I'm an ass....and other things strangers tell me

so....I am standing on the sidewalk at the entrance to the Starbucks in Wayand Square with 4 dogs in perfect sit/stays(as they should be), we just finished up a 3 mile walk and about 40 feet away at the entrance to the driveway of Starbucks are 2 couples with 2 dogs.. As soon as 1 of the dogs saw us it went to the end of the leash and started pulling its owner towards us...I'm thinking to myself...wasn't that women just talking to her friends and why did she allow that dog to pull her away from the conversation...I figured she would stop and pull the dog back to the group and finish her conversation..but NO they both kept coming towards us with the dog up on 2 legs pulling her towards us...so I said "Whoa!!!! your not planning on letting that dog drag you over to us are you? She told me that her dog was friendly and I told her "yes but not with that bad energy coming towards us" she picked up her dog (it was a medium size dog) obviously she did not have the control to bring it back to the group. I told her not to take it personal..

I am sure as she was walking back to the group she was swearing at me under her breath..

The big issue is Why is it that this person can feel that her 25lb dog can just drag her towards 350lbs of dogs...she does not know me..she does not know my dogs...and she obviously does not have the ability to control her dog....

My message is this....dogs on leashes should not be meeting other dogs on leashes....the world is not a big dog park...I never let my dogs meet other dogs when they are on a walk...or under an obedience command...

As soon as we then walked into the patio area of Starbucks 2 women where staring at me and one of them looked me right in the eyes and said..."Wow, your a great pack leader, you really understand dog behavior" exactly...so they asked for business cards.

As all 4 dogs where in a downstay waiting for my clients to come out of Starbucks...her dog came out of a downstay as she was coming out of Starbucks and I immediately just leaned over and popped his leash down to put him back into a downstay...then I heard another couple behind me say...."Did you see him just put the dog back down without saying anything"...and then they asked me for a business card...

my point is....it is extremely important to be consistent with our dogs...it is our choice if our dogs can meet other people and animals out on the street...and it is no person or animals god given right to make contact with our dogs..it is our choice...that is one of the cornerstones of my training...

as  I delve into training deeper and deeper, as I get more and more calls from desperate shelters and owners ready to put down dogs....and looking to me for the answer.....I realize that my calling is huge...and yes I am an ass and have been called many things worse...but I will not stray from my path....I ask all of you to work with your dogs...follow my system of training...become a believer....



Romy and Clover who sleep on the 3rd floor together coming downstairs for breakfast...this is Romy's first time going down the stairs forward...she gets help from Clover...Romy is 20months old and Clover is 3 1/2...

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