Acknowledge the leash is a common issue. During our walk today with the doodle gang I experienced a common scenario. A large boisterous friendly dog came bounding over to greet the doodles. I gathered all four doodles to the side of the walkway as he approached. He crashed with exuberance into the middle of the pack scattering them in different directions whilst the owner yelled “don’t worry he’s friendly”.
I shouted back “no problem – can you please recall your dog as I have a puppy in training with me”. The owner was very obliging and started frantically calling her dog back to her. The dog ignored her and continued to trample over my doodle pack. I decided to pick up the particularly small puppy whilst my elderly doodle got increasingly annoyed with the boisterous intruder.
In order to avoid any discontent – I leashed up the intruder myself and walked him back calmly to his owner with my doodle gang, whereby I handed him over along with my business card and asked her to contact me to fix his recall.
So the moral of this story is “Acknowledge the Leash”. If you see another dog on a leash as my puppy was – please leash up your own dog and keep control.
If you don’t notice that the dog is on leash – no problem, just recall your dog away when the other owner asks you too. However, if you cannot recall your dog away from a distraction – that is a problem and you need to get help from a professional so you and your dog can master this essential command.
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