Saturday, October 9, 2010

Aggressive standard poodle meet clueless walker

Just minding our own business training aggressive standard poodle that seeing dogs passing by from inside the car is no big deal. Our method of choice this day is using a clicker to click and treat for calm. All is going spectacularly well, as this dog's humans light bulb brightens and they implement the technique perfectly ...... until.....

The big yellow lab taking it's male owner for a walk shows up. No barking or aggressing as this pair are only 10 feet from the vehicle when it is very apparent the male is going to allow his dog to "SAY HI" to the doggy in the car. Are you kidding me?

I politely ask and start waving my arms, "please move on, we are training here". The male gives me a clueless look, ok, maybe it was a more questioning look. And then it happens....

Calm poodle aggresses full blast. She was not ready for an up close and personal encounter of the yellow lab type. Remaining calm I split between poodle and lab and told the owner politely the poodle was in training and we were keeping dogs at a distance for now. He moved on but hung around while we continued our training across the street. Several times I saw him pet and tell his dog "It's okay." Luckily, this was the only incident of the session and still....

I always wonder why pet owners truly believe their dogs can meet any other dog.


  1. For this exact reason every time I'm out with Kallie who is 4months and I'm still socializing I always ask two questions "Are you okay with dogs?" and "Is your dog okay with other dogs, can we say hi?".

    I think when people are just casually walking their dogs a lot of time are in "lala land" and don't really notice their surroundings and I've had to actually pick Kallie up and move her away before she makes a bad association with someone elses reactive UNLEASHED dog with the owner walking behind their dog with no care in the world.

    Good post and great points!

  2. I often teach owners how to have their dog ask permission to greet another dog and then how to approach the other dog calmly. As with the man in your blog, it is beneficial to teach humans the same. It is astounding to me the although most people no to ask permission to pet a dog they forget to ask permission for their dog to greet yours. Check out my blog if you get a chance: