Some people just do not get along well with other animals. My dad is the one person in my family that is most likely to get bitten, stomped on, or scratched.
My puppy gets excited easily and instead of trying to keep her calm my dad gets her more excited, resulting in the puppy nipping or scratching him.
He also pets my cats really rough. My cats avoid him if they can, but he has gotten bitten about 3 times now, and had to go on antibiotics (and once to the hospital) as the bites get infected. One time it was my bf's very sweet cat. I don't know what my dad did, as that cat has never offered to bite anyone, but he got nailed. Another time it was my timid female cat who is super sweet.
It is only him who gets bitten! It doesn't matter how much I explain how he should behave, or not to be so rough with the animals, he still does the same thing!
He also seems to think that if he is walking the cats or dogs should move out of his way immediately. It just doesn't work. Sometimes he trips over them or steps on their tail!
Or they stand under his feet and get stepped on.
"relative of a relative that was there walked across the camp waving a large sunshade, backed her to the end of her lead into a corner so she was choking herself to get away and before anyone could stop him, she nipped him and ran."
This sticks out to me, why on earth would you approach a dog who is trying to get away from you? Especially when it is not your dog?
" The barn owners husband came up from behind her and tried to step over her."
These people are not the owner of this dog, and yet they behave as if they are, and expect the dog to just put up with it. If I'm visiting someone's house, I would be going around their dog, not getting into the dog's personal space.
My childhood dog bit my friend in her face... She stuck her face right up into his face and he felt threatened. He wasn't a mean dog, but we were kids and I don't think she knew better.
Yes you can put your face next to your own dog, or step over your own dog, but would you do that to a strange dog? I don't think children would understand that difference. It appears some adults don't either!