You can say "hi" to my dog, but DON'T BE A DICK ABOUT IT! How well-intentioned people make dogs anxious on the street (and how you can help them be better dog lovers)

School For The Dogs Podcast - Dog Training & Animal Behavior with Annie Grossman  show

Summary: <p>Oftentimes, the toughest thing about training dogs is dealing with people. Strangers out in public, however well-intentioned, can be major obstacles to a fruitful training session, further complicating things in what is most likely already a high-pressure environment for your dog. Annie feels for dogs who are basically bullied (often unintentionally) by strangers, or even their own owners, during interspecies greetings. </p> <p>If people who love dogs so often make them uncomfortable without meaning to, is it fair to judge people by how they relate to their dogs? Maybe not. Annie reads aloud from an article that she wrote for the <em>Boston Globe</em> about how animal welfare is relative and not absolute. (Stay until the end for a rather shocking bit of trivia about a certain genocidal dictator).</p> <p>Episode includes a special Earth Day offer: <a href="" target="_blank">a coupon code (good this weekend only) for 20% off the REVOL crate by Diggs</a>. </p> <p>---</p> <p>"Animal welfare is a matter of perspective" - Boston Globe article by Annie Grossman<br> <a href=""></a></p> <p>Related episodes</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Episode 29: A modern dog owner's guide to sidewalk leash greetings</a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="">Episode 41 | New "Diggs" for your dog: Zel Crampton's dog crate revolution </a></p> <p></p> <p>---<br> Partial Transcript:</p> <p>Annie:</p> <p>So, something that drives me crazy is when I'm on the street training with Poppy, giving her treats, and someone else walks by with their dog, and their dog seems interested in saying hi, and I'm working keeping Poppy's focus on me. Not because she has a problem or because she's reactive, just because we're working.</p> <p>And then the other person who's just standing there with their dog says like, Oh, it's fine, my dog's friendly. As if what I'm doing has anything to do with whether or not their dog is friendly or not. And it's always frustrating to think about what to say in these situations. I usually say something like, Oh, we're just doing some training or, oh, my dog's friendly too.</p> <p>Today, I had a thought of what could be said in those situations. In French, there's a term called L’esprit de l’escalier, which is like, when you think of the perfect thing to say after something is over. I thought if someone says to me, Oh, it's okay, my dog is friendly. I could just turn around and say, oh yeah, well I’M NOT!</p> <p>Would probably make both them and their dog leave you alone.</p> <p>[music]</p> <p>Hello. Thank you for being here. I am Annie Grossman, owner and co-founder of School For The Dogs at East 7th street. You can sometimes find me there behind the desk. I curate our retail store, which is also online at <a href=""></a>. If you don't know about School For The Dogs, check us out. We do so much great training, both in New York City and virtually.</p> <p>Full Transcript at <a href=""></a></p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>