Walk-By Etiquette

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Airn, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Oh, it irritates me to no end when people do the unspoken greeting thing, because usually they're acting as though they're trying to gather their dog, but, oh, what can they really do? The puppies want to say HI!

    On the sidewalk, I gather up my dogs and for most people that's enough, although I've still had some approach directly (without asking) even then. The funny thing is that when people do ask and I politely decline, "No thanks, sorry!" they glare at me. So why did you even ask?

    Pet stores are the worst. Dogs just appear around the end of the aisle on flexi-leashes with no owner in sight. I usually say loudly, "Oh excuse you, where's your owner? Not paying much attention huh?" and then I shoo them away dramatically.
     
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    I don't let my dogs greet on leash. We walk on by.
     
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    If Tucker seems interested in greeting and it's a dog I know he'll like I'll ask them if they can meet. If they say no or it's the sort of dog I know Tucker will not enjoy (he doesn't react well to large dogs anymore unless they are the ones he knows already) I'll usually have him sit and do LAT so they can pass without him barking.

    I'll never let him greet a dog without asking unless the owner asks/makes it clear they want them to meet or I already know dog and owner and the dogs get to greet every time we see them.
     
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    Quinn is dog reactive so obviously no on leash greeting for us. I ask for her attention, maybe give her a leave it cue and we walk past. I may smile at the person to kind of gauge their intentions - if they slow down or let their dogs walk ahead I tell them that she's not good with other dogs and I put myself between them.
     
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    I guide mine as far to the side as reasonable, and pass by. People generally take the hint, and keep their dogs away. Tess is a bit reactive on leash, so I very much do not want her to "say hi". Particularly since she sometimes does the thing where she goes towards the other dog like she intends an appropriate greeting, then snarks at it when she gets close. She's never bitten another dog, but it scares people. Pi is perfectly fine with other dogs, but he doesn't need more friends, and I don't really trust other people's dogs.
     
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    We don't do leashed greetings. I bring her in close, step to the side, and walk past.
     
  7. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Oh wait, I will say... everybody seems to approach because Keeva is small and cute.

    Have not had that problem with the Malinois. :cool: Even in her pretty pink jacket!
     
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    Count yourself lucky! It seemed that everybody wanted to meet Harry, and he wanted their liver with a side of fava beans.
     
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    Yeah I haven't had anyone approach, dog or not, when I'm with Riley LOL Most people cross the street when they see us coming... He is DR anyways, so I will cross the street if they don't.

    Aura is fine, but I would still walk around the people/dog and not make any effort to meet.
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    LOL! A man outside of a retirement home did start yelling, "POOCHIE!!! POOCHIE! COME HERE LITTLE POOCHIE!!!" at us yesterday, which made Blossom bark (she's unsure of strangers).

    I said, "Oh sorry, she doesn't like strangers!"

    "WHAT'S THE MATTER POOCHIE?! YOU DON'T LIKE STRANGERS?!?! WHY NOT POOCHIE?!"

    :eek: LOL
     
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    I tend to choke up on the leash so people get the hint.

    However most place we walk on leash are at dog events.
     
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    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    I gather the dog(s) up at my side(s) and continue walking. No greeting, no touching, and if at all possible we'll give the person we are passing as wide of a berth as possible. Because even if my dog isn't dog reactive (although I'm so used to that I manage my dog like it is even if it isn't LOL), the other person's dog may have issues and there is nothing I hate more than some idiot letting his social, friendly dog bound towards my non-social, defensive dog on the premise that "his dog is friendly". I don't give a flying flip if your dog is friendly, mine is not, so back the **** off.
     
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    Assuming I have them both with me:
    We pull way off the path if we're on like a greenbelt. I have Lily down and Scout sit and we do LAT. With how much Scout's dog reactivity has gotten due to people who INSIST their rude dogs say hello.... sigh, yeah.
    On the sidewalk I will about face and run or cross the street if I can.
    On campus or at the cemetary where I've got good visual of where to escape to... I will about face and run the opposite direction to prevent Scout reacting.

    If I only have Lily with me I have zero worries to be honest. She's wonderful.

