My dog is very friendly and likes to greet passers-by on the hiking trail.
He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.
The other day someone got angry at this and threatened to spray my dog.
Is this legal?
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

-DB
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My dog is very friendly and likes to greet passers-by on the hiking trail. He runs up wagging tail and ... wanting to play. The other day someone got angry at this and threatened to spray my dog. Is this legal?

Almost certainly: the fact that he puts his front paws on their chest tells me he's big enough to be perceived as threatening.
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

What's wrong with people who expect me to act as a playmate for their dog and are too *** rude to even ask for permission first?

I like* to play with friendly dogs. I like even more to be given a *choice in the matter. Get it?
Lee
My dog is very friendly and likes to greet passers-by on the hiking trail. He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

Don't let him do that. It is rude behavior.
The other day someone got angry at this and threatened to spray my dog. Is this legal?

Absolutely. A person on a public trail is under no obligation to allow your dog to jump up on him. A dog has no business touching a human (or another dog for that matter) unless invited. People (and dogs) have personal space that they want respected. Your dog might not mean harm but the term "friendly" is debatable. In both dog language and in human language the behavior your dog is showing ignores the feelings of and personal space of others. That is not "friendly" behavior, that is rude behavior.
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

Lots of people enjoy playing with friendly dogs but want to reserve the right to ASK the dog to play rather than being forced to by the dog. The behavior your dog is showing, BTW, is not "non-aggressive". It is pushy, insistent and self-centered. A polite friendly dog would stop before reaching the people, it would turn slightly to the side, indicating lack of challenge, make eye contact then immeditely look away, make eye contact and then dip either the head or the entire body in an invitation to play. If the other being indicated reception THEN there would be greeting perhaps with physicial contact. If the other being did not indicate reception the polite and friendly dog looks elsewhere for someone who does want to play.
Call your dog away from people in a light tone. Teach your dog to follow your lead and sit quietly at your side while you say hello and ask if your dog may approach. There are plenty of us who are delighted to meet a polite and friendly dog.
Diane Blackman
He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

You know that he wants to play, but how do I know that? You are responsible for your dog. Don't expect others to take responsibility for you. If your dog was properly trained, it would not do this! It sounds like you should keep the dog on a leash until you train it to behave properly around other people.
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

I was once surprised by a big dog who, in the fraction of a second that I had to react, looked like he was going for my throat. My reaction was a right cross to the side of his head (with the butt of my hand, not a fist).
Some people are afraid of dogs or have allergies etc. Don't expect them to like or want your dog around.
Mike
My dog is very friendly and likes to greet passers-by on the hiking trail. He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

Without permission? That's extremely rude! I'm as big a dog person as the next gal, and I do not appreciate being jumped on. Not at the dog park, where I am dressed for the eventuality, and certainly not on a hiking trail.
The other day someone got angry at this and threatened to spray my dog. Is this legal?

Absolutely. Not everyone on earth likes dogs. Even people who like dogs most likely don't welcome being pounced on by a dog they don't know. And to most people, a strange dog charging at them is a threat, no matter what the dog's intent.
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

Absolutely nothing. I play with plenty of dogs. I have never encouraged, nor will ever encourage a dog to jump up on me. In fact, I have gone out of my way to train a couple of dogs I don't live with to not jump on me. I've had enough jumping dogs knock me down, nip my chin or ram into it to absolutely detest that particular behavior.

Suja
He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

Shortly after I got adoptee Friday, the same thing happened. Friendly Friday ran up to a senior woman dressed in her Sunday best and planted two muddy paws on her midsection.

I was mortified. You should be, too.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

Shortly after I got adoptee Friday, the same thing happened. Friendly Friday ran up to a senior woman dressed in her Sunday best and planted two muddy paws on her midsection. I was mortified. You should be, too.

'Nuff said.
Terri
My dog is very friendly and likes to greet passers-by on the hiking trail. He runs up wagging tail and jumps up putting his front paws on their leg or chest wanting to play.

If you're not a troll, then you're a damn irresponsible dog owner. This is EXACTLY the sort of idiocy that results in those of us who've taken the time and trouble to train our dogs, and who actually have some manners, sense, and consideration for others, losing the ability to exercise our dogs. :-P
The other day someone got angry at this and threatened to spray my dog.

You're lucky the person didn't just kick or hit your dog.
Is this legal?

Everyone has the right to defend themselves, and they certainly have the right to use the trails without being accosted by your untrained dog.
What's wrong with people who don't want to play with a friendly dog?

What's wrong with you that you have no respect and consideration for others?
Even if it is an anti-dog troll, it's worth answering. A, I don't think s/he is getting the response expected , and B, it's always worth educating lurkers.
S'funny this has come up just now, because I just gave somebody at the park an earful - tactfully, with suggestions about how to work on and prevent the issue - about letting her Bull Terrier charge at, nearly trip, and jump all over a regular jogger, telling him "He's friendly!". My immediate response was a friendly but firm "He still shouldn't be jumping on people", followed by telling her (she asked) how I trained Morag not to act like that, and how prevention & awareness of surroundings(paying attention to joggers/bikers/hikers etc. approaching, and getting the dog under control BEFORE any issue arises) is an essential part of it.
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