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By Anonymous - / Sunday 17 January 2016 10:02 / United States
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Did you ask first before you pet? If you did, then FYL. If you didn't, then YDI. Always ask before you pet a stranger animal.

You never pet someone's dog without their permission. They could be a rescue dog who doesn't like strangers, easily excitable, or they could be a dog for disabilities. I'm sorry you got attacked and the guy seemed uncaring but dude ydi

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Did you ask first before you pet? If you did, then FYL. If you didn't, then YDI. Always ask before you pet a stranger animal.

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I came here looking for this comment. I hate people who pet before asking. My dog is friendly, but he jumps and loves to aggressively lick anyone close enough. That's the disclaimer I give anyone who asks to pet him.

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I was also coming to post this. My pug really does not like children, and while she won't bite - she will jump and bark at them. It's rather annoying when parents yell at me for not "controlling my dog" when their child ran up and attempted to pet her without permission.

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my german shepherd is a total sweet heart to me, my family and friends and epically my 2 year old son. but if he doesn't know you, don't pet him, he will get between me and who ever you are and stsrt growling and showing teeth unless I give him the okay, once I had a kid he got very protective. always ask! I'll tell him it's okay and he will be your best pal and give you lots of kisses.

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When the parents yell tell them to do their damn job and ask what if the dog would've been more aggressive. I love animals but my mom made sure I knew to always ask permission. When their kid gets bit, it's the parents fault if they never tried to teach them that.

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Couldn't agree more, specially with my dog. Who is half Rottweiler and half Pyrenees, so his Pyrenees side makes him look cute and cuddly. But he doesn't let strangers to come close unless i whistle to him. Thus, i hate it when people don't teach there kid a simple manner: 'Ask'. But rather they would let them approach my dog and then get mad at me, for my dog's banking and scaring their kids. Makes me laugh at their ignorance.

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Exactly, when I was a baby we had a Australian Shepherd named Ginger who would not only get her own happy meal with fries and a toy, but growl and even snap at ANYONE who was not my mother or my father and tried approaching me. Other than that, she was super friendly.

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I have a yorkipoo who looks like a permanent puppy and people always want to pet him, but unfortunately he is not a friendly dog and doesn't trust people he doesn't know. Thankfully people always ask to pet him and I politely tell them why they can't. It sucks because he looks so cute and friendly and people just assume he's friendly, but he just has issues with people he doesn't know. That's why he's never without a leash. It sucks you got scratched (that is not a "maul" in anyway by

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You never pet someone's dog without their permission. They could be a rescue dog who doesn't like strangers, easily excitable, or they could be a dog for disabilities. I'm sorry you got attacked and the guy seemed uncaring but dude ydi

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So true. I have a pit bull that I fostered and later adopted. He was used as a bait dog in a fighting ring, so he was initially terrified of people and dogs. Poor guy spent most of his first week with me hiding in my basement. It took several months of working with him and gaining his trust before I felt like he was ready to start taking very short walks (my backyard is big enough to throw a frisbee or ball with him, so he was getting all of the exercise he needed) and work towards longer ones.

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The only reason they have a bad reputation is because of the way the ignorance among people. They are actually in fact one of the most loving dogs around. In face in the late 19th century they were referred as "The Nanny Dog". These dogs are quite misunderstood.

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You can say the same with any breed, that they can snap. Their reputation isn't because of that, it's because many are trained to fight and be aggressive. It's ignorant to act like they are the only dogs that "suddenly snap".

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It doesn't piss me off because I'm afraid he'll suddenly snap. In the years I've had him, he has never shown any signs of aggression, even when he was in situations where aggression would have been warranted. Like the time my asshole neighbor climbed over my fence into my backyard and started shooting him with a BB gun for no other reason than his breed. It pisses me off because he now loves people, including strangers, and gets excited. All it would take is one person overreacting to being knoc

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Bullshit on the pit bull hate. I used to take my dog to the dog park every day (I have a big yard now and he prefers chasing a ball over playing with other dogs) and only ever encountered one aggressive pit over the hundreds I saw in a year in a half. Most of the fights I saw were started by labrador/mixes, ironically a "family" breed. You cannot judge a dog by its breed.

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93- Exactly. The only reason people think certain breeds are somehow more aggressive is because those are the breeds that get reported on in the news most often, making it seem like a higher percentage of dogs that breed attack compared to other breeds. Just a few months ago a golden retriever in my neighborhood got loose and attacked a toddler and his mom playing in their front yard. The toddler died from his injuries the next day. Despite the fact this dog just ran to the neighbors front yard

It might have been a breed that likes to usually aim to bite for the crotch... In other words, You might be a dickface......

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