Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Dog is Friendly!

Edison is making huge improvements walking.  We've been working on walking him sans-prong with really great results.  We still make sure to give ourselves plenty of room should we come across another dog, pedestrian, or bicyclist by moving across the street or waiting on the tree-lawn.


In doing so, we rarely have issues with people or dogs.  But every once in a while, people disregard our requests.


They will walk too close to us with their dog (yes, I know he's friendly -- mine needs space!), or continue approaching Edison even though he's too excited (but, can you blame them?  Look at that face!)


It all makes it very hard.  We try to set up for success 100% of the time, but some things are out of our control.  We do our best to intercept, re-direct, or move away.  And when all that fails, sometimes Edison proves us wrong and is on his best behavior.


Do you have trouble with other pedestrians/dog walkers on your walks?  How do you handle it?

9 comments:

  1. We do have trouble sometimes, that's when we usually cross the street or turn and go the other way!

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  2. I am absolutely baffled by the number of dog owners who let their pups roam unleashed or loose leashed in the city but think it is ok because their dog "is friendly." How is it possible to not consider the needs and safety of every other dog on the street?

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    1. It is definitely frustrating! We try to use those moments as a teaching experiences, if we can!

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  3. Even though Kaya & Norman are super friendly, I don't trust other people's judgement in their own dogs and I cross the street in our neighborhood. We are also always working on training on those walks. When walking around town I usually let them meet other dogs who seem friendly.

    While hiking off leash though we sometimes run into the opposite of "my dog is friendly!" which is people asking, "is your dog is friendly?" In my mind I sarcastically think, "No, I have taken them to a designated off leash trail, let them loose and they are going to viciously attack your dog even though they are totally ignoring it or approaching with a wagging tail and tongue out." Instead I just say "yes" :/

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    1. HA! You'd definitely be surprised at the number of people that let their dogs roam off-leash and do not have any control of them!

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    2. True! I've unfortunately run into them:(

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  4. I remember early days with Melvin and having to run away from people who would not hear the words I was speaking 'my dog does not want to meet your dog'. Some thought it was a game and chased us!

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    1. YIKES! I bet it is difficult with Melvin because everyone has the "oh, labs are so friendly!" idea.

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