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One thing I find as someone who takes my dogs out all the time is that the number one thing that makes the most positive impression is that my dogs have basic life skills and can behave themselves. If you want to help kids who are uncomfy around dogs or display your breed in a positive way train your dogs to have good manners.

I am not interested in having strangers pat my dogs and don't invite it but every time I take my dogs out people comment on their training and good behavior. Nothing fancy either - just nice leash manners sends a great message to others.

Was that aimed at me? :confused:

No not aimed at anyone - just a general comment.

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One thing I find as someone who takes my dogs out all the time is that the number one thing that makes the most positive impression is that my dogs have basic life skills and can behave themselves. If you want to help kids who are uncomfy around dogs or display your breed in a positive way train your dogs to have good manners.

I am not interested in having strangers pat my dogs and don't invite it but every time I take my dogs out people comment on their training and good behavior. Nothing fancy either - just nice leash manners sends a great message to others.

Exactly! I've taken my dog out to public places, cafés, markets, petshops as many places as possible since he was a puppy and have continued since. He is perfectly happy in crowds and every environment we've come across so far.

This policy has been around in most bunnings stores for a few months before it was released to the public, I took Nova into the garden area when I had to grab something quickly on a 30+ day about a fortnight before it was made public after a training session. He was calm, heeled through the store straight to what I wanted, and straight back out, some staff came and gave him pats. He ignored children and the strange objects he hadn't seen before.

Would I take him now on a weekend and when people are just turning up because they can with unruly dogs? No.

If I could afford a dog car with a lockable back set up I'd much prefer that, because it's pretty hard to steer a trolley while walking a dog. I get enough practice with that at Pet Stock.

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This is not a good reason for it to be 'ruined for everyone'-- that old line. If the rule were to be repealed, It's not the dog owners fault, that would be Bunnings choice.

Cultural change takes time; it takes time to adjust, and there are always bumps and bruises along the way. As others have noted, there's a novelty value to factor in at the moment. That combined with a certain foolhardiness by owners taking unsuitable dogs, kids not being used to it and being nuisances etc. It'll take years, but we have to start somewhere, or the culture of dogs not being allowed anywhere will continue indefinitely.

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I've got lockable cages in the back of my car, and I'm still not game enough to leave the back up. People are serious idiots, and we've had instances where people have tried to put their hands in the car to pat the dogs. In one case they tried to push us out of the way to do so!!! :eek: We told them one of them could be a bit protective, don't pat. (Yeah...and it ain't the Rottweiler :laugh: ).

I live in fear. Cos I know Dory would definitely bite someone's hand if they poked it in there. And I'm not 100% sure of Willow if I'm not there.

As for Bunnings, well I don't even take them into the petshops unless I'm fitting them for a coat and even then we just measure the dogs and do it that way. I think it's a nice idea for those occasions where you're caught out on a hot day. But otherwise I'd prefer to keep the dogs in the car...or at home.

I'm not really interested in the fault factor either. I cry for the fact that common sense seems to be truly dead. :cry:

Dory - check out vent locks from Clean Run. You can lock the rear door half open - they are brilliant and I use mine all the time.

Will do! Seems so pointless having dog cages when you don't feel safe leaving the car open for them.

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I've got lockable cages in the back of my car, and I'm still not game enough to leave the back up. People are serious idiots, and we've had instances where people have tried to put their hands in the car to pat the dogs. In one case they tried to push us out of the way to do so!!! :eek: We told them one of them could be a bit protective, don't pat. (Yeah...and it ain't the Rottweiler :laugh: ).

I live in fear. Cos I know Dory would definitely bite someone's hand if they poked it in there. And I'm not 100% sure of Willow if I'm not there.

As for Bunnings, well I don't even take them into the petshops unless I'm fitting them for a coat and even then we just measure the dogs and do it that way. I think it's a nice idea for those occasions where you're caught out on a hot day. But otherwise I'd prefer to keep the dogs in the car...or at home.

