I am not a dog person. I don’t really have anything against dogs, I have had them in the past, but I would rather spend time with my cat than with a dog. Strange for a guy I suppose, but true nevertheless.
I am not afraid of dogs, but I really don’t like dogs to jump on me, especially large dogs. Many of my friends own dogs, and I sometimes run into them on the street or visit them at their houses.
If their dog is in the back yard I often acknowledge it (wow, Rex is sure getting big!) but I don’t go outside to play with it. I think that bothers a few of my friends when I choose not to play with their dog. Hey, it’s not like it’s their kid.
Sometimes, when meet the owner on the street or come over, the owner lets the dog in the house. The dog immediately runs over to me, (dogs seemed to be attracted to me, perhaps because I smell like a cat?) and I try to stand perfectly still hoping they will find someone else to play with.
Almost invariable the dog jumps on me because, I suppose, it wants to play. I gently push it away, and of course it thinks this is a game and bounces right back and onto me again. It’s a no win for me, if I ignore the dog it jumps on me and if I push it away it comes right back. I tried simply turning my body away 90 degrees, but the dog just follows me around. All I can do it just stand there until the dog gets bored and wanders off.
If it was my dog I would scold it for jumping on ANYONE and if it tried to jump on me I would humanely knee it in the chest so that it learned not to do that. I’m not suggesting that you ever hit, choke or kick a dog, just raise your knee so that if it jumps on you it feels it. I have been to dog obedience school before and I know this technique works. I have even used it successfully on my dogs in the past.
So the question is, is it okay to knee someone else’s dog or should I just stand there and take it like a man?