So, I need to vent.
Piano Man and I were walking our dog Luke (semi reactive) and a dog we are minding, Ray (excited towards other dogs) through the walking trails around our house. They were on lead the whole time until we got to the local fenced soccer field, where I let Ray off for a run and some play time. There is a playground just on the other side of the fence where families were gathered with their children.
Out of nowhere this Groodle puppy, about 12-14weeks, comes running up and jumping and annoying Ray (being a puppy). Ray was tolerating the puppy barely so I put Ray back on lead and tried to walk away in hopes the puppy would get bored and leave. The owner was on the outside of the oval, had thrown her puppy over the fence and then chatted to whoever at the play equipment. The puppy was annoying Ray enough that he gave it a telling off snap if you know what I mean and we continued on our way. After the snap the puppy temporarily got he point and ran back towards it's owner before coming back to follow us around. The owner eventually climbed over the fence and grabbed her puppy as she could see we were annoyed by it. I tried starting conversation about it in hopes to speak about her dog and give her a few tips but she walked away back to the equipment where her children were playing. I think she was offended that we were annoyed with her friendly (overly boisterous) puppy.
We were walking back from the oval through the trails. Everyone we came across with a dog, we would move to the side onto the grass or into the bushes to attempt to get some critical distance away from them to allow us to keep their attention as the dogs walked past. Luke did well, the dog we're minding...not so much but we coped.
As we were heading towards a bridge we noticed two ladies on the other side walking towards us so before we got onto the bridge we decided to move to the side and (about 3-4m) into an open section behind a bridge barrier so they could walk past and then we could continue on....That didn't happen
One of the ladies allowed her dog to attempt to pull itself under the fence barrier to get to Ray with me. She realised and said "oops" pulled him back out, to then allow him to walk straight up to Luke and sniff nose to nose. I saw Luk's body language and asked if the lady could please move her dog away from Luke just as he reacted and barked into the little dogs face to scare it away. PianoMan corrected the behaviour within an instant as the lady moved away in fear. She then muttered to her friend as they walked away "Perhaps they should be wearing a muzzle"
Perhaps you should notice that we moved a good 4 metres off the walking track and maybe that means we don't want your dog sticking it's face in our dog's faces...for everyone's sanity!!!!!!!!!!
We are working on Luke's reactivity towards other (rude) dogs (he is fine with calm dogs) and he is doing well, but having ignorant people like this in society slows down the progress. I should probably tell people (with dogs) as they are walking towards us to give us a bit of space, but common sense should prevail, right? I mean who throws their new puppy into a fenced area and forgets about it for a few minutes??