Ugh! Today on Tallulah's walk, we were about a block away from a front yard full of kids. No big deal, Tallulah will usually monitor any playing that is going on while we walk by and whine that she'd like to be a part of it, but no tugging or towing me into the yard.

TODAY, two of the kids in the yard run down the sidewalk, screaming, "I WANNA PET THE DOOO-OOOG!" They are running right at Tallulah and yelling. The other 3 kids follow. So now, I have an exicted and scared dog being surrounded by 5 yelling kids. She is wiggling all over and trying to jump off her leash. So, I tell them all in my Adult Voice, "Please stop yelling, you're scaring her." They all look a bit scared of me, and go back to their yard.
Once we get down to the house where the kids are playing, I see a mom sitting on the porch, and she yells out, "Your dog probably didn't know what to do with herself when she saw all those kids comin' at her, huh?"
speechless
They are so lucky that I'm more people-aggressive than my dog is.

Jodi, (urge to kill fading, fading, RISING, fading)
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"Jodi" (Email Removed) composed these thoughts and posted them Once we get down to the house where the kids are playing, I see a mom
What is the story behind your dog that causes her to be so fearful and unsocialised?

Are you seriously asking me that question?
I really hope you're being sarcastic and I just can't read the tone.

Because:
A) I would be fearful and unsocial if I had 5 people that were bigger than me run up to me, get in my face, start yelling and trying to touch me.
B) My dog is well socialized, loves people, and would have loved to be off lead, running around with a yard full of kids.

C) She is only afraid of cats that jump out of garbage cans at night.

D) Where did I say my dog was unsocialized and fearful?

You obviously don't think that watching your kids run up to a strange dog, yell at it, and try to touch it is wrong. I do. I think it's very dangerous. They were lucky they came upon Tallulah and not a dog that was unsocialized.
Huh? Neither of my dogs would fare a whole lot better in the face of 5 kids they don't know screaming and running at them

Phew. I started thinking (reading diddy's response) that maybe Tallulah shouldn't have been scared and excited in that situation. She loves kids, she loves people...it was the circumstances that got to her.
Jodi
I'd be amazed at any dog who just sat there and didn't stress some. No dog should have to endure that. Parents need to teach their kids that you just don't go up to a dog without asking if it's ok and they certainly should not be screaming.
Celeste
What is the story behind your dog that causes her to be so fearful and unsocialised?

Huh? Neither of my dogs would fare a whole lot better in the face of 5 kids they don't know screaming and running at them. They are plenty good with kids, just not obnoxious broods of them. Of course, the kids would have to be incredibly stupid to rush two dogs their size.
Suja
Out of my three dogs...one (Lucee) would be completely oblivious to anyone, she would be completely unconcerned, almost aloof...one (Dixie) would welcome all the kids, the more the merrier and one (Tinker), no matter how much I work with her, is timid by nature and kids whooshing at her, it would intimidate her. I do think that socializing helps, but I do think even more so, there are basic behaviors that are innate...
A question might be to the mother...as to the manners of her kids.. Perry
Huh? Neither of my dogs would fare a whole lot better in the face of 5 kids they don't know screaming and running at them

Phew. I started thinking (reading diddy's response) that maybe Tallulah shouldn't have been scared and excited in that situation. She loves kids, she loves people...it was the circumstances that got to her.

Nah, Diddy was just being a ***. Oh. I forgot. She's always a ***. And I do mean that as an insult to female dogs.
FWIW, my dogs would be unhappy at 5 screaming dogs running at them too. I live in an adult world and don't have kids myself. They do great with kids, but they aren't habituated to them.
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