IMG_3864.JPG

Not so Wordless Wednesday #25

It’s Spring!

That means everyone and their pups are coming out of hibernation, which isn’t always a good thing.

Just yesterday when we went for our walk, we ran into a really annoying and potentially dangerous situation.

We got out of the truck no issue, got everyone ready and started our Walk for a Dog app, then got down to the business of walking. We hadn’t gone more than one hundred yards when there was a group of girls wanting to go for a social walk with their dogs, both of which were not on leashes.

An older Dachshund who was well-behaved and stayed close to the owner, and bully breed type puppy (couldn’t have been too much older than one year old) who was NOT well-behaved.

So there we were trying to continue on our walk, but unable to since the puppy was standing in the middle of the path antagonizing our dogs by not letting us pass. The owner called out to the pup FOUR times and she still didn’t respond! It took me walking between the line of sight for the pup and our dogs to respond to her owner (Kevin had all the dogs I had Leelynn in the stroller).

When we finally were able to pass I heard the girl telling her friends that: “This is why I don’t like walking here, all these aggressive dogs!”

EXCUSE ME!

  • You were blocking our path
  • Your dogs were not leashed (never mind that it is illegal except for in designated area which our greenway is not one)
  • Your dog was at least 50 feet away from you
  • Your dog was not under reliable voice command (I’ve seen a few pups on our walks that were, and didn’t stray and have no issue with them)
  • Your dog insisted on continuing to block our path after you had moved out of the way, which our dogs understandably took as a confrontational act and response accordingly. (Which was barking at the end of their leashes)

… and you have the gall to say our dogs were aggressive?

The whole encounter was upsetting, I don’t like seeing my dogs react like that, but who can blame them? Wouldn’t you consider a person walking by themselves, and not moving aside but instead blocking the path of a group of people a confrontational action? If not, at the very least it would be considered rude!

531935_706629842680935_1147759640_n

30 comments on “Not so Wordless Wednesday #25

  1. Robin

    Some people will never be able to see that they are the problem in situations like that. I’m glad that you guys were eventually able to get your walk in. You have a beautiful group of dogs 🙂
    Robin recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: April Fools DayMy Profile

  2. Elaine

    Urgh, so frustrating! I don’t have a problem with off-leash dogs either but if your dog is off-leash and other people and dogs approach, you should have them under your control, which means right beside you and listening to you or on-leash. Some nerve then to complain about your dogs on top of that. I love the picture though! 🙂
    Elaine recently posted…Adopting a Dog When You Have a CatMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I agree, we all need to be courteous of others, we aren’t the only ones wanting to walk on that trial. We as pet owners, collectively, need to also be aware of any gaps in our pets training and be actively rectifying the situation or avoiding the triggers as much as possible.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

  3. Marie

    When walking dogs on-leash is always a difficult (and potentially dangerous) situation when you encounter dogs that are off-leash. You never know how the dogs are going to react and the one on-leash is at a bit of a disadvantage. Then the comment! That’s terrible! Glad to hear it all ended safely.
    Marie recently posted…Dogs and Bones – A Dangerous CombinationMy Profile

  4. City dog expert

    Eck. This sadly happens to me way too much when out with clients dogs. so sorry it ruined your walk.

    But on a positive, you helped a shelter in need by using the app

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      It really did bother us the rest of the day, but we tired not to let it get in the way of enjoying such gorgeous day!

      I love using those ‘walk to donate’ apps! I have two, so I’ll use one and Kevin will use another so we do double duty!
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Thank you, I love how the pet blogging community is right here more than happy to remind me that not every pet parent is rude or clueless!
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

  5. Carol

    Our GSD mix is leash reactive. There are several people in our neighborhood who allow their little dogs to run around their yards off leash. Twice one of the small dogs has run up to Jade (who is tall and weighs 70 lb) barking, growling, very aggressive behavior in dog language. The second encounter, I had to physically tackle Jade to keep her away from the small dog. My dogs are on leash when we are outside. Yet if my leashed dog defended herself against the unleashed small dog who was acting aggressively she would be the one punished. In our neighborhood, the “bully breeds” are typically the better behaved dogs. 🙂
    Carol recently posted…(Not at All) Wordless Wednesday; From Shelter to HomeMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I know that was what was so shocking! We normally don’t have issues with any of the bully breeds, it is almost always the little dogs or the very young pups that still have a lot of learning to do.

      It just happened that this young pup that still had some learning to do was a bully breed. I’m sure she was sweet, she just wasn’t aware of how her own actions were not acceptable, nor was she under good voice command which seriously irks me!

      I know I get embarrassed when mine don’t listen, how on earth the owner wasn’t embarrassed I have no clue.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

  6. Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner

    OMG…you spotted the very rare well behaved Dachshund? 🙂

    I don’t blame you for being frustrated. I was hiking on a leash-required trail with Gretel last month when an off-leash dog ran right up to Gretel. She’s an anxious little girl but usually keeps it together if she can have her space. He barked and growled at the dog and I heard one of the owner say “watch out for that dog, it’s aggressive”. I was so mad but I managed to keep my mouth shut.

    I remember being a clueless dog owner so it’s hard for me to get too mad but it still does irritate me how little people know about their dogs and dog behavior in general.
    Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner recently posted…Pawstruck Natural Chews: The Stuff Doggy Dreams Are Made OfMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Yes, this wasn’t the only well behaved Dachshund I’ve ever encountered either!

      I admit I had my fair share of ‘dog owner stupidity’ as well but I don’t think I ever blamed someone else for my own ineptitude.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      There are times I wish CGC training was mandatory or at the very least manners classes! But then what good do either of those do if you aren’t consistent with your training/reinforcement after achieve those certificates?
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I don’t think we will, I have a feeling she got chewed out by a few other dog owners that day, enough to make her rethink her walking strategy.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I’ve learned from similar encounters at the Bark Park that while I would have felt better for having said something, it wouldn’t have solved anything, and my dogs would still be in the vicinity of the offending dog.

      All we wanted to do was get as far away from the problem pup as possible and enjoy the rest o our walk.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

  7. Fur Everywhere

    I’m sorry you ran into that situation. It is illegal to have dogs off-leash here, too. I hope you don’t run into many more of these situations as the weather warms up.

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I’m thinking we won’t, as the weather warms up people and their pets will be out more and more so the pups will get back into the groove of behaving or, the owner will be to embarrassed to go anywhere with out taking some manners classes.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      That would solve a lot of problems, but I’ve also encountered some people who did have their pets leashed and were still rude (granted the pets were on a flex lead, and for me those don’t count as a leash).
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

  8. Pawesome Cats

    Your dogs are beautiful and the family photo is adorable. The same thing happens on our side of the world… speaking from a non-dog owner perspective, off-leash dogs can be quite intimidating even when they’re not overly aggressive.

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I totally agree, if it was just me solo, I wouldn’t have had an issue, but knowing that I had my child, and dogs that were leashed and could potentially view this unleashed dog as a threat it was a HUGE issue.

      In most cases we can jog past any dogs we encounter that may cause ours to react, but we weren’t so lucky with this trip.
      Victoria Carter recently posted…BlogPaws 2015 PrepMy Profile

Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge