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  1. Ed says:

    Thank you for this post – I wish all dog owners were as responsible as you are.

  2. cerebralcanine says:

    My most favorite line of all time occurred when Emma (my one-year-old black Lab) and I were hiking on an ON-LEASH ONLY trail recently. I have spent the past several months training her to ignore all things distraction…she suffers from the syndrome of loving everything and everybody way too much and wanting to go become part of everyone’s personal space. As we were walking, ON LEASH, another Lab charged aggressively towards us, and as it rapidly approached, I heard the owner (seated comfortably on a fallen tree) yell, “Don’t worry, she doesn’t bite….she only nips!”

    Come on, people!!

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      although this is so wrong, it cracks me up that someone would even let those words come out of their mouth. Because I tend to be a bit sarcastic I might have said, “yes, but I do bite…” Thank you for working so diligently with your dog on trails… we all need that inspiration…

      1. Tiffany says:

        My favorite response to those types of statements is to say “but mine does”. Now my lab takes after this posters and considering everyone and everything a friend but I wish folks would realize that they are responsible for their dogs safety too. What if the animal it is approaching isn’t friendly or doesn’t do well with other dogs, I might be too eager to try to put a little fear into them by invoking concern for their beloved pet when I hear “don’t worry, she doesn’t bite” or “don’t worry, she is friendly”. Now don’t get me started on owners not cleaning up after their dogs when hiking, that is another pet peeve I’m sure you will hit on in this series. Thank you!

  3. Nancy Fisher says:

    I experienced an off leash dog running toward Bridget when she was young. I hollered to the person to get their F……n dog under control. Response was , my dog is nice. My response was my poodle may very well eat your dog alive. She does not like strangers approaching me!! Human or canine. She made a great effort to get to her dog before dog got to us. I held Bridget off until she go her dog.

  4. Jeanne Allen says:

    YES! I wish all people would head these words! When I am walking off leash with my dogs, I call them back to me and make them sit while people or other dogs pass by. I think it is the polite thing to do! But what really rubs me the wrong way is that some people think my dogs are bad dogs and make a wide birth around us!

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      Hi Jeanne, spread the word around… that’s how it starts and the bar gets raised. I myself am not into self policing people and dogs when i am out and about. But I hope through my actions and my friends and clients actions that great things will continue to move forward…

  5. JIll Tressler says:

    Great post! I was on a leash walk with my 13 month old pup last week on a trail across a pasture from some homes. The walking trail is almost hidden from view of the homes and the grass in the pasture is getting long. An off-leash dog from one of the homes across the pasture bolted towards us with his owner following and screaming behind him. I did not react quick enough and the dog caught up and began attacking my dog. Luckily, the owner was close enough that he could take over laying on the dog (I actually fell on top of the dog trying to keep him from my dog’s throat), so I could walk off with mine. My dog did not react agressively on leash and was just as surprised that a doggie friend would not play nice. Anyway, he had some scratches and small puncture wounds, but is ok. I’m having a little PTSD after that incident. What would you have done in this situation?????

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