Good day, buddies! And welcome to a different version of: Maggie climbs up on a soapbox and rants about canine stuff! It’s been some time since I’ve been up right here, and I positive do like this view…

Not too long ago, we’ve had a bunch of run-ins with canines round city that I needed to debate. You could be conversant in these eventualities. And for those who really feel known as out as you learn this submit, I hope you’re prepared and open to rethink your habits.

A white fluffy dog runs through a field of grass. The text overlay says: The problem with, "It's OK! He's friendly! (It's not OK.)

In our neighborhood, there’s an equal mixture of fenced-in yards with bodily fences and with digital fences. There are two homes with a front-yard tie-out and some homes with not one of the above.

These homes are mapped in our brains, and we’ve created routes and routines for strolling Cooper that both keep away from or circumvent locations the place there are issues.

First courtroom on the left? Skip. A tiny white canine isn’t contained and bops across the road.

Not too long ago-remodeled gray home simply previous the white home with the slate entrance porch? Proceed with warning. There’s a unfastened canine who sleeps within the yard all day and isn’t actually a risk as a result of she’s so very previous, however she does go away the yard occasionally.

Man with the 2 poodles? Keep away from in any respect prices. One canine roams free and the opposite is on a flexi. Look ahead to and alter instructions!

And so forth.

These of you with reactive canines in all probability have comparable maps saved in your heads… the homes to keep away from, the streets which can be often secure, the yards with canines tied up out entrance.

However right here’s the factor: It’s an imperfect system.


Nicely, as a result of who knew the individuals throughout the road had a Basset hound?! The canine actually by no means as soon as has been walked since we’ve lived right here however wandered out the fence as soon as when their yard crew left the gate open.

Or, one other time, a canine hadn’t but been hooked to his tie-out and charged Cooper and John, chasing them down the road.

Or, the time that previous canine did wander after us down the street and got here proper as much as the stroller, which fortunately allowed us to take away Cooper to the opposite facet of the road.

Each time one thing like that occurs, the one that realizes their canine is unfastened or the one that leaves their canine off leash on function or the one that doesn’t but understand their electrical fence shorted out begins yelling:

“It’s OK! She’s pleasant!”

Similar goes for individuals who take their canines off their leads on on-leash trails or in parks or open soccer fields. Because the canine barrels down on us:

“Don’t fear! He’s pleasant!”


It’s NOT OK. And I DO fear.

Even for those who don’t have a reactive canine like Cooper, chances are high you don’t respect an unknown pup speeding as much as you and shoving his nostril in your canine’s nostril or butt. Who needs to be ambushed by somebody they don’t know? I definitely don’t, and I wouldn’t anticipate my canines to need (and even tolerate) that both.

For these of us who do love a reactive canine, effectively, we’re usually excellent rule followers. It retains our canines secure. We go to on-leash parks. We hike on-leash trails. We keep away from identified bother spots… however I suppose my level is that there shouldn’t BE bother spots.

Everybody ought to observe the foundations.

Comprise your canine in your yard, and for those who’re going to make use of an electrical fence, be sure it’s operational. In case you’re in an on-leash space, hold your canine on leash. Or, contemplate going to a canine park the place your canine can run free and leash-less to your coronary heart’s content material. We positive as hell gained’t be there to break your canine’s day, so don’t let him run off leash round us and break our day!

My canine isn’t “unfriendly.”

He’s, nonetheless, anxious. He feels nervous round new individuals and canines. He ultimately warms as much as each individuals and canines, however not once they rush as much as him unexpectedly and plow into his face or backside whereas somebody screams, “He’s pleasant!”

Cooper doesn’t like that. I don’t like that. I don’t like that on his behalf, on behalf of all the opposite delicate canines like Cooper, and I don’t like that on my behalf as a result of I’m pressured into the place of yelling again, “My canine’s not! Get your canine!”

After which I really feel offended–on prime of the adrenaline of a unfastened canine speeding us–as a result of I wish to defend Cooper. “It’s not that your canine isn’t pleasant. My canine wants area. He must really feel safe, and he must be secure. We’ve labored actually exhausting to create that area, safety, and security for him over time, and your unfastened canine wrecks it for us.” Or one thing.

In case you are somebody who lets your canine run unfastened in on-leash areas…

In case you are somebody who lets your canine roam your yard–he virtually by no means wanders off!–with out some sort of containment…

In case you are somebody who depends solely on an electrical fence, and also you don’t usually test to see if it’s operational…

Rethink. Please.

Leash your canine. Verify your fence. Let your canine run at an off-leash park. Merely observe the foundations. Shouting, “He’s pleasant,” isn’t, ever enough.

And for those who’re somebody who follows the foundations, regardless that your canine isn’t reactive, THANK YOU! We’re grateful for you!

Lastly, for those who’re somebody with a reactive canine, what would you add to this? What else do you would like individuals would do (or not do) to maintain you and your canine secure?

Stepping down off my soapbox for now. Packing it up within the closet for subsequent time. (:

Learn extra: What I want you knew about my reactive canine

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