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Actually walking away from a barking dog isn’t the best choice you have. When walking away you lose the opportunity to watch for the dogs intention. If the dog is trying to claim territory it shouldn’t lay claim of, like a road, you should always stay your ground and claim it as your rightful territory. Then the dog either has to concede or fight for its new territory. And as it is the one challenging you, it is more likely to concede than carry out its challenge.
Sorry to stomp on your pleasure, Father, but both the iPad and the iPhone are computers, and so is your digital recorder too. So, next time leave those at home, if you want a computer free vacation.
Just heard your C.W. episode Fr., and all I could think of was Monte Python, “Why do you think I have this OUTRAGEOUS accent, you silly English pig-dog!?!” Glad you had such an enjoyable vacation!
Hope to hear from you soon!
In Jesus, through Mary, in union w/St. Joseph,
Dan H., from Boston
@ Koppa Dasao:
I think, Fr. Roderick knows best what he wants to have with him on vacation, don’t you think so? Regarding your dog tips, I beg to differ. I own a dog for 14 years. I can agree to everything Fr. Roderick said in this episode. If you encounter a dog you do not know, it is best to treat it with ignorance. Don’t look into the dog’s eyes and just ignore it. Keep on moving, do not run away. Do not “violate” its territory, if you can. With you doing that, the dog will lose interest in you, because it will realize that you do not care about it or its territory. You just have to stay calm. I do get your point, Koppa. But, why should a total stranger confront a dog? It might end in a not so pleasant experience. Fighting with a dog is not something I would strive for during my vacation.
Ok, change of topic… Fr. Roderick, I want to encourage you to post Catholic Insider episodes. I will look forward to the Catholic Insider, which still is my most favorite podcast. I really, really, really miss those good ol’ times. Thank you very much!
Of course one shouldn’t challenge a dog on its territory, but when a dog challenge you outside its territory it expects to be challenged as an intruder. It doesn’t matter if one is a stranger to the dog as it is the intruder on your territory. As for walking away will make a dog lose interest, that is incorrect. The dog stops challenging the possible intruder when it has left the dogs territory, not because it has lost interest. A dog that has learned that its territory doesn’t include the road outside the fence doesn’t challenge a passer-by, only those who enter the yard, its territory.
A dog doesn’t think like a man, even though dogs are man’s best friend.
I agree with you 100% on the fact that a dog does not think like a man.
It may be different from country to country, but when you encounter a loose dog in Germany on a street without its owner nearby, you are dealing with a dog does not know its territory in the first place. Because otherwise, it would not have left the property it has to stay on. And the owner has potentially violated laws letting his dog loose on a public road. So, you are basically encountering a dog that got out of line. My primary objective in a situation like that is to get rid of the dog without getting hurt. So I check myself, if I violated the dog’s territory (that is the territory the dog thinks it is “his”), I keep on moving (I am not talking about running away) out of “its territory” and I do not watch the dog into its eyes. Notice the difference between walking/running away and just keep on moving. Me personally, I would prevent confronting the dog. I would talk in a calm and nice voice. The dog would eventually realize that I am not interested in its territory. Hey, it worked for me that way many times in the past. So, I totally get Fr. Roderick’s “behavior” in France, when he encountered some dogs. Your option may be fine for you, but like I said: I do not see myself in fighting with dogs I do not know. And I do get your point, when it comes to dog education. Or when I want to show that I am the boss and not the dog. But like I said: my objective is to get away unharmed and not to demonstrate to the dog that I am the new alpha leader in the area.
Notice the use of “my” and “I” in me talking about the situation. Feel free to have a different opinion. That’s fine.
Are you sure you are OK your face looks soo thin?
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