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Etiquette On Walks

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Pineapple, Apr 2, 2011.


  1. Pineapple

    Pineapple PetForums Member

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    Asked about this on another thread, thought I'd start a separate thread.

    Obviously letting your dog rush up to an on-lead dog is not good, because that dog is on-lead for a reason & it's sort of a signal to other walkers that they might not want their dog interacting with other dogs.

    I'm just wondering, is it generally annoying to have a playful/exuberant/maybe somewhat OTT dog rush up to your (off-lead) dog? Having a large breed dog, I try to be careful with when I let him off-lead with other dogs. Lead goes on when I see:

    -Smaller dogs. He jumps about trying to play, so I'm aware of the risk he might injure one of them
    -Older dogs. Again, I don't like the idea of him being demanding trying to play when the dog is old
    -On-lead dogs
    -Dogs who are very focused on their owners or not wanting to play with other dogs

    Just wondering though having read some of the pet peeves on the other thread, is it generally annoying to have a big boisterous young dog run up to your dog (supposing it's not on-lead/small breed/old/disinterested)? His recall is improving, but it can take a few goes calling him for him to come away if he & the other dog start playing. I'd hate to think it's a massive irritation for other dog walkers, but at the same time it's hard to know how else he can socialise with other dogs off-lead. Is there a general etiquette for this??
     
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  2. catz4m8z

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    I think its a 'play it by ear' situation personally. I know alot of people have very strict rules but its usually easy to tell. If the other persons dogs are off lead and they are walking straight towards you, not calling their own (friendly looking) dog back then they are probably happy to interact. If you notice them call their dogs to them and try to circle round you, then try and avoid them.;)
    It annoys the beejesus out of me when people dont pay attention to their off lead dogs. Last time I walked in a certain park I ended up having to walk straight into the middle (with my off lead dogs following a leads length from me!), all coz I couldnt shake a Rottie who's owner was ignoring the situation.:(
     
  3. CheekoAndCo

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    I hate when an offlead dog comes running upto me. Just walking along nicely with my lot calmly on their leads then some nutty dog comes running up :rolleyes:
     
  4. rona

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    I react differently depending on the age of the dog. All of us have had to go through that stage when everything is more interesting to a young dog than it's owner, however if they are obviously just a rude untrained dog then I would be annoyed.
    Not with the dog but with the owner
     
  5. babycham2002

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    As above really, if I see someone clearly wants to avoid then I will call mine in.
    But mine are offlead and I am happy for other dogs to come and socialise play with them (regardless of size), obviously I watch out for rude behaviour like my boys mounting or someone upsetting someone.
    But I love it when Willow gets to have a good tear around with another dog.
     
  6. Fleur

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    If my dogs off lead then I don't have any issues with other off lead dogs approaching.
    I do have issues if the owners are no where to be seen or aren't paying attention.
    They still need to be supervised off lead and owners should be ready to interven if necessary.

    Like others have said it's all down to the individual situation - age of the dog etc.
     
  7. ballybee

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    Tummels really good with all dogs, he does run over to say hello but always comes back once he's greeted them, if the dog shows aggression he turns round and comes back but he never jumps on any other dogs and will initiate play if the dog seems interested. He learnt to do that himself i never taught him how to interact with dogs, only that pulling to see them resulted in not meeting them :D i have a smart dog in a silly dogs clothing! I think as long as both dogs know when it's time to stop theres no problem....i see that as good etiquette =]

    Today when on a walk(not the big one, this mornings walk) a BC came running over growling and snarling, Tummel stood still and she went quiet, sniffed him then ran off growling again, the owner came round the corner with another dog(dunno what breed) who also sniffed Tum(he was onlead on this walk) and apologised in case the collie scared me as she growled when excited :confused::confused::confused: bizarre but no damage done :D
     
  8. Bellasmaid

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    Bella is fantastic with other dogs but if I see another dog owner with their dog already on lead or putting their on lead then I tend to call Bella in and put her on her lead. If the other owner is happy for them to interact then they do run around together. If not we move off, on lead then once we have passed the other dog then she is let off-lead again.

    We are fortunate where all the dog owners we have come across are fully in control of their dogs which is a miracle compared to where I used to live.
     
  9. Dogless

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    If another dog is on lead, then I put Kilo on. (9 times out of 10 they say I don't need to; theirs is on as it doesn't come back when let off!).

    If another dog is a toy breed / old / obviously injured I put Kilo on lead.

    I leave him off when other dogs are off lead playing and walking and the other owner doesn't call theirs back. If the other owner calls theirs back or to heel, I put Kilo on his lead until we have passed.

    Agree it is definitely a play it by ear situation though.
     
  10. GoldenShadow

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    If my dog is onlead I don't mind others approaching if the owner says something or looks engaged in what their dog is doing. They don't have to ask if it's ok as such but I just think it's polite particularly if there are no other dogs around and I might be avoiding busy times and other dogs on purpose etc.

    If mine are on a lunge line or offlead I don't mind and wouldn't expect the owner to say anything but would hope to see them somewhere in the background.

    I wouldn't care if a dog came running up if the owner was trying it's just if people don't seem to care what their dog is doing. On a short lead Rupert is a bit excitable and if people are with their dogs I say he can be excitable if they aren't near it's a bit of tough **** because I can't stop their dog approaching.

