|Barked: Sun Dec 9, '12 8:35am PST |
|I would try to read the body language of the dogs first before assuming the worst.
Most pups that young would probably be a bit fearful of dogs approaching them too. I'd just try to greet the dogs myself and try to make the best of the situation. If the pup is really frightened, I'd call out to the owners and tell them so. I've found that most dog owners are usually quick to respond when their dogs are scaring puppies.
Most dogs will usually head to your dog first, but sometimes if you offer your hand or attention, they'll get distracted.
I've found the quickest way to get them to go away is to let them investigate. The less they get, the more they want.
It most certainly doesn't make it right for their owners to let them. And I'm not suggesting to always cave, but in my experience, doing so just lets things go over more smoothly and is much quicker too.
Most people who let their dogs off leash knowing their dogs are going to run over to other people don't care that much about other people in that regard. But being nice to them usually lets you become close enough to where they'll be happy to help out and get their dogs faster or grab them when they see you out too.
All in all, I try to put a positive spin on it.
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