Be On The Defensive…Not The Offensive
When we first learn to drive a car, we are taught to be a defensive driver, not one that acts in an aggressive manner where a situation could end in an accident. Well, actually, the same applies when you walk your dog. Without exception, it is always better to avoid a conflictive situation; to take appropriate action; to stay safe.
To Share Or Not To Share…The Sidewalk
Naturally, you have the right to walk your dog on the sidewalk. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility as a pet parent, to teach him to walk properly on the leash and eliminate the urge to pull, to lunge, to bark and growl, and to become ferocious.
Likewise, it is the responsibility of other pet parents who you are likely to come across on your walks to do exactly the same.
But, this is not a perfect world. Some dogs are hard to train, some dogs have never been trained, and some dogs have acquired certain negative behaviors as a result of previously being abandoned, injured, or abused.
If your dog knows another dog really well and they are both friendly towards each other, then there is no reason why they shouldn’t interact and rub noses. However, when this is not the case, and this is most of the time, the best advice I can give is…be on the defensive.
What I Do – When I see a dog walking towards me, I cross over to the other side. That will avoid coming face to face which could possibly result in a direct confrontation.
Sometimes, the other person walking the dog will act first and cross before you do. Sometimes, they will actually turn around and back track to find another route to walk along. Now that is one smart, responsible human!
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!