To The Small Dog at the Dog Park (But Mostly to the Owner)

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Dog aggression isn’t cute no matter who is being aggressive – not even the tiniest teacup pup.  Not only is it not cute, but it’s incredibly hypocritical.  Big dogs might be capable of doing more damage, but if it’s not ok for them to do it, it’s not ok for the little guys, either.


This comes from Kortney Chel Gembe (with original post below so it can continue being shared):


To the small dog at the dog park…

I don’t keep my 75-lb. pit away from you for your safety, I keep him away from you for his safety. Today at the dog park my big boy ran around with two other larger dogs; when they left there was only you left. You were a cute little fluff ball! You weren’t, however, in the section of the dog park that is for small dogs. You were on the wrong side of the fence.

We decided that it was time to go, and while I was getting Toby’s leash, he ran up to play with you. You had that little tennis ball. That is Toby’s favorite toy, too! You growled at him so he lay down on his front elbows and whined and sniffed at you, and then you bit his face. He looked taken aback and I called him over to go.

My blood went hot and your owner laughed into the phone to her friend that you had just growled at this huge dog! I didn’t find it funny. At all. She didn’t see you bite my Toby so I made sure she knew, because you see, a lot of people think that small dog syndrome is cute. That “I’m gonna growl and snap because I think I am as big as you” little attitude is adorable. I don’t.

See, if you do that to another small dog and it bites you back it is no big deal, but if my big dog tries to stand up for himself and bites you, he would be the one ridiculed. Your owner would have scooped you up in a panic and yelled at me or, God forbid, hit or kicked at my Toby. You would be babied and loved because you got bit, even though you were the one being a bully.

So, small dog at the dog park, please don’t bite at the big dogs, and to the owners of small dogs, please don’t condone small dog syndrome. If you wouldn’t want my big dog to do it to your small dog, don’t let your small dog do it to my big dog.






To the small dog at the dog park…I don’t keep my 75lb pit away from you for your safety, I keep him away from you…

Posted by Kortney Chel Gembe on Saturday, October 31, 2015




219 thoughts on “To The Small Dog at the Dog Park (But Mostly to the Owner)”

  1. It is about time someone spoke up and said this! I 100% totally agree. I have a pug/pit bull mix and she is about 45lbs. When we take her to the dog park, it is ALWAYS the tiny dogs that are the most aggressive and mean to her. Yet when their owners see my dog approach they race to scoop up their little precious in fear that my dog will “eat” their dogs. It’s utterly ridiculous. My dog never has been aggressive, has never growled at or bitten another dog. Yet because of her looks and her size, she is seen as a danger. It’s unfortunate.

  2. I raise Pommies and have a larger dog also. The Poms have a fenced yard off the front door and they are usually in it whenever the day is good for them to be out. If anyone comes to my door they are making a racket and trying to get to the person not to bite but to get loved on, anyone can put their hand in and pet them whether a child or adult. The one large dog is in another yard he can get playful and could hurt the poms and puts his paws and head over the fence to be petted also. I will not have a dog that bites I train them to be loving and non aggressive. I also will have any dog or cat spay/neutered that I will not have as a breeder and have it in the contract to do so also, I know that I will get people telling me how bad I am for breeding but I will not breed every time she comes into heat and I want you to get a beautiful healthy pup and that means keeping healthy moms and dads that is loved and well taken care of,
    As a owner of small dogs I am sorry that these jerks thinks it cute when their small dogs act out because the owners don’t do their job. I am not talking of the owners that have small dogs that they warned others of their dogs problems they are at least doing their part.
    I hope Toby heals quickly and I agree she should have gotten the owners info and reported it and if it happens to anyone of you report the small dogs it could save a small child from scars and fear of dogs for the rest of his/hers life.

  3. Well put. I own two giant breed dogs who are very sweet and calm, but weigh over 160 lbs each. When my husband and I take them to the groomer, I am shocked at how many owners of small dogs allow them to come up to my dogs and aggressively bark or growl at them. They don’t know if my dogs are aggressive or not, but these idiots actually think it is cute or funny. If my dogs defended themselves, they would be viewed as these big aggressive dogs who hurt a little dog. I also own a small 22 lb dog and I would never let her do that to any dog.

  4. Ok this really needs to be said. As the caretakers of fur babies, it is our responsibility to teach them proper behavior, BUT ALSO respect that everyone is at different stages of training.

    I have a small pup, and she was not socialized correctly in her previous home. We are working very hard on curbing bad behaviors, but her previous traumas left the scars of overwhelming anxiety in certain situations. Sounds like something we as humans can relate to, right? She is a sweetheart, but big dogs make her nervous. We are working on it and making so much progress! We are not ready for big puppy playtime at parks, so we don’t go. But we still have to go outside to go potty, and there are lots of dogs in the apartment complex. Your two Siberian huskies may be very friendly, but she is not yet ready for you to let them to both approach her at once. Their heads are as big as her body! If she hits her wall and tries to fight her way out of there before I can diffuse the situation, do not be angry her, or at me.

    Always ASK before petting a new dog, and always ASK before bringing your pups over to someone else’s. One moment of fear and one bite can end in a dog being mauled, or the mauler being put down. No one wants that. It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s on the owner who was irresponsible in causing a risky confrontation. In my case, it was the big dog owner at fault. In the case below, it was the little dog owner. But in neither case was it ever a dog’s fault.

    Let’s stop the problem before it starts, and there will be nothing for onlookers to point at and use as an excuse to stereotype a breed as dangerous! End animal cruelty from the personal level, and it will cease to exist in the mainstream.


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