So our dog Jack is a little nuts. But only in the “I’m a 9 month old kelpie pup and I’ve got lots of energy” kinda way. So for him to get very excited on a morning walk each time he says hello to another furry friend is nothing unusual and actually quite cute!
So on the weekend Jack and I were walking along the waterfront and he decided he wanted to help carry his lead. He’d just said a big hello to one of his friends and was a little hyped up!!
So we’re walking along, Jack with a bounce in his step and his lead in his mouth when a lady and her cocker spaniel were walking towards us. Jack assumed his crouched down position waiting to ‘pounce’ and say hello, when the lady decided to tell me that Jack needed discipline because he liked to lay on the ground and wait for the dogs coming towards him to say hello. And then she shaked her head disapprovingly. Well. WELL.
Of course my reaction was to say ‘come on Jack we don’t want to talk these people’ and we walked off.
So now that you know my little story, what is my point?! It’s always been an interesting topic and one with a lot of grey area about discipliningg other people’s children and I think the same goes for dogs. You wouldn’t, (well I wouldn’t anyway) say to a mother, you’re child needs some discipline, especially not to a perfect stranger.
To say I was pissed off would be an understatement! I think it’s rude, and very unnecessary in our case.
So what do you think? Would you tell someone their child or their dog needed discipline? Would it be different if it were a friend or complete stranger?