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Do you talk in person to other dog owners?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by cbcdesign, Jul 9, 2017.


  1. cbcdesign

    cbcdesign PetForums VIP

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    For me, interaction with dog walkers I see almost everyday is an enjoyable part of the daily walk which would otherwise be a bit samey. It also allows our dogs to get to know each other too and quite often whilst we human owners are interacting and walking along, our dogs are enjoying each others company too. I believe that social creatures which dogs and people are, benefit from these interactions.

    So how many of you have formed walking friendships of sorts with dog walkers you see to the point where you chat as and when you see each other?
     
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  2. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I don't walk the same routes or times each day - I have on the odd occasion walked with others I don't kow or chatted for a few moments but on the whole I just smile say hi and walk on past.
    I do have a few friends that have dogs who I meet up with for walks or runs regularly.
    But I really don't enjoy just standing around and chatting me and the dogs like to keep moving.
     
  3. lullabydream

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    I like to walk where there are no other dog walkers, or pretty zilch.

    Quite happy to say hello, known to say the odd comment or two but that's it.

    Walks are for me and the dogs, I prefer watching them running or walking, doing their thing. I interact with them, some days it might just be a few check ins reinforcing recall, other days a little bit more. The enjoyment I get from the interactions I have or simply watching my dogs running or sniffing on a simple offlead walk would be simply ruined if I was chatting about this and that...

    Walks with my dogs are just that, our time together and not a chore but something to be enjoyed or I think it would be pretty pointless.
     
  4. 3dogs2cats

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    I seldom see anyone, I can`t remember, beyond the time a few months ago when my dogs were attacked, when I actually met another dog walker. Out and about without my dogs, in the high street, community hospital etc. I chat to all sorts of people but I seek and get isolation when out with my dogs.
     
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    There are a couple of people I recognise whose dog gets on with Bungo and we will say hi and with one of them we might have a brief 'how are things' or might comment on the dogs. Otherwise I'd rather keep myself to myself.
     
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    My two are the only dogs in the village who own leads and are taken for a walk which the locals think is an extremely bizarre habit!

    And how shocking...... they sleep in the house and travel with me in the car which only confirms their opinion that the English are bonkers!!!

    As we always go to 1-1 training as well we never see other owners and their dogs either!
     
  7. EmCHammer

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    Yes there are quite a few on the walk that are friendly with. Alot of them are regulars on our morning walks and enjoy the social element our dogs all know each other and why not.

    Just because I'm stopping and talking or walking with someone doesn't mean my dogs are not enjoying the walk or I not getting peasure from the walks. We have all sorts of different walks on different days and in the mornings when feeling grumpy it often cheers my mood. I do try not to stop and chat for long as up against it in the am but often walk and chat and the dogs like the interaction. It's been really good for my nervous dog as socialisation without him realising it and my other dog is on short walks yet again so a stop and a chat on his walks keeps him out and about the house longer whilst not increasing g the excercise time too much and cheers him up.

    It's each to their own doesn't mean one type of walker is better or has better walks. Other times I go on a different route that is alot quieter.
     
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    Not these days, going back to my previous dogs we did use to meet up with a group of friends and walk together but the group got a bit big then I got my last rottie who was not sociable and got stressed by other dogs so we started walking in more remote areas which is what we do all the time nowadays. If we do pass someone I will have a brief chat - usually its because Indie is displaying her please say hello routine but we don't hang about for more than a few minutes and its rare.
     
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  9. kare

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    I would never plan to go to the same place twice so No I never meet the same people regularly and my walks never become samey for myself or my dogs without outside interaction.

    I have seen dogs get defensive of a local park or field, as though it is their property, because they go there every day. So I would actively avoid this situation for my dogs and avoid those people who take their dogs the same place repeatedly.

    My dogs will normally not get the same walk twice in the period of an average fortnight let alone "regularly" However we do go to the property of a local Trust more than once a week, on evenings after I have worked 10 hours, but you could likely walk for an hour every day for a week and easily not have to take more than a small section of the same route twice.

