If Mr. Quiet and Calm is gonna bite me, I will bite you, is my usual answer.
Um, maybe he was talkingabout you to the dog, not vice versa.
I have a quiet and calm one, a loud and obnoxious one, and a stupidly needy one but none of them are aggressive. The loud one barks but his barks either mean 'play with me', 'I'm hungry' or 'squirrel/rabbit/deer/etc'. I don't say they're calm and quiet, I just say they are harmless; which is true.
Yeah, my dog is a Boxer/Pitt mix, so someone who doesn't know him might interpret his loud boxing as aggressive. Which I like when I'm home alone with the kids and a male salesman comes to the door. But really, his bark just means "New friend! Play with me! Love me!"
I'd like to meet this boxing boxer of yours.
I once had a dog bark at me for wanting to pet him. He was a large one. But he wasn't aggressive, he was just not too friendly.
Owners are terrible at knowing what their pets are actually like. Same with some parents and their children. Some people get way too biased and wear blinders.
I have a dog, he barks at all strangers and that can be interpreted as aggressive, but to me he still is calm. All dogs to me bark at times. But he doesn't ever bite anyone. All dogs I know do some barking to an extent I think. If he gets a good sniff of them then he usually calms right down after.
So in that situation I would probably say something like "Don't worry, he'll calm right down very soon", which isn't much different from what you were told.
But I still get what your saying too.
@Sharm I have to disagree. Mama knows when little Johnny is a hog's shank; chances are the apple didn't fall very far from that tree. Same with pet owners, it isn't that people are blind to those they spend the most time around, it's just that lying comes really naturally to the vast majority of humanity and is viewed more positively than admitting faults in ourselves or our loved ones.
When I was a teen we moved and I had neighbors who one of the first things they said to us was that their dogs were "good, quiet dogs". That first night though we were assailed not just by noisy yipping dogs half of the night but the very neighbors who claimed they were "quiet" barking obscenities back at the dogs.
This continued for weeks until I started taking their dogs on walks with mine so that they weren't on chains 24/7, bored and so tightly wound that they'd bark at a pin drop. the dogs stopped barking but the neighbors still barked at each other screaming at the top of their lungs on a somewhat regular basis for as long as I lived there.
@Philosophus Vagus Woooow. You were nicer about it than I probably would have been, but then again, I'm not a pet person at all. I still do think that people are blind, but in cases where it's the same behaviors they're also blind to their own problems and it extends outwards. You're right that humanity has a natural tendency to lie though, especially to ourselves.
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