I know you think your pooch is the cutest, best doggy in the world. I get this, because my cats definitely are the cutest, best kitties in the world. I don't dislike dogs, even though I was traumatized when I was little by a huge bloodhound running off with my Barbie. Sometimes I wish I could have one (but can't, with my job). This isn't really about your dog. It's about YOU.
I'm a runner. I've been a runner for 40 years. I've run all over the world, on trails, roads, in bear and mountain lion country, in places where I've had to turn around and retreat because of sketchy people, and in all kinds of weather. Despite all that, dogs have been the worst of all these obstacles. Yes, DOGS.
When running, I've learned to be very cautious when approaching dogs. I usually slow down and sometimes even stop, depending on the pup's behavior. I've taken other routes when I know a mean dog is there, and even cut my run short to avoid one. I talk to the dog and the owner in a friendly way. I step aside on trails for them.
Despite this, I've been bitten, barked at aggressively, chased, jumped up on and scratched, bumped into so hard it caused a bruise, and had my hand grabbed in dog's mouths with their teeth clamped down on it. Meanwhile the owner usually says the dog's name ineffectively, claims "she's friendly" as it snarls at me, and refuses to accept any responsibility.
Your happy pup running up to me to say hi is fine. I don't expect all dogs everywhere to be on leashes, or to be perfectly behaved all the time. But let's share the trails and be courteous. Please train/control your pooch so we can all have fun out there.
|I have a "niece," Ruby. She is very well behaved!|