    Again with so much choice of routes you would be unlikely to meet the same people often enough to make friends (I have an "enemy" there though, ie a woman with 3 pugs, which for me is enough to be undesired for me, but who also does nothing to stop them running/barking at my dogs)

    I do not walk the same time of day often either so even if I went to the same place I would likely miss the same people going there day in and day out. I also live by the coast so often walks are set for times and places to match low or high tides (for example low for beach (or when judging quietest times away from beaches) high for tidal rivers (to avoid my retrievers swimming in mudbanks)
     
  10. Gemmaa

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    I met a nice man at a bus stop a couple of weeks ago. We were having a little chat about Bradley and bulldogs, and it was all very pleasant. Then he said "how old is he? .....they only live until they're about 7 so enjoy him while you can" :Wideyed
    I've avoided that route for a while now ;)

    I prefer the peace and one on one time with the dogs :)
     
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  11. ouesi

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    Walks are my alone time. My time to check in with myself and the dogs and enjoy being in the healing presence of mother nature.
    I'm not an antisocial person, I socialize all day at work, interacting with fellow parents, at kid events. I cherish my alone time and that's what walks are for me. So generally when I'm out at 5am or in a remote area in the evenings, I'm trying very hard not to run in to other people and their dogs.

    I do plenty of dog events and hang out with my friends who are fellow dog nerds. My dogs have each other and "friends" that we purposefully get together with. That's plenty for them. Breez would actually prefer not to interact with anyone but Bates and one other bitch my friend owns. Bates is more gregarious, but he generally likes people more than he likes other dogs.

    Dogs are as varied as people are. Not all dogs enjoy socializing with other dogs, and it's a great shame to me that this idea that dogs have to have interactions with other dogs in order to be happy is so pervasive. Every dog is different and we really should respect that some dogs just don't want to hang out with other dogs and are perfectly happy not ever having an interaction with another dog.
     
  12. SpicyBulldog

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    Can't say I have done so with dog walkers. My dogs tend not to like strange dogs, though they might not be reactive I don't let them mingle.
    I can say I have many friends with dogs (which we've allowed our dogs to play together) and I go to dog shows so I often talk with other dog owners in person.
     
  13. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Only when Alfie got old did I start to talk to people I met, I'd always say hello and pass the time of day briefly, but never stopped to chat. Alfie hated other walking with us, so unless someone invited themselves along, it's not something I would do. Don't like it now when I'm out with the camera either

    I actually went out locally yesterday and bumped into some of the locals and stopped to chat to one chap for a while even though I no longer have a dog.

    It was somewhat easier to leave with Alfie in tow because either he would walk off or I could say "I better move before he seizes up" :D

    Can't say I enjoy bumping into people
     
  14. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    If we are walking locally then I'm likely to know people and we often stop for a chat and then move on, not really made many walking buddies as such.
    I did get to know one lady via her dog as she had a golden retriever as well. She invited me and the dog I had then round to her house to see how her puppy was with Cally and from there we ended up meeting once a week until her dog died 14 years later. She became a good friend and we still keep on touch despite her moving away.
    its a quiet area where we live and I do t often see anyone on our walks plus we are away a lot more often these days. Occasionally arrange to meet up with the lady that owns Isla's brother
     
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    Nope, if I see someone we walk the other way or go around them. I'm not sociable and my dogs aren't either, none have the desire to interact with strange dogs and any that come over are unenvited are repelled by me. :)
     
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    Rarely these days as we never see anyone. We do know one lady in the village with her GSD we have known since a pup. Saw her struggling the other month after her dog slipped it's lead and ran across a road after another dog. Traffic in the road was being held up and the lady was struggling to grab her playful dog. So I leashed Cash up and went out there as distraction to help get the dog back. Because I can relate to those kind of heart in your mouth wanting the ground to swallow you moments I do often sympathise & try to help a struggling owner if I'm in a position to do so. I'm not one of those owners who will angrily chase your dog away for even so much as looking at mine. But at the same time I don't go out of my way to interact either.
     
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    All the time. We live in a small town and know a lot of the other dog walkers through walking. That said I know the dogs' names; seldom the people's names!
     
  18. cbcdesign

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    So do you think your dogs may pick up on your lack of sociability and if so does that affect their behaviour towards other dogs and walkers?
     
  19. lullabydream

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    Not wanting to interact on a dog walk...is not lack of social ability...infact those who are too much in your face I would say lack just as much social ability....as in dog behaviour many humans are just as lacking as picking up social cues about what is polite and what can be seen as over bearing taking over people's personal space and making people feel uncomfortable. This can happen on dog walks, just as it can in any situation...

    Dogs picking up not wanting to interact would bear little on it... @RPH and her dog Indie can vouch for that!
     
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  20. simplysardonic

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    We actively avoid others on walks, I prefer the solitude, although we have friends we meet up with whose dogs get on with mine & we go for group walks & then maybe to a pub for lunch.
     
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