To most people walking their pooch is one of the best reasons to own a dog. There’s nothing better than the morning stroll with your best pal by your side, as they investigate the morning sniffs and shoot the breeze with their four legged friends.
We must remember though, that there are people out there who don’t have dogs, don’t understand dogs and worse still just don’t like dogs. So with these weirdos in mind ,we thought we’d come up with some rules of the road to make everyone’s life a little bit easier.
1. Your little shitsu, Poppy might look like a powder puff, but don’t forget, she’ll be shoulder high to a two year old and probably looks more like a werewolf. So play close attention when walking her off the lead near children. This rule applies to all dogs. (We’re not picking on shitsus)
2. If you walk your dog off the lead, be aware of other dogs who are kept on a lead. Every dog is different and you can never be sure why they are being restrained. They might just be a bit of a flight risk, in season or poorly, perhaps a neighbour walking a friend’s dog, or the dog could be a rescue or they could just be a little s***. As a rule, if you can avoid your little tike approaching them, then it’s probably a good idea. Alternatively there’s no harm in shouting ahead to find out what the other dog’s situation is. “Is he/she friendly?” If the dog in question is foaming at the mouth, has glowing red eyes and its head is rotating a full 360 degrees… then it’s probably a good idea to give them a wide berth, (unless of curse you have biccies).
3. Dog’s will often try to protect you...in fact it’s probably more accurate to say they will always try to protect you. (unless there might be biccies nearby). This can be more pronounced when they also have a territory to defend. So be wary when sitting a bench or setting up a picnic. The last thing you need on a lovely summer’s day is twenty foot exclusion zone monitored by a little furry patrol guard hollering like Beelzebub every time anyone gets within fifty feet of you. Distraction is always a good technique and unless you’re a proper idiot, you should be smart enough to keep Attila busy while you enjoy your sarnies.
4. Road sense, we humans can’t really claim mastery over it, so it’s a bit unfair to assume our pets have any Do you remember the Tufty Club? Can you imagine your dog taking road safety classes from a squirrel?. It would be more likely to get killed chasing poor Tufty across the road. Can you imagine how devastated you’d be if your best friend ran under the wheels of a car? It doesn’t matter how good they are normally. All it takes is a squirrel, a fox or even another dog on the other side of the road and you’d have to live with it. If you can see a busy road, keep your dog on the lead.
So there we have it, four simple tips to protect your mutt from the public at large and vice versa. (also always have some Biccies, but then we all know that’s a given.)