The Narcissistic Dog
Have you ever noticed that the dogs that seem to have the biggest problems with other dogs, and people, are the little ones. They are usually the ones walked off the leash, they express more aggression than the larger ones, and are seldom taken seriously because they are so small.
Dogs are no different than most people. How they are socialized usually determines their behavior towards others. It is somewhat comical to watch that Toy Poodle or Tea Cup Yorkie go bezerk when you or another dog gets too close to their owner or them. If the same behavioral tendencies were displayed in a Pit Bull or Rottweiler that should be enough cause for most to have them put down. The potential for damage plays a role in our perception and reaction to not only dogs but people. But should it? Behavior is behavior and enabling is enabling either way.
Our interactions with one another largely determine our behavior. Could we improve our own behavior while enabling others? The little dogs are cute when they act up and behave out of control but that same behavior could strike the fear of death of us when acted out by a larger breed. People are no different. Inappropriate behavior in children is laughed upon, recorded and uploaded onto YouTube but gone unchecked long enough could become a public menace, or president.