Let’s face it, we all want to be exemplary pet parents with well behaved dogs when dog walking but that isn’t always the case. Take it from me, a dog walker with 10 plus years experience dog walking in Sherman Oaks, that even I don’t exemplify perfect pet parenting when out in public with my own dogs, Beatrice and Florence. In fact while writing this blog, I got yelled at by another dog parent walking her dog when I was walking my dogs. I alerted her as she kept approaching that we can’t get close to her dog because mine may react. However, she not only ignored my request, she kept walking towards us leaving me no time to cross the street or move somewhere giving us distance from her dog. She then yelled at me that I need to train my dogs and asked if I need her to bring me a business card for a dog trainer. While I did my best to keep my calm and my focus on my dogs, I held back from saying if only she would have respected our space my dogs wouldn’t have reacted like maniacs barking, crying, and lunging with Beatrice jumping on Florence to keep her safe.
Top 5 things Beatrice and Florence do to embarrass me the most when dog walking in Sherman Oaks.
- Beatrice walks up to the area closest to where the grass meets the other person’s house to find the perfect spot to poop.
- Florence likes to walk me while Beatrice wants to lag behind leaving me with one arm stretched all the way forward while the other is stretched all the way backwards.
- After Florence goes potty, to mark her territory, she kicks the landscape near the spot where she went with such gusto that she pulls up chunks of grass and dirt. (A tip to the wise, don’t stand behind her after she goes potty unless you want to get dirty.)
- They both often scream, cry, bark, and growl like maniacs when seeing other dogs while Beatrice tries jumping on top of Florence to protect her.
- They don’t always listen to me when I tell then to sit and stay when seeing other dogs to stop them from reacting.
I know I am not the only one with dogs who do things that can be considering embarrassing on walks. Through my years of professional dog walking, I’ve walked dogs who only barked at people of certain races, who like to pee on car tires, who won’t move when they see another dog, who think it is a good thing to eat other dog poop, and the list goes on and on.
Do your dogs anything that embarrass you when you taking them on a dog walk?