Sunday, February 07, 2010

Whoa Dog! - On A Dog Walk

I was working a young puppy the other day. The dog was barely a year old but was striving to please. He was also over one hundred fifty pounds already and not yet fully grown.

Of course early training is an absolute necessity. I was walking only a mile with him to start, but it's important to build the distance you walk your dog with time.

He was pretty well in the groove of following and not pulling a human... that is, until a dog who was dragging her owner full speed behind her charged us!

I put him into a sit behind me and faced the approaching dog. Seeing that I was not intimidated, the dog went around us and continued to drag her owner. The woman said. "You should keep walking."

I did not respond since it was not I who was being dragged like a helpless sack of flour!

So what should you do out walking your dog when confronted with an unruly dog? Tell your dog what to do and then face the approaching dog like a soldier in the military. You are not looking for trouble, but you do own your space.

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dog Walk Courtesy - Pick Up Poop!

It goes without saying that you should always pick up your dog's poop when he goes on other people's grass or around sidewalks and roads, and certainly anywhere people might walk. If you own the dog, you are responsible for the dog, and that includes his dog poop!

Be courteous. Be respectful of others.

But there needs to be some balance in all this. Cities add waste receptacles for trash that might otherwise be dropped on the road or in a park. Those can be used for smelly food scraps. Well, those should be available for bagged poop, too!

Rules are important, because some self-absorbed people don't tend to think of others and must be "reminded" to be courteous. But for those who are trying, there should also be some grace when there are extenuating circumstances - such as a thunderstorm, injury, or dog diarrhea and you're out of bags for the last droplets.

We need to face a couple of realities here:

(1) There are millions of dog owners around the world. People who don't like them need to learn to live with having them around, because they aren't going away.

(2) People get stuck in these stupid squabbles that don't mean anything... such as your neighbor's dog going to the bathroom in your yard. Don't call the police or Animal Control! Talk to your neighbor and try to resolve it.

(3) For anyone starting to post something reminding me to pick up my dog's mess, no matter how many I am walking... know that I pick it up every time they go. If you find it, it doesn't belong to my dog!

The point of writing this is asking all people to work together and be in balance.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Aggressive Dog Threatens My Dog on the Dog Walk

So what are you supposed to do if you are on your daily walk with Butch, and all of a sudden someone comes walking down the street with two dogs that are lunging for all they're worth and look like they will stop at nothing to get your dog?

Uncomfortable situation, huh?

If the neighbor makes no attempt to turn around, either turn around yourself - or - study the dogs and see who is leading the lunging. Walk Butch on the side closest to the least aggressive dog - better known as the "follower."

I face this situation almost every single morning now, and each day we come away fine.

Oh yeah ... Don't panic... R E L A X ...

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