I Turn Into The Neighborhood Karen When It Comes To Unleashed Dogs

“Uh, can you come get your dog?” I say to my neighbor.

3/8/2021 12:11:00 AM

I Turn Into The Neighborhood Karen When It Comes To Unleashed Dogs

“Uh, can you come get your dog?” I say to my neighbor.

 In the TikTok video, the woman calls the man taking the video an asshole even though it’sherunleashed, uncontrolled dog running up on him and his leashed, controlled dog with no boundaries whatsoever. He even makes a point to notify her that his dog is “not friendly.”

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This is dog-owner code, and too many people are oblivious to it. If you see another owner and dog walking, and they cross the street or otherwise create some distance, that means their dog isn’t into meeting other dogs. Respect that. If the owner goes the extra mile to say “not friendly” like the man in the TikTok video, keep your fucking distance.

Neverwalk up to other dogs to try to “meet” them without their owner’s permission. These respectful measures keep everyone safe, including you and your dog.To be clear, I’m not talking about instances where escape artist dogs bolt out the door or the occasional freak incident where a dog slips his collar (though

threshold trainingis an important safety measure every dog owner should take). I trained my dog early on to stop at the threshold whenever the door was open, and he’s done it for years now with no more reward than head scratches. But one time he saw a squirrel outside the open door and bolted for it and ended up in our neighbor’s muddy ditch across the street. So, I get it; shit happens. I’m also not talking about dog parks or desolate hiking trails or vast fields where no one else is around. There are places where it’s okay to walk your dog off-leash. But your neighborhood packed with houses and people out and about walking with or without their own pets or small children isn’t it.

ReshotDog owners also need to understand that when your unleashed dog approaches someone else’s leashed dog, even in play, even if your dog is completely calm, it creates an imbalanced power dynamic. One dog free and one dog tethered throws off the social hierarchy and leaves one dog — the leashed dog — defenseless, and therefore anxious, i.e., more likely to react badly and more likely to provoke a bad reaction.

My dog is tethered and has nowhere to go. He is also aware of his tininess, contrary to popular belief. Big dogs that invade his personal space scare him, and not due to lack of socialization or because he is naturally high-strung.It’s because he’s been bitten by other people’s unleashed dogs

. And what if your unleashed dog gets too close and my terrified dog snarls and triggers your normally well-behaved dog to bite back? Why invite this tragedy?“But he’s well-trained. I trust him completely!” That’s all well and good, Frank, butI don’t know that.

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The little kid who was bitten by a dog and is having a trauma reaction at the sight of your unleashed animal doesn’t know that. The guy walking with the dog-who-doesn’t-like-other-dogs doesn’t know that. People like me who have had run-in after run-in with all manner of dog don’t know that.

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My dog, who is always on leash, is not friendly. How many times have I been called an asshole or been told I should not have my dog out in public because of an off leash dog. Ugh