Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doggone Excuses

Have you ever tried to walk your dog, only to be confronted by other loose dogs in the neighborhood? Some are just curious, however some Kelly and I have encountered have been aggressive. Kelly, also, is not all too friendly toward other dogs, which is why I keep her on a leash when we walk in the city. It's always a stressful situation, and one that almost led to me give up taking walks--depriving both Kelly and I of healthful exercise. Then I found a solution.

Read our story, Doggone Excuses, in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Shaping the New You, to find out how we learned to handle this stressful situation, and continue to enjoy walking together!

How do you and your dog handle loose dogs on your walks?

19 comments:

  1. Since Billy doesn't lie other dogs at all, I end up having to pic him up, to "save" him" lol

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  2. I dread loose dogs when I am walking the boys, friendly or not it usually ends up with me on the ground.

    I think I need this book seeing as I always have anxiety about this issue:)

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  3. @Gloria I wish I could pick up Kelly but she's a bit too heavy!

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  4. @jen oh no ending up on the ground is not good! I know your boys are friendly, but they're heavy!!

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  5. Luckily we know most of the dogs in our neighborhood and they are friendly. There are a few houses that our Mama just doesn't walk us past, because those dogs bark and growl and chase us... but most of them just want to play!

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  6. I can find an excuse for everything! Haven't stopped by in a while, so glad to see the blog is still going strong. Love that Kelly thanks me for my comment :)

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  7. Loose doggys are a nightmare
    Benny & Lily

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  8. I'm glad to know others feel the same about loose doggies. I live in the city, so I don't know most of the neighbors. Maybe it would be better in a smaller suburban neighborhood, perhaps. p.s. can you imagine letting your dog run loose in the city?

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  9. I am only nervous when I have Grover out walking and we see a loose dog. I usually yell to the owner to please leash up their dog until we pass. I usually get the comment don't worry he or she is friendly! Grover usually smilies with his Pearly Whites when he walks by.

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  10. i used to be quite nervous because georgia, fresh from the rescue, was a bit of a handful. she YOWLED and lunged at every dog that went by, on or off leash.

    these days, she's a social butterfly. but she had 3 bad experiences lately with unleashed dogs, 1 came flying out of a shop and tried to bite her [a daschund - please don't laugh], a 2nd DID bite her on NYE [it lunged out from its own porch so maybe that doesn't count] and on christmas day, an off-leash dog came running up to the car as we were about to leave the rellies. georgia was already in the back and OMG! it was panic stations. the walker HAD NO LEASH ON HIM, which i believe is against the law here. he was SO nonchalant, i spat a dummy at him. in retrospect, i shouldn't have held georgia back because in all likelihood, she would have been okay with the dog.

    so in short, i DO NOT LIKE dogs that are off-leash where they shouldn't be. and worse, owners who don't care.

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  11. Since I work at home, I get to walk Jersey at "odd" times, when nobody is out and about in the neighbourhood.

    Thankfully, the loose dogs that live near me are pretty friendly. As a bonus, Jersey will not run up and greet strange dogs, which helps a lot.

    However, I WILL NOT visit the dog parks in my area since that's usually where the fights happen, usually due to owner inattention. Jersey is a lover, not a fighter :)

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  12. Mum don't even walk us in our neighborhood anymores...we has to get in da car and drive to go on our walks. It ain't dat there are loose dogs(there are but dats not my point) we have leashed dogs dat are uncontrollable by their owners.

    Puddles

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  13. @Puddles too bad you can't walk in your own neighborhood because other pet owners are irresponsible. grrr.

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  14. Thanks for stopping by! Happy dogs on thursday!

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  15. I can't really say that I've got that problem, and it is rare if we see a loose dog in our neighborhood, if we do it is probably lost.

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  16. Mom has quite the stuggle handling 3 dogs when there are loose ones around..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

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  17. Thanks for stopping by our blog and wishing Holly a happy gotcha day for her four years with me! I can see The Cocker Spaniel in her face but the rest of her is looking mostly like a Golden Retriever! Whatever she is, I find her adorable. As far as walking, we never walk in the neighborhood that we live in because of not only dogs running loose, dogs walked by rather mean people but it's just not that safe. We go for a drive and then walk somewhere that we find pretty and safer. It's sad not to be able to walk out your door and down the street but that seems to be the way of this city anymore. Things have really changed for the worse since we bought this house 11 years ago. Lots of love, Holly and mom

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  18. @Holly your situation sounds a lot like ours here. I'm glad you can drive somewhere safer, at least. Sometimes here we encounter a loose aggressive dog dragging a piece of chain, now that's scary.

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  19. I have this problem and a lot! When I am told "they are fine" I say "But mine isn't!". Actually mine are, but it makes them scurry to grab their dog :)

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