This morning I was out walking my little dog Etta and again, we had the great misfortune of running into a know-it-all, not giving-a-damned about the rules and doing-what-they-want kind of dog owner who proceeds to tell me what is WRONG with my dog and how I can FIX her.
It really baffles the shit out of me how they, who allow their very large, wormerwiner, (is that how you say it, not sure?), anyway it’s a very large grey dog with pink colored eyes, to walk a good distance ahead of them with the dog leash dragging behind it aaannd, never picking up the large dump that the dog makes along the way.
For one thing, I already KNOW my dog is neurotic so shut up already. That is why I walk her when there is little to no chance that we will encounter you in the morning or later on in early evening when I walk her again.
For another, she is a rescue dog and I know now that she was probably abandoned downtown by someone exactly like you who allowed her to do exactly as she wanted when she was a pup and when she got older you didn’t like it anymore and didn’t think it was quite so cute anymore.
Furthermore, if you think that in the last five or six years that I’ve had her I haven’t tried to retrain her to not do the things that she does that are so undesirable, you’re wrong.
Etta’s incessant whimpering, whining and getting over excited about almost everything is probably the direct result of not being taught anything about decent dog behavior.
The way Etta behaves, it’s as if she has two separate personalities, her indoor or “at home” personality and her outdoor personality.
At home, except for her whiney ways, she does pretty much everything I tell her to do….for the most part, she listens!
On the other hand, when we are outdoors, she does not listen to anything I tell her. It is a constant battle for me to try and get her to behave in a normal, calm, well behaved dog way that I could take anywhere. I can not even take her past a certain point in my neighborhood without her whimpering and hyper-ventilating….it’s really so embarrassing sometimes.
I have had choke collars, shock collars, brought a rolled up newspaper with me, a crunched plastic bottle to make noise to get her to pay attention to me, tried giving her praise or treats for behaving good and nothing I have done has changed her neurotic behavior.
And one more thing I should mention, is the fact that every time I try to teach Etta, or discipline her outdoors, I seem to run into another dog owner, whose dog, btw, is, of course, walking them, if you know what I mean?, telling me that they are going to call “Animal Protection” on me because I’m being abusive to my dog.
I meet people too along the way that think that Etta’s whimpering is cute and keep encouraging her to do it more when they say “oh, what’s the matter, it’s alright, etc., etc.” or something to that effect. I’ve had the thought of putting a sign on my dog stating to please ignore her whimpering because I am really sooooo, so tired of telling so many to ignore her.
I love my dog so much. I just wish it wasn’t such a challenge to get her to behave in such a way that I could take her anywhere with me.
It would be so great to be able to even just take her for a ride in the car without her freaking out and whimpering and crying all the way to, for instance the vet, and then all the time we are there in the waiting room and then all the way back home again.
In the summer I used to love going to the outdoor concerts and I would love to be able to have Etta come with me but I can not. She’s such a great companion to me at home and it’s such a disappointment that I can’t take her anywhere with me.
I guess the reason I’m writing this is to ask people out there when you encounter dogs and dog owner’s along the way and you think the dog is behaving badly and the owner is not doing anything to try and control it, don’t interfere.
Ignore the dog, especially if it is making a lot of noise so you will notice it. Keep walking….the dog does not need your attention unless the dog owner allows it and only when the dog behaves in a calm, quiet state, otherwise, you are a part of the problem, not the solution.
I do realize that I am the only one responsible for how Etta behaves and I won’t stop trying to get her to behave in a calm, quiet way when I take her outdoors but I would really appreciate it very much if everyone I run into while I’m out walking her, would just mind their own business and let me do what is necessary to try and teach her to behave better. Thank you.