While walking the dog, I encounter all kinds of dogs. Those perfectly trained dogs that sit and let your dog say hi without moving or letting out a peep. (which is what I aspire to) The dogs that growl and bark as you pass and kind of make my hair stand on end. The dog that just wants to play with my dog and is floppy and happy and sniffy.
Then there is this one golden retriever, let’s call her Sam. The dog is about 6 years old and very pretty and well-trained. I am pretty sure this dog wasn’t socialized at a young age though, as she really doesn’t like other dogs playing with her or really doing anything other than a quick sniff. Now the first time our dog Gus saw her, he of course wanted to play and jumped all over her. The dog freaked out, the owner told us she didn’t like that, so we pulled our dog off and are now very vigilant whenever we see her, which is often.
Here is the part I don’t understand. When I am walking Gus, and I see Sam, I either cross the road, or hang back or make my dog sit, until Sam is out of the way, as Gus just wants to play with her and she doesn’t like playing. The owner knows she doesn’t like playing, and that my dog plays, yet will go out of his way to cross the street or come over to see my dog EVERY single time. At which point, of course, my dog goes to play with Sam, which makes Sam upset. Sigh. At which point I have to grab my dog, and walk away first. Owners are inexplicable.