|Barked: Thu May 24, '12 2:05pm PST |
|Yes, if Jazzy tried to say hi to somebody who didn't want her greetings, you were right to apologize.
He should have said "I'm uncomfortable with dogs this close. Can you please get her closer to you?"
And then you say "Oh, I'm really sorry. She's still in training, and we're working on ignoring other people. It's hard for her -- she's really friendly -- but it shouldn't happen and I apologize. I'll keep a closer hold on her now."
As a guide dog raiser, I'm definitely familiar with the training stage of things. When I work with my dog I like to keep a completely loose lead to have her make the decisions (and not behave simply because she's on a leash) but when I am in non-pet friendly places, I always always have a hand on the leash closer to the collar so I have immediate control if my pup tries to say hi. It takes a special way of holding the leash and practice to have that lightning-fast reaction. My feeling is in non-pet-friendly places, other people's right not to be harassed by a dog outweighs my right to train. And by "harassed" I mean everything from jumped on to simply being greeted.
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