If you like to walk, do dogs scare you?

@GardenGerty (118235)
United States
October 3, 2008 8:23am CST
They do not really scare me, but a beagle who was not tied up was pretty unhappy I was on his street this morning. He stayed in his yard. I have never been bitten while walking, how about you?
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@Grandmaof2 (7602)
• Canada
4 Oct 08
Yes as a young person probably about 15 I was walking to school and I was attacked by a german sheppard. He ate the top of my knee off before I got help. I will never forget that. My mother blamed me and said I had probably teased the dog which was not at all true and only mothers love (NONE) I didn't even see the dog till he knocked me to the ground. Three days later my brother was attacked too and this time everyone believed he was indeed just walking to school. The dog had to be tested turned out he was sick and we had to have shots and the dog was put to sleep. I hate big dogs to this day which is wrong I know some are good.
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Owwwww! Spounds very painful to read even. Was it the same dog that got you both then? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Canada
6 Oct 08
Yes it was the same dog.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I have been told some things that were not my doing were my own fault. It is a very mean feeling. I can understand why you still are scared of dogs.
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• India
23 Oct 08
I have not been bitten by a dog while walking though I have been chased by one.In my locality there are a number of stray dogs.The municipality is doing nothing to curb the dog problem.So many are reluctant to walk in the morning.The dogs last week bit a cow.When someone takes the initiative to end the dog problem then comes the animal activists.I think they are more concerned with mad dogd rather than the precious lives of human beings.It is sad that their wilful indifference to the fact of stray dogs is realy creating some sort of fear psychosis among the morning walkers.But recently I have seen a revival of this morning walking on my street.But the only difference I saw was that there is baton which can be elongated into a stick with a dagger at its end,in everybody's hands.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I would no be able to use a dagger on a living thing, or person, but I could sure use a stick to protect myself.
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• India
24 Oct 08
here the dogs are more callous ,perhaps they are aware of the animal rights activists,lol,they can't be scare away merely by a stick.
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@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
10 Oct 08
[i]Hi Garden, I grew up having dogs always and they always scare neighbors or friends who wil visit because they are not friendly to strangers and it help me more friendly to unknown dogs..LOL! I am not scared and been encounter a lot of huge and brave dogs who will really follow me and bark a lot but once I will just ignore them as if nothing happens, they will start to calm down! My Parents will always remind me that once you will make them feel that you are scared or you will also act as if you are mad at them for doing so, the more they will not stop barking and following![/i]
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Usually if a dog is following me I will ignore it. I also do not want it to get lost because of me.
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@snpyvin (1518)
• Malaysia
7 Oct 08
Hi i have this fear feeling for stray dogs on roadside. I have this phobia as when i was young i saw my own cousin attack by dogs so i am afraid of those stray dogs that will attack me suddenly. But now i am a little more brave as i will bring some stick to protect myself when i have a walk or i will get someone accompany me.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
23 Oct 08
That is a really scary memory to have.A stick is good, I think.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Me either. But there was a big Rottweiller on the loose in our neighborhood a few days back, so we kept out of the yard until he left.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Caution can be a very good thing. I might do the same in that circumstance.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I walk almost every day in our neighborhood and there are a couple dogs that will "charge" the fence and bark at anyone that goes by. I haven't really been afraid of them, but last week, one of them did get loose and attacked another dog. Fortunately, it was the dog and not the person or baby in the stroller. I really should carry some mace with me.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
7 Oct 08
That is fortunate. I often think that dogs in that circumstance have been teased to the point that they become mean. I have seen kids do this to dogs behind a fence a lot.
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@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
6 Oct 08
No dogs do not scare me. I love dogs very much and I can usually tell the dogs I can talk to and the dogs who are unfriendly. I have met a few unfriendly ones over the years but where I live now the dogs are nice. It is a rural area and the dogs are all well looked after.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
7 Oct 08
That is how it should be. I do not mind when they challenge me, by barking at me. I feel sorry when they are neglected.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
My little neighborhood is very laid back, I have not had any dogs scare me at all. I have to get more self decline to go out there and walk more and more often! I have not ever been bitten by any of my neighbors dogs!
@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
That is really good. This beagle I saw was about 8 blocks from my house.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I carry a big walking stick just incase some four legged person thinks I've entered his space uninvited. You micht add that to your walk or carry pepper spray taht can also work with two legged persons.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
4 Oct 08
yes little dogs are the worse, I bet it's bcause thery have to look up at almost everything.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I have found that little dogs have "attitude" and sometimes so, too, do little people. The only dog that has bitten me as an adult was a miniature poodle.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I have found that little dogs have "attitude" and sometimes so, too, do little people. The only dog that has bitten me as an adult was a miniature poodle.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
3 Oct 08
We have alot of dogs that go wild around here so no, I wouldn't walk around town. Luckly, I do have a glider inside so I can still get my exercise. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
5 Oct 08
It is a shame that they get turned out to fend for themselves, but I can understand that they are intimidating, especially if they form packs.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Their not strays, at least most of them aren't, I probably should have worded that differently. The owners simply don't keep them put up. They let them run free in the streets. Since they have tags the dogcatcher won't normally do anything about them. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Until they bite someone and get reported?
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@makingpots (11920)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I do like to walk. Dogs don't scare me when I am walking. But I am not faced with many dogs on my walks so I can't say for sure. We have some pretty serious leash laws in my area so most dogs I come across are usually walking on a leash with their owner.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It sounds like they enforce the leash laws really well where you live.
