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i have a caravan on the scottish borders and go every weekend olly loves it, lots of long country walks.this weekend i couldnt belive what happened i just got off the caravan park takeing olly for a walk and a man with a staffie cross was walking towards me olly got excited seeing the dog and was prancing around on his lead wanting to play with this mans dog.his dog started growling so i had olly on a tight lead wanting to get past them but the man stopped and said whats that (meaning olly) i stopped and said a cockapoo,i still had olly on a tight lead,olly by this time was standing on his back legs boxing with his front legs excited then out of the blue this horrible man slapped olly a few times hard on the top of his nose and said thats how you treat a puppy and sniggered at me i was so shocked and felt intimitaded by him.itold him if he laid another hand on my puppy i would ring the police i picked olly up and hurried away from him back to the caravan park it really upset me,there are some nasty people out there, its put me off a bit walking him on my own when we go away
 

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was it a propper slap or was it like a tap on the nose, i sometimes tap dogs on their nose but in an afectionet way amd normaly only dogs i know.

how ever what he said doesnt sound right. very odd man shame he had a staffie, its always the owners that let down the dog.


what was ollys reaction to all this ?
 

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That's terrible Ellie, and poor Olly, no wonder it's put you off walking on your own. How on earth did he think he had the right to do that? It sounds as if his dog was the one with 'issues'. As you say there are some nasty people out there, but thankfully idiots like him are few and far between. More people love to see cockapoo puppies than not, although there are a few diehards in the pedigree world who have problems they need to share. You've had a horrible experience but I would try not to let it spoil the lovely walks you enjoy with Olly. Did you find out if he was a local, or a visitor to the site perhaps, and whether he had been a problem before?
 

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At least the animal didn't set his dog on your poor little chap. What on earth did Olly do? I had a similar (ish) experience recently when Rocky was jumping up at a guy, somebody I kind of knew, who had done some work at the house...maybe I should've pulled him off but this guy had working boots and tough jeans on and Rocky was only 16 weeks and he was just being a little excitable. The guy bent down and put his hand out to Rocky...smiling all the while...I assumed he was going to fuss him and took little notice, then poor Rocky let out a yelp. I still don't know what happened, but he said something along the lines of "he won't do that again", laughed and strode off to continue with his job. Like you, I was furious but also quite intimidated. The next time we saw him...I just pulled the lead close, looked him coldly in the eye and said "don't touch my dog". :mad:
 

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Ellie, that is unbelievable! What on earth makes this guy think he can such an intolerable thing! Hope Olly is no worse the weae for the experience. Will someone else walk with you for a while, until you feel more confident? What a shame to miss out on your time walking Olly at the weekends. I'm not far from the borders, assuming you are on the east coast, I could come and meet up and have a walk with you, I have a big stick I could shake :D
 

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Nasty, stupid Pillock :mad:

Ellie if you see him again, just steer well clear. I wouldn't want to get involved with a dialogue with him and you don't know what his dog is capable of. It is upsetting that people can behave so poles apart from our own moral standard. But unfortunately there are people like that out there.

Hopefully you wont see him again. Keep enjoying your lovely walks in Scotland it must be stunning. :D :)
 

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Poor you and Olly, you must've felt very intimidated!!! Theres a lot of bad dog owners out there that give us good ones a bad name - don't let it spoil ur lovely walks - just take Ali and her stick!!! ;)
 

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OMG what a a***hole :mad:

I too would have felt intimidated not with the man but more so in case the idiot got his dog to cause trouble.

If the guy was on his own I'm sure you would have reacted differently and gave him what for!

Shame you couldn't take your dog back- find him and slapped him on the nose a few times and say " now look that's has you treat idiots " :D
 

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What a horrible experience for you both. I would have felt the same. Try not to let this spoil your lovely walks. He sounds like a horrible bully. :(
 

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How awful you must of been so scared!!!
He was definately in the wrong

My friend did say to me to roll up some newspaper and smack Buddy on the nose to stop him nipping and jumping up,i thought it sound cruel but should you do that?????
 

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I think the rolled up newspaper tap was common practice in 'training' a puppy at one time Donna, but I think things have moved on from that. I read 'The Perfect Puppy' by Gwen Bailey in preparation for my bringing my puppy home on the 12th, as it's a while since I brought up a puppy. For what it's worth, I think it's an excellent book, and am re-reading it as as we speak!
 

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I've used a lightly rolled up newspaper and smacked Millie on the bum. It was more about the noise not about hurting them.

It sort of worked, she was digging up the lawn. If I hold the newspaper now she'll stop doing it. But if I'm not there she'll have a sneaky dig.

So all in all, a bit of fail really :eek: :)
 

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How awful you must of been so scared!!!
He was definately in the wrong

My friend did say to me to roll up some newspaper and smack Buddy on the nose to stop him nipping and jumping up,i thought it sound cruel but should you do that?????
I would not do this! the muzzle/nose is a very sensitive area, lots of nerve endings and membranes. Remember the sense of smell is one of the strongest senses a dog possesses and you can do more harm than good. I would put my hand over the dogs muzzle and hold, press backwards and tell him 'NO' if your consistent with this he will learn, it may take a little longer but its much more acceptable in your own mind and when other's are watching and of course less painful for your dog, teach your dog respect and not fear....****
PS Hope I don't sound as if I'm preaching but Buddy is a special little dog with a great character and with your patients he will turn out just the way you want him...an adorable Cockapoo with a great temperament :)
PPS As for people who feel the need to smack other peoples dogs....well that's when the rolled up news paper would come in handy:mad:
 

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WOW! what if a stranger slapped your kid! no way should anyone else ever hit anyone elses dog...hard or soft it was not appropriate.
what an @$$!!!!
 

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This happened to me once...
About 15 years ago, the family dog cleo (who is still around!) was a young pup on some of her early walks off the lead, a man was jogging through the park and she ran up to greet him all excitedly (in fairness a bit naughty) but just tail wagging etc... At the front of him, he stopped dead raised his leg and kicked her full on in the ribs.. She let out a large yelp and came running back to us, i just saw red and yelled to him that he better run and i went racing after him with cleos choke chain, i was so upset that god knows what i would have done if i had caught up with him! Luckily for him he turned tail and ran out of the park really quickly and i couldnt catch him. I am a female and was about 16 at the time!
 

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Think it's awful that he felt it was ok to do that! What an ignorant, stupid man. I would have been tempted to smack him on the nose back :mad: Try not to let it get to you (as he probably wanted to try to offend/intimidate you) and keep on enjoying those walks. Don't let the buggers get you down. :)
 

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when i reflect back to what happened at the weekend im now more determined not to let this man make me nervous about walking olly on my own.ive never seen him before and he is not a regular on the caravan park,he definetly had issues his dog had a big scar across its eye so i dont think it was a stranger to a fight, maybe he doesnt like gorgeous soft fluffy happy puppies, there was nothing gentle in the way he hit olly he was quite aggresive olly was backing off from him thats when he said thats how you treat a puppy.normally im not on my own my sister has a caravan there to and she has 3 dogs so we always walk them together but her basset hound has been poorly so she has not been for a couple of weeks.i probably will never see this man again but if i do i will be ready for him:mad:
 

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he definetly had issues his dog had a big scar across its eye so i dont think it was a stranger to a fight
sorry but that is a horrible generalization that get dogs a bad name, for all you know that dog was a rescue that have been beaten by its original owner or hit by a car or just simply attacked by another dog. by all mean lay into the owner but unless the dog showed some genuine aggression then simply going by the dogs appearance is completely unfairer.
 
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