A while back we bought some leads on the internet. They are printed with different words to denote different needs that your dog might have. As you can see Honey has one which is green and says ‘FRIENDLY’. She should have one that says INDIFFERENT but they don’t make those. She will put up with being patted but she would much rather that people did not bother her.
She has the same problem that Zed has; she’s cute and fluffy so the kids and the little old ladies all want a pat.
Zed has a lead that says CAUTION, for good reason. Sometimes you might get out alive but not often! We got the lead for those times when I am distracted. We thought that a bright red lead with CAUTION on it might make people think before getting too close.
We wasted our money. People see it as a challenge! We even had one bloke walk along side of us and say, “i’m ignoring the sign’. I thought he was joking but he just kept getting closer. As long as we are walking Zed is in traveling mode which means that he looks to me for guidance. We can even walk with dogs he does not like as long as we are‘traveling’. The closer this guy got the more Zed kept looking at me. He was trying to warn me that this bloke was too close. Eventually I had to say to this nicely dressed businessman, “If you keep ignoring me my dog is going to bite you”. He just smiled but I think that MY body language got the point across!
Every dog needs its own space. For some dogs that can be quite flexible and for others like Zed, that space is specific. He will tolerate humans he does not know as long as they stay at least three feet away.
Personal space; we all need some and so do our dogs, even if they are cute and fluffy.