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@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
6 Oct 08
Well I have been ill for 2 years now and do not do much walking any more but when I lived in the city I used to walk my dog around the houses and she was attacked a couple of times. I was not scared of the dogs I was scared for her and I would go after the dogs to protect her. Once I picked her up to protect her and she got cross with me, even though she was on a lead and the other dog wasn't she reckoned she could cope on her own. She was a tough little girl and nothing seemed to daunt her at all. Where we live now there is no problem with loose dogs at all.
@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
27 Oct 08
They must enforce the laws really well there.
• United States
3 Oct 08
Sometimes I feel like people think that it will never be their dogs that hurt someone. Somepeople let their pets run free in their yard. Even if a dog is nice that does not mean that they wont get startled and think you are going to hurt them as you run by. I usualy run with mace or something so that if I am attacked I can buy my self some get away time. I have only had to use it once in 15 years.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is helpful to be prepared. I see you say you run. I think that would be more likely to make a dog want to come after you. It is important to keep track of your pets, even in your own yard.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is helpful to be prepared. I see you say you run. I think that would be more likely to make a dog want to come after you. It is important to keep track of your pets, even in your own yard.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is helpful to be prepared. I see you say you run. I think that would be more likely to make a dog want to come after you. It is important to keep track of your pets, even in your own yard.
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@Anne18 (11034)
3 Oct 08
I don't mind little dogs, but even so with the children I worry about the children as they are nearer the ground! Big dogs I am very coutaious of them, you never know what they will do. None of us have actually been bitten by a dog.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I keep saying I was only bitten once but it really was twice, because as a five year old a friend was over with a cocker spaniel. My mom kept telling me to stay out of its face, and I did not, and I got nipped. My own fault, for not listening.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I keep saying I was only bitten once but it really was twice, because as a five year old a friend was over with a cocker spaniel. My mom kept telling me to stay out of its face, and I did not, and I got nipped. My own fault, for not listening.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I keep saying I was only bitten once but it really was twice, because as a five year old a friend was over with a cocker spaniel. My mom kept telling me to stay out of its face, and I did not, and I got nipped. My own fault, for not listening.
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• Ireland
3 Oct 08
Although I love dogs and I have always had dogs, I am still terrified of other peoples dogs. I will not walk past a house where there is a dog loose. I haven't ever been bitten by one but they really scare me when they come running towards me and barking. It is very frightening.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
That is probably their plan, to scare you away. I do not deliberately walk near dogs, and in fact, if I see them down the way, I may take a detour.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
That is probably their plan, to scare you away. I do not deliberately walk near dogs, and in fact, if I see them down the way, I may take a detour.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I don't like the ones that run right up to me and bark their heads off. You don't know what they're going to do. I yell like crazy and hope the owner is home. There is one place, the owner never seems to be home. So there is only one dog that bugs me.
@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I had never seen this beagle before. He seemed serious, but not really vicious.I do not like them to follow me, sniffing.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Yeah, that would make me nervous. But when they run out barking like they're going to kill you, that scares me.
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
26 Oct 08
I haven't been bitten, but I've gotten a scare of two from neighbor's dogs. I live in the middle of a city and people are supposed to keep their dogs on leashes, but sometimes I'll see a dog running free in a yard, playing, and it intimidates me. I really don't like it when they start barking. It unnerves me a bit.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
26 Oct 08
As an adult I was bitten by a toy poodle once, and as a child by a spaniel of some kind. Both of them black. Must mean I should avoid black dogs.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Dogs and I have a sort of rapport. They never scare me nor do I scare them. I have approcahed many strays in my walkings. Not once been bitten either. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
My hubby can charm just about any dog, or other animal for that matter. I guess it is a "Bob" thing.
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@AmbiePam (51649)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I'm not usually scared of dogs, big or little. Of course there was an incident once that scared the heck out of me. I still lived with my parents at the time, and around 4am I still couldn't go to sleep, so I went to my car to go get breakfast at McDonalds. I walked to my car, and suddenly two big dogs came right toward me. GardenGerty, I kid you not, the first thing that came to my mind was that they looked like the hounds of hell. I'm totally serious! I got in my car, and when I came back they were still there. So I gave them an egg mcmuffin to share. LOL Most dogs though I see with their owners, even if they aren't on a leash. A guy had his pit bull with him, and I asked if I could pet the dog. And it was a sweet dog. I guess maybe I'm too trusting that the owner wouldn't place the rest of the population in danger by letting their dog out without a leash.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I did watch a friends chow dogs for them once. The feeding method was to throw him a kennel ration biscuit, then go in and fill his food dish. The first time, I broke his Kennel Ration burger in half, and that made him really mad. The little female was a doll. I just learned not to break the male's burger first.
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
4 Oct 08
Well, I must confess dogs do scare me. If I see a dog on the pavement I cross the street if I think it's going to bark at me. If it is a little dog and doesn't look dangerous I make an effort to look distressed and pass by it. Once the danger was left behind I take a deep breath and keep walking. :)
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is advisable to keep walking and not be confrontational. I have had more trouble with little dogs than big ones.
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@drannhh (15234)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Dogs definitely do scare me, especially if they are mistreated dogs of breeds known for incivility. I have been bitten. More than once. I do not blame the dogs, but rather the people who do not take proper care for them and allowed them to run loose. So I do not walk anywhere that dogs are likely to be encountered.
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@GardenGerty (118235)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I am like you. I believe the owners are more to blame for "bad" dogs than the dogs themselves. I heard/watched an interesting PBS show about dogs for part of this evening. Dogs are supposed to have jobs. It is only in recent history that we have considered them not to be working creatures. It is in their breeding to herd, attack, protect, etc. It is not necessarily in their nature to be giant soft toys.
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