Things I will miss about lockdown...
Other dogwalkers actively communicating and giving us plenty of space on walks!
So as your probably aware by now this tribe are all rescued. They all come with baggage and although I work hard with them, some things just can not be undone.
Some of my boys are nervous, especially of dogs they don't know coming head on or straight behind us.
Reactive is the term.
If you have only ever had confident dogs that are friendly and easy going you may not understand us reactive owners sometimes, because your dog is friendly it is fine to let them loose to play with whoever they want right?
Sadly our dogs are not comfortable with your dog coming up to them and this makes them defensive, this looks very aggressive if you aren't used to it.
This happy goofy looking boy is Blitzen, he is our most reactive dog, he gets very worried when he knows there is a strange dog that might approach him and if they come too close he will let them know it by growling and lunging.
In this lockdown I have found that 99% of people are keeping their dogs with them, letting me know which way they're walking and giving us plenty of space to move out the way.
If everyone always did this, it would make our lives a million times less stressful!
It might even mean I could get him to be able to calmly ignore dogs and walk past even at a closer distance! It would mean we could go for a peaceful walk like you get to do every day, because everyone deserves that time to bond and relax.
Having said that, I'm so grateful for the experience and understanding that comes with owning a reactive dog, I've become so much more in tune, developed such a strong bond working with my boys and learned to read their emotions and behaviour in glorious technicolor.
If you don't own a reactive dog please put yourself in our shoes and give us the space and time we need without comment or judgement, our dogs are our whole world, they are loving, sweet charming characters when their comfortable.
They aren't giving us a hard time, their having a hard time!#reactivenotaggressive #rescuedog #reactivedog