8 Ways For You Not to Use in Making Friends With Angry Dogs

If a dog is doing this at you, leave it alone.
If a dog is doing this at you, leave it alone.
This is a prime example of  "danger on four feet."
This is a prime example of "danger on four feet."

What do you know about dogs?

Dogs. Man's best friend as the old saying goes. And they are our best friends for many reasons too numerous to list even in a narrow, space-saving font. I guess my favorite reason for loving dogs is credited to legendary Country Music singer/songwriter, Tom T. Hall's heart-breaking lyric from one of his hit songs, "old dogs they still love you--even when you make mistakes," and Hall "hit it out of the ballpark" with that lyric for dogs I have known and loved have loved me in spite of the stupid mistakes I have made over 61 years of life.

I grew up with dogs. Their names were "Frank" and "Button." We played day after day for hours on top of hours and made being six-years-of-age more adventurous. As playmates go, I had rather run and play with these two mutts than any human kid of my age for other kids are sometimes cruel, judge mental and selfish. "Frank" and "Button" had not one of these cold traits.

Dogs will bite humans sometimes for no reason.
Dogs will bite humans sometimes for no reason.

NOTICE:

No dogs were harmed during the research, downloading photos and writing of this hub.

Sincerely,

Kenneth

Some of my best friends were dogs.

Other dog pals I remember were "Tramp," my purebred black and tan pup; "Sandy," "Pappy" and "Buddy." And if you think I do not think about them and miss them on a daily basis, you do not know me very well.

And to my dear friend, Catgypsy, a cat lover and expert on the raising and care for cats, you know me. I love cats too. But where I live, raising a dog would be a monumental task. Whereas my cats are "yard smart," and have the awareness to either stand their ground or run.

Now I want to share with you future dog lovers, if you are wanting to have a dog for a friend, just heed to the things I have in this . . .

8 Ways For You Not to Use in Making Friends With Angry Dogs

Get back, sucker!
Get back, sucker!
I am warning you!
I am warning you!
Friends? You want to be friends?
Friends? You want to be friends?
I am all about serious business.
I am all about serious business.
Grrrrrrr, senor!
Grrrrrrr, senor!
If you are smart, stay clear of me.
If you are smart, stay clear of me.
No, idiot. I do not play ball with people.
No, idiot. I do not play ball with people.

The "Mr. Bravery Act" -- will get you bit by a dog every time. Dogs are not stupid. They know you are afraid of them, so just be calm, do not make any sudden moves toward them and maybe if you have a slice of bologna in your pocket, toss it to this angry canine. It couldn't hurt.

Masquerading Yourself -- as a powerful jungle ape is also a losing proposition to make friends with distant dogs who are snapping and barking at you. Do you think that this angry dog will simply run and hide when you, in your cheap ape suit, walk toward him or her and trying to growl like an ape? Do you not know a single thing about dogs? As long as he or she has anger burning in its bones, they will attack and quickly. Forget the ape act and save yourself a trip to the emergency room.

Face-to-Face -- gestures while on your stomach in the angry dog's face such as Mel "Riggs" Gibson did in one of the "Lethal Weapon" films is ludarcis. You are only making it easier for this dog who is raging "get back or I will bite you," easier. And since you are no Mel Gibson look-alike, try a more sensible approach that requires you using patience.

The "Bellowing Bull" -- routine is not recommended. Although dogs and bulls as well as cows get along fine, you are not a bull or cow, so do not attempt to con this angry beast and get torn up with its sharp teeth. Stay your distance and give the dog time to get used to you.

Swatting at The Dog -- like a boxer is a huge mistake. I tried this as a stupid kid. And was bitten in my left wrist and talk about pain. Friends, I lay on the ground and rolled around in pain while the short-tempered dog sat at a distance and laughed at me.

Sneaking Up on The Dog -- who is more than angry at you will not work. If you are angry at someone and their friend comes at you from behind, you are scared and now more angry than you were in the beginning. Leave this technique be. It is a train wreck.

Singing a Love Song -- to an upset dog who possibly is gearing-up to bite you is not a wise move. Even if you are a singer, do not do this because this only confuses the dog and please, I beg you to not buy into that old saying: "music does soothe the savage beasts." Friend, this has not been proven that I know of, so do the wise thing and keep the singing for your wife.

The Fake Food -- routine is for idiots who are trying to dominate a dog that barks at you each time he or she sees you. What I mean is lacing some ground chuck with a sinus pill that does cause drowsiness to put the dog to sleep is not something a humane person will do. Did you not know that when the dog wakes, he or she will remember just how much they hate you and start barking and snapping at you all over again.

In closing, face it. Some dogs, no matter how much you try or what you do, are not "people dogs." And if you try everything within a sensible length of time and still no friends with an angry dog, walk away. Cut your losses and head to your nearest pet store or animal shelter where most dogs in these places will do most anything to be your friend.

Pay close attention.

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Kiss andTales 17 months ago

Can we apply these lessons to people too!

Because they must have something in common while they are best friends. Something to think about? Thanks Kenneth I need something to read , but again your pictures make me laugh, a couple of those pictures look humans in dog coverings lol!


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Dressage Husband 17 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Hmm. My dogs never got this mad at me. There again I never try to force them to do something they do not want. I just walk them feed them and scratch them on their tummies when they present it for me to do so.

I guess my dogs were better trainers than the ones in the article!


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dressage Husband,

Thank you lots for your warm comment. Such respect you have for your dogs. I like that very much.

You are right. Your dogs were better trainers than the ones in this story. I am glad to admit it.

Happy 4th to you and a safe one too.


