One of the major rules of our walking group is that there are no dog greetings allowed before, during, or after our walks. We do this for 3 reasons:
1. Since we invite reactive dogs to our group, we almost always have one or two on our walks. Establishing a "no greetings" policy ensures that all members are aware of their dogs, and takes some of the burden off of reactive dog owners.
2. Because we have reactive dogs in our group, we try to limit the level of excitement as much as possible as a high-energy level can trigger many reactive pooches. Eliminating greetings helps us do just that.
3. Not allowing greetings has its benefits for social butterflies as well. Many of these dogs want to greet others and will pull and and whine to go meet other dogs. Walking as a pack helps with this behavior.
What benefits do you notice from not allowing your pooch to greet others?