|Barked: Wed Aug 29, '12 7:34pm PST |
|The other day, the weirdest... well one of the weirdest, things ever happened. My fiance and I had Ria outside for a pee break and this random kid comes up and asks us, "Can I walk your dog?" to which, my fiance promptly replied, "I don't think so, no."
Anyone ever had STRANGERS come up and ask to walk your dog? These kids apparently went to my friends house and harassed her too, even though they KNOW her dog is very reactive with strangers. And they harassed her about it more than once, I'm lucky I only had them show up once.
Would you let a stranger, let alone a strange CHILD walk your dog? Personally, I wouldn't, even if they were doing it around the neighborhood for money. Why? My dog is reactive, my dog is a puller, and I would not feel my dog was SAFE in the hands of these kids. These are kids who I've frequently seen walking with a little bichon/shih-tzu mix that they end up dropping the leash of, and chasing him/her ALL over the field and townhouses. Not to mention, why would I want my dog to be walked with and SURROUNDED by large groups of children, particularly when I don't know how they would treat my dogs? Gah...
I don't even let my nine year old brother, or twelve year old sister walk my dogs without me RIGHT there. And those are my own siblings...
There's already a few problems I have with my neighborhood - kids were not taught manners when it comes to approaching strange dogs, and everyone with a small dog lets them run around off leash, without any control over said dog whatsoever.
When Ria was here for her first week, a whole group of girls around ten, were walking towards us. So I immediately grabbed my dogs to try to haul them in the house. The girls SURROUNDED us at my steps, scaring the crap out of my puppy, and making Charlie go nuts, and they hadn't even asked to pet them. I was FURIOUS. I ended up saying, right before any of them could touch my dogs, "Excuse me, I'm going to make a suggestion. Next time, ASK to pet a persons dog, particularly dogs you don't know. What if my dogs were biters? One of you could have been bit, because I was trying to take them inside and you girls didn't give us space."
They didn't learn, to say the least. If I had had Maya at the time, she would have likely tried to have bite one of them, but luckily, I had two friendly dogs, one of which was a pup that got quite the fright and I had to just hope and pray that it didn't backfire on any socializing I planned to do(several months later and she's fine, btw).
So, yeah... I've had some weird experiences with strangers and my dogs. I even had a guy try to tell and SHOW me how to 'train' my dog how to walk on a leash properly, using Cesar Milan tactics. Sigh.
I also had a neighbor say "Poor Charlie" to the fact he's always on a leash. Yet we live in Bunny Heaven.
Edited by author Wed Aug 29, '12 7:36pm PST
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