This morning we ran into the new reactive beagle in the neighborhood. He’s older, although not old, and obviously a rescue (aren’t many Beagles?). The Beagle started baying and pulling to get to my boys the second he spotted them and the owner kept edging closer to us. I totally lost my connection with the boys and they started barking as well. Over the din the Beagle owner asks if it is okay for them to meet. I said, 'I don’t think it is a good idea right now where they are at the ends of their leashes and so amped up.'
It was not an auspicious start to the day.
As we continued our walk, I felt pretty terrible that my boys had this outburst. Gah, not good at all. So, I was a little down and starting to beat myself up. We spotted the reactive beagle again (we were walking on a cul de sac). I immediately put my boys into sits and started click and treating for looking at the baying beagle and refocusing on me. Success. No outbursts. I kept them focused on me.
As I walked home I realized that many years ago I would have foolishly said, “Sure” when she asked if the dogs could meet. Now-a-days I see tight leashes and amped up dogs and say, “No.” C/T to me.
I think I will go knock on her door some weekend soon and ask if she wants to let the dogs meet in a more neutral manner. I feel bad, she is a new owner saddled with a dog who is WAY over stimulated by other dogs. It’s a lonely feeling to have a dog who doesn’t “behave” in the manner we humans have deemed proper. I might try to subtly ask her where she is training with him, too.
3 days ago