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Kiss and Tales,

Sure, we can apply these to people. I wish I had mentioned that. And I am so glad that something in this piece made you laugh. Now that makes me feel like a useful member of "Hubville."

And thanks for being my Friend and Follower.

Have a Safe 4th.


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Kiss andTales 17 months ago

Thanks I so appreciate you ! Keep up the good work you inspire many I'm sure because I'm one !. Thanks


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Kiss and Tales,

Good morning.

You are way too kind to me, but I pray that God blesses you richly for your sweet spirit and words of warmth and uplifting nature.

I will do my best to keep writing, but now that my time is split with hubbing and building birdhouses (for extra money), it is tough to sit down and write when you are completely-spent mentally and physically.

Kiss and Tales, you are a very special friend and follower and never let it enter your mind that I do not appreciate you for I DO.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th and visit with me anytime you like.


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word55 17 months ago from Chicago

Very good advice here Ken. I would figure that the lack of friendship contributes to making a dog so angry. Most owners seem to keep them isolated. I remember owners keeping a puppy to a dog away from people so that the dog can be "mean." I guess they wanted to use the dog for protection. I used to have a Siberian Husky. He was big and quite friendly. I really enjoyed him. Anyway, very good article and quite funny. God bless!


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Marie Flint 17 months ago from Jacksonville, FL

I selected this one, Ken, because I had a little trouble with the title. (Perhaps I'll send you some suggestions via email at a later date.)

My favorite dog was a German shepherd. Her name was Boots and she was the farm family's pet and guard dog. Always kept outdoors, she only went to the vet a couple of times in her early days--once for spaying and again for deworming. We never bathed her, but she took her own baths in Michigan rain storms (except we had to allow her into the garage during really bad electrical storms) and the creek at the bottom of the hill. She was also well fed on the beef scraps my father discarded after butchering a young steer each fall. One summer I brought her scraps from steak dinners people had left on their plates (I was the dishwasher at a family restaurant). Yes, she put on some weight that summer!

Boots accompanied me whenever I went for a walk to the woods at the back of our farm. She loved to play-growl at our boots when sleighing down the hill in winter (hence her name "Boots").

Now I don't live with my daughter, but she still has the three Pit bull mixes (my hub on it is currently unpublished). They have never bitten me, but one put a hole in my pant leg in his enthusiasm to play (he is part German shepherd, by the way). Occasionally these dogs will get into a row with other dogs and even with each other, but it is few and far between.

One has to understand dog behavior, something at which I'm just a novice. Today, for example, as we three ladies (my daughter, my step granddaughter, and I) left to run errands; the three started howling. My daughter went back inside immediately and commanded them to stop. (She seems to know just what tone of voice to use.) Later, she explained to me that the act was one of deprivation anxiety and asked if I had petted the dogs to say "goodbye" before leaving. I had not, but I had given each of them a bath earlier and spent a considerable amount of time removing fleas from their fur coats (my daughter doesn't have time because she has a 4-month-old baby she's nursing and the step granddaughter has no interest). Perhaps with the leaving of all humans from their space, they did feel deprived for that brief moment.

I know one middle-aged man who had served in Vietnam and avoids dogs like the plague. He had been bitten three times by "good" dogs. I secretly want to help him overcome his fear of dogs--a healthy distance from an angry animal is wise, but often a dog will show no signs of aggression and then lash out for no seeming reason. I believe that the dog picks up on the negative vibrations in the person (in the case of my friend, undoubtedly there is some post-war trauma) and suddenly lash out.

I observed this "lashing out" by a "good" dog when I was living in San Francisco, too. I was trying to fix a mop handle at the open front door of a Victorian duplex. The mailman approached and asked, "Is that a friend or foe?" I replied, "He's never bitten anyone" (an answer based on my rather short acquaintance with my housemaets' animal). The mailman came closer and suddenly, without warning, came a growl and the dog bit the mailman in the leg, even though I had the dog on a leash (there must have been just enough slack)! Later, the owner(s were sued and they also found out that the dog they had rescued from the shelter had cancer. (I think the dog had also sensed a certain fear from the mailman, and perhaps was reacting to a possible scent on the mailman's clothing).

I am generally on good terms with dogs but, yes, they can sense when you are uneasy or frightened. If they themselves have been abused by a human, their own experiences will align with the negations of the human they bite.

My prescription if dogs are frightening to you: visit a pet store and ask the owner or clerk if you can pet a puppy. Find good friends who love their year-old or slightly older (still young) dog. Meet with them and let them introduce you to their dog. (Usually this entails just standing still and allowing the dog to sniff your clothing. Then, with the owner holding your hand perhaps, let the dog sniff your hand. Slowly give the dog a gentle stroke or two on the head.) Keep up the practice; eventually your fears will vanish and you'll become "dogs' best friend."

Very nice personal tone, Ken. Your writing voice exudes warmth.

Peace be with you and blessings!


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Marie Flint,

You are not only a dear friend, but a super-talented writer and mentor. I really enjoyed your comment and the part about "Boots," touched me so much for I have always loved German Shepherds. So did my wife. Her favorite dog when she was a child was a noble German Shepherd by the name of "Tippy," and he took care of her and her siblings to a fault.

As for how I would treat an angry dog, I would not move or say one word for this would make the dog's anger escalate and could cause injury.

If the dog doesn't like me and I cannot change it, then I need to go on to another dog.

I wish you my best for the upcoming week and be cool and safe.

Visit anytime.


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

word55,

Hi, bro. It was super-nice of you to take time out to read and leave me such a nice comment.

You are correct. If you start isolating dogs, the end result will be fear and distrust from the dog as it grows to adulthood.

I could never do that for I love them way too much.

Thanks again for this and all of your comments and have a blesse week ahead.

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