I'm not really interested in the fault factor either. I cry for the fact that common sense seems to be truly dead. :cry:

Dory - check out vent locks from Clean Run. You can lock the rear door half open - they are brilliant and I use mine all the time.

Will do! Seems so pointless having dog cages when you don't feel safe leaving the car open for them.

Yep - I love it when I'm camping on my own too (tent). I can leave them safely and not worry that they are going to get hassled by people or kids who are super attracted to my Spotty dog.

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...'Madelyn had attempted to pat the dog before she was told not to, and it is when she walked away from the Jack Russell that it bit her, Ms Hungerford explained....'

...that's a quote from here My link ...

and what's with this? from the same link

"Ms Hungerford said her daughter is at home recovering from the bite today.

'She can't go to kinder so she's is a little upset,' she told 3AW."

of course she could have gone to kinder, she has a sore knee, nothing more.

The kid has some bruiding and some scrapes that broke the skin. She didn't have gaping holes or deep puncture marks.

What is wrong with people. Breeding a generation of wimps

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...'Madelyn had attempted to pat the dog before she was told not to, and it is when she walked away from the Jack Russell that it bit her, Ms Hungerford explained....'

...that's a quote from here My link ...

and what's with this? from the same link

"Ms Hungerford said her daughter is at home recovering from the bite today.

'She can't go to kinder so she's is a little upset,' she told 3AW."

of course she could have gone to kinder, she has a sore knee, nothing more.

Yep. girl made mistake, girl got a nip, girl learned her lesson. Hopefully owner did too. Both at fault. Not a big story. Social media, please move on.

Yes no big story as far as I can see. Just trying to get their 5 minutes or fame and some compensation.

I got a bloodier would from a little dog who scratched me today. Maybe I should go to the media as well???!!!

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....Yes no big story as far as I can see. Just trying to get their 5 minutes or fame and some compensation.

I got a bloodier would from a little dog who scratched me today. Maybe I should go to the media as well???!!!

....indeed, you should ...you could also go to Kinder on Monday playing with the other 5 year old in the sandpit - I'm sure they will be heavily impressed with your new band-aids, or did you just stitched it :laugh: ?

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....Yes no big story as far as I can see. Just trying to get their 5 minutes or fame and some compensation.

I got a bloodier would from a little dog who scratched me today. Maybe I should go to the media as well???!!!

....indeed, you should ...you could also go to Kinder on Monday playing with the other 5 year old in the sandpit - I'm sure they will be heavily impressed with your new band-aids, or did you just stitched it :laugh: ?

Funny you say that, the only bandaids I had were cars ones sooooooo I would have sand pit cred right there!!!!! I really think it is a huge beat up. Should the dog have been there, nope, should the kid have gone to pat it, nope. But hopefully it is a good warning to both parties not to take things fro granted and be thankful it wasn't worse!

Oh and I have no bandaid today. Too tough, that's me ;)

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I think its handy to be able to take the dog in with you if you're on the way back from a dog event or walk and are just ducking in to pick up a few things.

I wouldn't take my dog just for a day out or if i needed to get more than a few items or browse for a long time.

But really if you take your dog to a public area that is busy it should be able to handle pats and attention under supervision.

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But really if you take your dog to a public area that is busy it should be able to handle pats and attention under supervision.

In an ideal world, perhaps. So many people have absolutely no idea what their dog is about and wouldn’t understand body language if it (and not the dog) bit them in the bum.
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I actually took my 7 month old Aussie to a Bunnings on the weekend. Didn't see another dog inside the store at all. A quick run inside ended up being a 30 minute socialising session for my girl though. At one point I think we had 6 employees hanging out patting Maddie. So if you weren't getting help at a Southern Adelaide bunnings on Saturday afternoon, I'm sorry.

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I took my dog to Bunnings on the weekend, but I drove into the trade section undercover & left her there with the windows down. I reckoned that if my car was in the way of some tradie, then they would give me a call over the loudspeaker. I went away & did my shopping in the nursery, came back & went to drive out through the boom gates & this very serious looking guy came out to the car & said....."I am not going to open the gate until".... (I held my breath because I think I am in trouble)..."you let me give your well behaved dog a kiss & a cuddle" :laugh:

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I completely agree with you. Haven't read any more posts past this one of yours. My head hurts.

