|Barked: Sun Jun 10, '12 9:16pm PST |
|Bella and I went down to the local swap meet last night, and it was a lot of fun. Overall it was a great learning experience for us, and her chill attitude had me impressed.
For a place that supposedly didn't allow dogs we saw quite a few small dogs who weren't very well behaved. Bella has been known to react to other dogs coming at her, and I am always scanning for them to make sure I can act appropriately to keep control of the situation. When we saw another dog, I would move with her to the other side of the aisle, and place her in a sit until the dog had passed, only once did I have to correct her, but that time the dog continued to move towards us. I was very proud to not hear a sound from her as any of the dogs passed.
There were lots of little kids at the swap meet, and as someone who loves kids I was a little disheartened to hear many of the kids say "please don't bite me pretty doggy" as they passed us. There was one child who did not listen when I told them that Bella was not allowed to be touched and would try to come up behind us to pet her. Thankfully I was with a few other people and one of them made it clear to the kid to leave us alone. Is there anything that you guys do to make it clear to children that your dog will not harm them, or is not allowed to be touched?
There was also a gentleman who bent down and ran his hand along Bella as we walked passed. I caught him doing it out of the corner of my eye and it took everything I had not to turn around and start screaming at him. There are certain people that I will allow Bella to visit with because we frequent the location, but she always has to wait for my signal before she is allowed to "go visit" with the person, and I never allow her to visit someone that we do not know. How do you guys deal with people who pet your dog in passing, if it has ever happened to you? I'm really wishing that I had said something to him because it was completely inappropriate but I was so upset I knew I wouldn't have been able to be polite about it.
At the end of the night there were fireworks going off, which is something that Bella hasn't had lots of experience around. They were pretty quiet, but still noticeable, and Bella didn't even seem phased! Over all I'm really pleased with how the outing went and am feeling more confident with having her in public.
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