Maybe I am just venting.
I work in a shared workspace that is 'dog friendly'. So far there are two dogs that come to work two or three days per week - Lila, my big bernedoodle, and Charlie a silly runaround ducktoller that follows here everywhere and she considers a nuisance. He steals her toys. She goes to get water, and he follows close behind. She rests, and he tries to play but eventually gives up and snuggles up with her and they both nap. It's pretty cute. They appear to understand each other.
Well, today a new company moved into the space and one of their employees brought in her dog. A big tall doberman cross. I thought I would check him out - beautiful dog. I approached from a good distance (maybe 25 feet) very slowly. As soon as he noticed me, the tail went down, and the growl started and he backed away. Total classic reactive dog. Okay, that's that then. Back to work.
Next thing I know I hear a loud bark, growl and snarl. Somebody did not notice the dog and walked by totally triggering the beast. It's not just me. This is no dog to have at work.
I spoke with the owner - she was giggling about it, patting the dog, and calling him silly - 50 pounds of lean and scary silly if you ask me. I asked her about the dog (who was keeping a very very careful eye on me) - she explained that he is only 9 mos. old and was 'sensitive'. I asked if he had bitten anyone, and she acted as if it was a crazy question - 'he would never do that'. The woman is clueless - not only WOULD he, but he WILL. I really feel it's only a matter of time. I asked her if the dog gets along well with other dogs, and she assured me he does. I wonder if that's true, but at any rate I expect Lila will read him in a minute and not go anywhere near him - she is good that way. Charlie on the other hand... we'll see.
If this continues, I will have to say something to management, because this is not a safe dog to have at work. I just hope it does not spoil it for Lila and Charlie.
This dog is not being protective, like a good doberman - it is the opposite of that confident fearless dog. It is acting more like an inbred basket case and the owner has no idea what she is dealing with.
I am so annoyed.