I can only be responsible for my own dogs’ issues. I treat them seriously and address them immediately. Yet, I see people walking their reactive dogs and they seem to have the sense of entitlement. Everyone is supposed to know what’s wrong with their dog-and behave accordingly. Like the man we met today, who nearly hit my friend’s well-behaved dog who wanted to play with his dog. Shouting that his dog was scared after having been attacked. His dog was in a public, very popular dog-walking place, off the lead. The man shouted and we just stared at him: my friend, me and all our dogs. Angry, unhappy people. They project their fears and frustration onto the dogs, who are reactive and fearful as a consequence. It’s a vicious circle-as the owner gets even more tangled in the web of wrong responses and negative emotions.
I’ve always tried to make my (fearful, abused, with lots of bad baggage) dogs happy, confident, playful, but polite. So when I see how all the issues are actually created in a naturally happy and confident dog I’m sad.
We need to try to understand not judge: our dogs, other people, the world. There’s no point blaming others for everything that is wrong with the world.