Would you tell a perfect stranger their dog needs discipline?

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dog-trainingSo our dog Jack is a little nuts. But only in the “I’m a 9 month old kelpie pup and I’ve got lots of energy” kinda way. So for him to get very excited on a morning walk each time he says hello to another furry friend is nothing unusual and actually quite cute!

So on the weekend Jack and I were walking along the waterfront and he decided he wanted to help carry his lead. He’d just said a big hello to one of his friends and was a little hyped up!!

So we’re walking along, Jack with a bounce in his step and his lead in his mouth when a lady and her cocker spaniel were walking towards us. Jack assumed his crouched down position waiting to ‘pounce’ and say hello, when the lady decided to tell me that Jack needed discipline because he liked to lay on the ground and wait for the dogs coming towards him to say hello. And then she shaked her head disapprovingly. Well. WELL.

Of course my reaction was to say ‘come on Jack we don’t want to talk these people’ and we walked off.

So now that you know my little story, what is my point?! It’s always been an interesting topic and one with a lot of grey area about discipliningg other people’s children and I think the same goes for dogs.  You wouldn’t, (well I wouldn’t anyway) say to a mother, you’re child needs some discipline, especially not to a perfect stranger.

To say I was pissed off would be an understatement! I think it’s rude, and very unnecessary in our case.

So what do you think? Would you tell someone their child or their dog needed discipline? Would it be different if it were a friend or complete stranger?

  • Ben
    September 21, 2009

    In this particular case i think you have a right to be pissed off, but i’m sure you’ll agree, both with children and animals there is a point at which something needs to be said. Using the dogs as an example what if another dog came tearing up to Jack jumping on him and actually hurting him and the owner just shrugged their shoulders? My reaction would be firstly put my boot up the other dogs butt and then to tell the owner off. What do you think?

  • Ali
    September 21, 2009

    NO i would never do that but i do get up people who do not keep their dogs on a lead if they can’t control them. its none of people’s business if your dog is not obedient as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone they can bugger off.

    the problem is those who cant control them and dont have them on a lead because i have had dogs running at me and my border collie that i dont know if they want to play or attack.

    thats when i say “if you cant control your dog keep it on a lead”. dogs should keep their personality as long as they dont hurt anyone

  • Clo
    September 22, 2009

    Unless the dog is actually causing harm or is destructive to the person it’s completely rude and frankly none of their business. I would want to say something along the lines of “if you want to go there, your your dog desperately looks like he needs a bath… But that would be none of my business either!” point made whether or not the poor (and outrageously well behaved) pooch had odour problems :)

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