want to chat, and to be honest i have not the time or energy to chat with strangers. i pass a few ppl in the morn, i have those i say hi to and those i totally ignore, if they said hi i would respond but i would try and avoid it. i like my privacy in the morns.

not to mention i walk my dog at 6am, and i dont want to chat to anybody at that hour, even a quick hello can be an effort at that hour, and i find most ppl are the same, we jsut wanna get on with the job really.

its dangerous to speak to some of the old ppl around here, well that is if you want to get home before 8am that is, if you say hi your asking for a chat from this crowd.

but i would never deliberatly ignore someone who said hi, i would at least nod in thier direction to show i heard them.....

quote 'I'm sorry, but when I see a dog owner I do feel a certain comradrerie (sp?) with them.. like hey, you're a doggy lover too!! '

um i dont really, im sure there have been many weirdos and nasty types that have had dogs to, just because i have a dog does not make me a decent person or anyone i would want to speak to. little old ladies i find are a general safe bet, but thats about my limit....


just ignore ppl who dont want to chat, there are many who do so seek them out and have some fun....

glasslass
January 16th, 2006, 08:53 PM
One summer I rode my bicycle every morning along the canal between 6:30 - 7:00 am on my way to the college. (We were working summer hours). I found that I passed the same individuals every morning out walking their dogs along the canal. At first they just moved aside for my bike to pass and otherwise ignored me. I would just make a comment as I passed like "beautiful dog" or just "good morning". After a couple weeks, they would smile at me as I approached and say good morning as I passed. Maybe they just weren't sure of me at first or maybe they realized I wasn't going to take a lot of their time. Anyway, it's never wrong to be friendly. They'll respond in time. It's not always snobbery. Some people are just uncomfortable meeting new people. Some are distrustful and you can't really blame them. Some walk at certain hours or locations to avoid interactions with anyone. Just be friendly, brief, and persistant. Once they start greeting you, you can stop, briefly, to exchange some pleasant small talk. Some people just need a little time to warm up. The crabby ones can be the most fun to turn about.

wdawson
January 16th, 2006, 09:18 PM
i never have to worry about dog snobs.........owning a pit has its rewards:D
dog snobs head for the hills. lol