Out walking the pups in the valley this afternoon and met a family with three small children. The mother seeing the pups grabs the smallest and screamed at her husband to look after the second youngest child who was screaming like blue murder as if my two were going to kill her.
The pups were completely oblivious to the screaming and ignored both the noise and the children so did nothing to scare anybody. The father looks at me and if looks could kill....as if to say that the dogs should be on a lead !
Why do parents not socialise their children ?
Very strange reactions to pups. Maybe the parents have had really bad experiences with dogs in the past? Strange. People ~ if you can figure them out, write a book and get rich
And now their children will do the same with their children
Even stranger considering you are in the U.K. where it seems to me you have much, much more latitude with dogs off leash than we in the U.S. and Canada do. Maybe they had a bad experience with dogs before?
I always swing away from folks with small kids. Small kids' idea of petting is sometimes hitting. I agree, some of them aren't well socialized.
I don't know what's worse, parents who snatch their children up assuming danger & give you the stink eye... or parents who let their children run right up to your dog with their hands in your dogs face without asking they can approach and pet your dog.
Parents or children could have had a bad experience with dogs or they are paranoid. Either way not handled correctly since your dogs were calm and not threatening. It would have been a good teaching moment for the children to have the parents ask you could they pet your dogs and then shown them the correct way to approach, ask and then pet. By their actions the children will learn to be afraid of dogs. Just my opinion
Isn't it great to have a sister
What's worse with that reaction to dogs, a screaming child can set off dogs who aren't so well trained as yours. Their body language, showing fear, screaming children as a reaction to strange dogs is asking for trouble. If they haven't had a bad experience with dogs in the past, they will.