    If I only have Scout, can pass other dogs in heel, but will be subtly pulling forward hoping to escape them as quickly as possible. Sometimes her body language changes dramatically with her trying to make herself as inconspicuous and low to the ground as possible. Its so sad and unfair to her that rude and inconsiderate dog owners have created this issue for her. :(

    The saddest part of it all is that Scout LOVES properly introduced doggie friends. Rude people with rude dogs that insist on their dogs getting in her face have ruined outings in a lot of ways for us. :(
     
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    Most usually, no...we just keep walking.

    But sometimes Jose` (not Chuli) will show a friendly interest in another dog and that dog will show the same. So, I might ask the owner if she/he wants them to sniff. Usually, I'd only ask when they look tentative but interested...like they're thinking along those lines. If they say, "sure," we'll give them a try. I like Jose` to get a chance to socialize with his own species on occasion...besides the usual two dogs he is with regularly. Chulita is most disinterested in visiting with other dogs. So, this is reserved for Jose`. And it's quite rare that this comes up anyhow. He's a reactive dog when he sees other dogs, but not aggressive....just yappy...I think because he'd like to check them out. And I think it helps him with this to be able to meet and greet other dogs once in a while. He's actually gotten a lot quieter and less reactive, as I've been working on it with more attention on me training.
     
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    Say "heel" and keep on walking... If the other dog is making a fuss, you might catch me saying "leave it" or "watch me, whichever I feel like at the time. If the sidewalks narrow and the other dog is boisterous I'll go to the curb lawn and ask for a sit-stay in the heel position until they pass. I'll do a leash greeting if they ask... And if I'm okay with the body language both the dogs and the other owner :p lol
     
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    I just cross the street or if it looks like the other owner has their dog under control, I'll go off to the side, but I never let Matrix greet other dogs on leash.
    Well, unless it's my neighbour's dogs. He loves them to no end.
     
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    If I'm just walking one dog I will often switch them to my right side and say "leave it" and walk past. Maybe smile and say hello to the person if they're looking like they want to say something to me, but I never stop for the dogs to say hello. Just keep going.

    If I'm walking all of them, I move off of the sidewalk out of the way (cause we take up nearly the whole sidewalk together), put my dogs in a wait and tell them to leave it. Again, I don't let anyone greet anybody. Especially if all three are with me. The last thing I want is for everyone to get excited all at once or for there to be a problem.

    If the dog coming toward us looks sketchy sometimes I cross the street too if there is somewhere safe to do that.

    I am kind of anti social when walking my dogs on leash. Part of that is from having a leash reactive dog in the past, but it's also just easier to make sure my dogs are all paying attention and focus 100% on them than have to worry about what might happen if they met the approaching dog. On off leash walks I'm much friendlier, but I am sure people sometimes think I'm rude for not being overly friendly on leashed walks when they want to stop and chat and let the dogs play.

    If it's just people approaching I still move my dogs out of the way in case they don't like dogs. And if I'm not in a hurry and they ask to meet my dogs, I allow them to meet the Dobermans. Not Dance though unless she seems calm and happy (some people she just decides to really love for some reason, others she thinks should be barked at). So yeah, meeting people is generally fine with me depending on the dog. I just don't stop to greet other dogs.
     
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    This pretty much describes what I do. Occasionally, for example if I know the person and the dog, I'm ok with letting the dogs greet one another. That's usually the only time I'm ok with that.
     
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    I usually put my dog on the opposite side of me from the other dog and keep walking. She has great dog-dog social skills, but doesn't LOVE other dogs, so I figure I'm protecting her from getting mauled by an overly friendly or overly unfriendly dog.

    Actually, now she will usually tell me if she wants to switch sides or not. I pretty much listen to her. :) She knows "cross" (change sides in front of me) and "switch" (change sides behind me) so it's easy to reposition her. Though sometimes I feel like I'm showing off when I tell her "switch" and she does so while the other dog is lunging and dragging it's owner down the street. :rolleyes:

    Personally I prefer not to socialize on walks as I'm usually either on a schedule or exercising.
     
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    Yeah, pretty much ditto this for us. Sienna can be quite snobby as well LOL.
     

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