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Old 09-02-2012, 01:10 PM
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Default How to deal with 'helpful' neighbours!!!

Walking Hattie and Minton can be quite stressful at times but we usually manage ok. Hattie is fine but Minton tries to turn himself inside out when he meets new people. Today just as I was setting out for a lead walk 'the neighbour' appeared! I asked him to just carry on and ignore us as I was trying to prevent Minton from trying to jump up! He said ok then proceeded to coo over Minton putting his hands infront of him and saying it was ok he loved dogs! This resulted in Minton getting way over excited Hattie barking and the 'good neighbour' saying he didn't mind him jumping up but did not want his clothes bitten! I tried to say (nicely) that if he ignored us there would not be a problem but he just smiled and said he loved dogs! How are we ever going to get our dogs to not jump up or act in an antisocial way if we have to constantly battle against those who will not do as we ask! Oh for an area to walk without having to deal with 'helpful' neighbours.
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This is a constant problem for me as well, Dudley still jumps at people and he's 7 months now, but when they stand back and wait for him to calm a moment he will stay on four feet, (which is what I ask them to do), but more than half the people say I don't mind and make a big fuss of him when he is jumping up, most of the time I pull Dudley back saying stay down, then they realise I really don't want him jumping, but to be honest the damage is done by then which is why he still jumps up. My trainer did say 'they're your dogs, it's up to you to tell people - or do you want a dog with bad manners forever?' when someone complained how hard it is. They wouldn't be so keen if they saw him coming back from a muddy walk!! I think you'll just have to take the time to explain what you are trying to do. I bet I have been guilty of this in the past before I was a dog owner.
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I sometimes wonder if I should get a vest with the slogan ' Please do not speak to this dog I am trying to train it!' But I know if I do everyone would smile at me in that 'we know best way' and carry on anyway!
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I had considered putting a thick brightly coloured strip of plastic on the lead and write PUPPY IN TRAINING on it! hoping people may ask about it rather than just stroking him first, I had also thought perhaps I could take him in places as people may assume he was training to be a assistance dog of some sort!! decided that was a bit cheeky though and didn't.
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Yes it's hard when other people encourage them to jump up and reward them by a friendly greeting isn't it? I feel a bit of a misery if I am saying down to them when people are being friendly towards them.
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It is a real problem but I suppose we should be thankful people support us even if it is not in the way we want! I think I would rather someone was over friendly than stand offish!
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I was looking for leads on eBay last week and they sell leads with slogans on, can't remember exactly what they said now but it was something like dog in training. Willow is 8 months and I still have this prob!! My mum is the worst offender, fussing her when she comes thro the front door- even with me and my dad telling her not to!!
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Like the idea of a 'dog in training ' lead just as long as those you meet can read!
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Trouble is you have all chosen lovely cuddly teddybears and Joe public cannot resist cuddly, furry living bundles of fun......so you see, it's all your fault. Maybe you should swap your dogs for Rottweilers, bet your problems stop then. Lol!
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That's it! get a dog who is not a cuddly snuggly puppy unfortunatley most puppies are snuggly and cuddly! Just have to carry on being labled as Miss Grumpy!
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