OK so I’m walking my two dogs I don’t normally walk while being on leash and being a responsible dog owner. In my neighborhood you always see dogs walking everywhere and it is not uncommon to turn the corner or to look down the block and see somebody walking their dog or two dogs, even a family with a stroller and a dog.
Me and my dogs always walk down by the lake and see what’s going on down there and just take in the beautiful scenery. Today we started entering into a walk like normal and down a couple driveways was a person who had her dog on a tie out. Normally I don’t care and my dogs are pretty good, however this person who had her dog out on a tie out just stood there while her little dog went crazy on the end of the tire out. Now you can only imagine me and my Weimeraners on leash with me walking down the street coming up to the small dog shouting obscenities to them.
This is not uncommon as my neighbor across the street puts her small little Shitz Shu on a tie out it continues to bark at everyone walking by including the mailman. It’s really annoying but at the same point it’s what they do. They don’t care about the fact that their dog is being rude or that that behavior is only going to develop and become worse over time.
When I’m walking and I’m being the responsible one having my dog on leash coming up to somebody who is not being responsible and causing her dog to be rude this really irritates me. It was like she found entertainment watching her dog being rude to mine. I see this all the time.
Little dogs have a small disregard for other dogs. I find some owners with little dogs have the mentality that “Oh my dog is just a cute little thing it won’t hurt anything.” and they find it quite amusing that their dog is being reactive.
Little dogs have what’s called the “Napoleon Complex.” It is derived from Napoleon the leader whom had a complex of being short. Little dogs have a tendency of having a complex of being little. Being the little dogs start out life being tiny most owners don’t think that they need to do training right away or they are very scared to take their dog out at such a small size with the idea that it’s going to get hurt or be scared. Most dogs should go out in public at least about 10 weeks as long as they’ve had their initial shots. Having them be held by strangers, interacting with other dogs and overall have positive experiences with the outside world is really important. What I find time and time again, is little dogs are coddled, spoiled and are held at a different standard than the average dog.
The result? They have issues with socialization, show rude behavior to people and other dogs and are in your face. In this case, this dog was in my dogs space without having any consequence at all. So then what happens is out of fear and what the little dog thinks his confidence they can cause a chain reaction. The big dog not wanting to do anything causes to react to the little dog and then there’s an issue. In my training sessions you walk in the door and the little dog is immediately on top of you nipping and biting and barking and ultimately being incredibly rude.
Back to my story, as I’m walking past this woman’s house while the little dog is practically strangling himself just to try to get to mine and barking rudely, my well behaved older dog is responding to my command leave it and ignoring him. My younger, more impressionable dog who still under control starts to react to this little dog. The owner seeing the struggle I’m having continues to stand there and laugh looking at her dog thinking “oh look at my killer, ha ha,” while doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
As I walk past I said to my younger dog “look at that dog taunting you and that’s not nice.” From what I said, the owner then proceeded to tell the dog to be quiet and start yelling at the dog while still doing nothing to change the behavior such as taking the dog away. Seeing as I had both dogs, I couldn’t stop and tell her how rude her dog was being. I just kept walking and shook my head in disgust.
My message to those with little dogs is to help you know that you need to understand that your dog is your responsibility and if your dog is swearing obscenities and being rude, maybe you should think about training and/or desensitization techniques to help your dog not cause a problem or set off a chain reaction. It isn’t “funny or amusing” when your dog acts tough and it is important to start early in socialization and desensitizing them from the outside world.
For those that have small dogs that are well behaved? BRAVO!!! We could use more like you!