Hello, all, this is a weird bit of etiquette I don’t fully understand. Sometimes, I’ll go to a friend’s house to find that their dog is poorly trained. It jumps on me, leans on me (I’ve read this is a dominance thing), barks, etc, and the owner just gleefully ignores it as one of their dog’s quirks. Sparky sure does have a lot of energy, ha ha ha!
If a dog barks at me or growls I stare it down, square my shoulders, point straight at its nose and give it a firm NO. I try my best to let that dog know that, while mommy or daddy might be the alpha, I still come ahead of it, and dominant behavior from that dog is unacceptable.
Of course, this sometimes leads the owner to claim that I’m being “mean” to the dog (:rolleyes:), but these same people with are always amazed at how well behaved mine is.
So, what is the correct thing to do here? Put up with an unruly mutt for my friend’s convenience? On the one hand, it’s his or her dog, and I don’t want to upset my friend. But on the other, the dog understands perfectly well what I’m doing. Thoughts, anyone?