If I am reading the majority of posts right - Why do dogs have to be PERFECT, yet kids can run riot, do what ever they want, pat whom ever and what ever they want, scream, yell anything like that - but my dogs need to be statues??? When did my dogs become everyone else's children's play things - simply because I popped into a store on the way home to grab some essentials for the farm.......with very obedient dogs with me (can't leave in the car in a QLD summer no matter the set up) . The dogs should not have to tolerate kids tearing up to them, smacking, patting firmly and generally being "all over them" just because they both (dogs and kids) have had to come with their "parents" to the hardware store??

I completely agree a Bunnings on a Saturday morning, or other peak time - is no place for kids or pets.......but a late night run past on the way home from another event.....is hardly cause for everyone to have a melt down. Can't we all just go about our business and give each other some space / respect ?

My dogs are fine and I know they're safe with children however yes, I do expect people to have their children under control because that's the responsible thing to do.

And yes, it's true that children take longer to mature but their parents are mature and if they aren't able to keep an eye on their children then the same argument can be used for the dogs. Why are they there?

It's a two hour round trip for me to go anywhere so I won't apologise for needing to combine a few errands when I need too.

This thread just reminds me of why I am so desperate to move away from this backwards country....

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Because your dogs are yours and you have control over them, random kids are not yours, and sadly you cannot exercise control over someone else's kids.

You never know what they're going to do but you want to make sure your dogs don't react with teeth if you can, if you can't be sure its better to leave them home.

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Putting flame suit on.................do I therefore have the right to ask people to control their kids (e.g. don't hit the dog, don't stand on the dog, don't grab the dog) - or should I expect that any time I go into a public place - I have to be prepared to accept any behaviour / conduct from kids? I am half asking this in jest - half asking for real.

What is the current accepted protocol out there in the real world (in rural towns like ours you can tell the kids to leave dog alone)? I suspect if I asked someone to pull their kids off in a city these days I would probably still be in the wrong............

opinions please..........don't flame me - just asking to learn.........

Because your dogs are yours and you have control over them, random kids are not yours, and sadly you cannot exercise control over someone else's kids.

You never know what they're going to do but you want to make sure your dogs don't react with teeth if you can, if you can't be sure its better to leave them home.

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Sure you have the right to ask but what I meant was you can't watch every kid and be sure nothing surprising happens. Even the best behaved kids can act up, it happens.

You have every right to ask but damage might already be done, kids are quick!

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Putting flame suit on.................do I therefore have the right to ask people to control their kids (e.g. don't hit the dog, don't stand on the dog, don't grab the dog) - or should I expect that any time I go into a public place - I have to be prepared to accept any behaviour / conduct from kids? I am half asking this in jest - half asking for real.

What is the current accepted protocol out there in the real world (in rural towns like ours you can tell the kids to leave dog alone)? I suspect if I asked someone to pull their kids off in a city these days I would probably still be in the wrong............

opinions please..........don't flame me - just asking to learn.........

Because your dogs are yours and you have control over them, random kids are not yours, and sadly you cannot exercise control over someone else's kids.

You never know what they're going to do but you want to make sure your dogs don't react with teeth if you can, if you can't be sure its better to leave them home.

You absolutely have the right to ask/tell people to control their kids and I'd well and truly tell someone else's kid off if they ran up to us and hit Justice and I couldn't care less how much that might upset the child or their parents. I think it's a bit like dog parks though. You should be able to take your dog in to them and not be accosted by other dogs and everyone is supposed to have their dog under effective control but the reality is very different so, even though you have a right to be there with your dog who doesn't like other dogs racing up to them and getting in their face, that's what's going to happen so it's better to avoid the dog park with your dog. Bunnings has lots of areas (like aisles) where movement is restricted and your dog will be forced in to close contact with people (including children who aren't under control) and other dogs, so while it may not be fair it's better to not take your dog there unless they're bomb proof and can handle that.

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