Great article - thank you for sharing.
Oh it is so important I listen/pay attention to my dogs’ behavior; body language.
I failed my dog Finn one time with a hyperactive little boy. Finn was terrified of him, but the little boy wanted to pet him. The boy was overly excited and out of control; supported by the fact mom had him on a body LEASH! And yet I allowed him to have access to my dog. Finn never bit, growled or snarled at the boy. On the way home did I realize the error of my actions, and cried. Thankfully Finn’s staying calm and my lack of protection was guided by someone much higher than myself. And I’m thankful I learned.
Since then no child (or adult) is allowed to approach my dogs in an out of control or even controlled manner. If Finn or Echo does not want to be bothered I honor it, politely discouraging the child or adult from touching. I will switch the attention to the history of the breed, a successful distraction so far. I just hope I earned Finn’s trust again…
PeaJay50 aka PJ, Pam or Pamela Jenewein
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