    Rupert is great in one sense as he wouldn't take offense at another dog running at him but in the same breath he wouldn't put them in their place which some puppies need to learn manners.

    As long as an owner looks like they care about what their dog is doing everything is fine by me :)
     
  11. haeveymolly

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    I dont like mine approaching other dogs when the other dog are on the lead even the mild mannered of dogs can be a little snappy when on the lead so thats unfair on the owner and dog, if i see a dog on a lead which is not often because i more or less know everyone and their dogs on our regular walk so they just all play together anyway, i also dont like them to run up to any strange dog on or off lead because you never know, i used to hate dogs running up when we had monty some would jump on him and around him when he was ill, because we couldnt let him run around, he would get worked up he would start getting breathless and it worried me that if it was a not so friendly dog and did set on him he could have easily died.
    So i do stop mine until ive asked if its ok, because you never know if a dog is firendly or ill like ours was.
     
  12. kaisa624

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    We generally put back on lead when another dog is on lead. However when offlead, we just leave her to it, unless the other owner calls another back.

    I don't like other dogs just charging over though, if there are no owners in sight, as Holly can be nervous and bolt if another dog is charging, so we will call her back and pop her on, so she can't get too far away :)
     
  13. Rolosmum

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    This i think is one of the hardest things i have found about dog ownership!

    My husband calls our two pups away from any dog on or off lead and will only let them play if the other owner makes a comment or specifically asks!

    I personally think this can sometimes make him appear rude, because even some of the most friendly dogs are then just walked by with their owner because it might appear that he really doesnt want ours to play.

    I personally try and gauge and will let the pups head towards other off lead dogs that appear under control and with an owner as i think it is good for them to say hello, i will give the 'gentle' command which they seem to heed and if one of mine looks slightly unnerved by the encounter i will either call them away or move in closer more quickly myself.

    I do call them away from any on lead dogs unless the owner specifically says it is okay, in as much as i am learning how my dogs react to others (given their age/adolescence) as much as learning about other peoples dogs.

    Today my smallest pup went towards a gsd on lead that the lady was obviously walking in a wide berth around my two off lead, so we called them closer and as the dog was parallel with our side my youngest headed off toward him again and we called him off, at which point the lady with the gsd also said off and to both of us his response was to come away (he was about 15 feet away and about 30 feet from us), the lady then put her thumb up to us, which i thought was nice cos originally i hadnt known how to perceive her 'off' but i then took this to mean all was well and she appreciated our call and her off was just there as a back up.

    My dogs are pretty good with their leave of other dogs, but as they are only pups I can never be 100% sure and yet still let them off lead as their temperament is good and would hope that within reason other people are tolerant of us as we are always aware of what our dogs are doing!
     
  14. LexiLou2

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    I put mine on the lead whenever we see any other dog regardless if the other dog is on or off lead...not because she is agressive but because she is a staff most people panic if she goes running over, plus if she is going to play i want to ensure the owner is comfortable with it first. Some people do asusme that is she is on the lead its because she is agressive but i just consider it polite, if the other dog wants a play and the owner is ok with is then i let her off again.
     
  15. shibby

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    You're not from Merseyside are you? :D We met a playful Ridgeback yesterday who ran up to us and wanted to play with our dog who was on lead and both got rather excited. The owner was good though as she came over and got him. I don't mind dogs coming up to us as ours is currently temporarily on lead and really loves the interaction. Some dogs are just on lead due to things like adolescence and if people avoided us, we'd not get to meet any dogs this way. I do find it irritating when the owners let their playful dogs harass dogs on lead for play, because our dog just wants to play back and being on lead he can't and it only excites him. We meet a few people like this and I find it highly irritating.
     
  16. Pineapple

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    Yes I am! Don't remember seeing you yesterday though, only saw an old man with his collie. Whereabouts were you walking? Good to know it's not just my young ridgeback that's bouncing around causing trouble :tongue_smilie:
     
  17. shibby

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    PM'd you :)
     
  18. Dogless

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    Nope; think it's what they do best :)
     
  19. Tigerneko

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    Okay, what do you all think of this one?

    A few weeks back when I was walking through the park with Tiger (who is always on lead as he has poor recall and isn't great with dogs) an old bloke walked past with two Bedlingtons both off lead. I went off the path and walked on the grass with Tiger to signal that I didn't want them approaching. One ignored us and the other one (who looked young) came up to us. Tiger snapped at it and it backed off. The owner nodded and tipped his cap at me and said 'he needs putting in his place or he'll never learn'.

    I don't really know what to make of it - he is right but at the same time, is it really fair on his dog, my dog or myself to let the youngster approach an unknown dog whose owner was clearly trying to avoid that exact situation?
     
  20. L/C

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    I wouldn't be happy with that - especially if you've been working with him on his DA and the fact it was quite clear you didn't want them to meet. By forcing him to react in that situation then it can set back his training (I don't know how bad Tiger is so it might not be the case). It's a bit different to a young dog being told off by a well balanced adult - it can confirm to a DA dog that they are behaving appropriately by reacting like that as they get what they want when the other dog backs off.

    He also didn't know how the other dog would react - it could have meant his dog was injured or it could have started a fight. My own dog is very afraid of other dogs so we are very careful about which ones he meets as a bad encounter can really set him back - so I would have been very annoyed (although I would have tried to bodyblock and send the other dog away too).
     
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