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    I remember a while back seeing a post about harnesses with notices on them saying "please give me space" or something to that affect, to detract strangers from just running up and patting your dog?
    I have searched, but can't seem to find anything anywhere.
    My dog has anxiety and goes a bit crazy when he sees other dogs / people with beards / bikes when we go for a walk.. This is something that we're working on, but unfortunately I've recently come into contact with a local resident who likes to let her dog walk off-lead. The dog is well natured, but is not restrained, and jumps all over both me and my dogs. The owner doesn't seem to understand when I tell her to please leave.. she's actually followed me with her dog?!
    I'm hoping that having something to this effect would help get the message across???

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    Maybe something like this? dont touch me dog shirt by akagraham- CafePress.com.au
    There are a lot of different ones on this website and I think you can also order custom made ones saying just what you want

    Here is the link to the custom made one..
    http://www.cafepress.com.au/make/custom-pet-gifts

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    I have used these guys...they might be able to do a "special" embroidery for you

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    K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Online Dog Shop has these

    Our dog club uses bandanas as scarves over the dog's collar to remind people to give the dog space, but a harness with a sign may make it easier in other places.

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    I would think having a friendly happy dog approaching you dog with anxiety issues would be a good thing..? I know I always welcome friendly dogs while out walking because its good for my guys to meet dogs with a nice nature...and we tend to stay well clear of the anxious or nasty ones.

    But of course unless its an off leash area..it should be restrained anyway..i cant help you with your harness, but hope you get this situation resolved.
    Maybe it would be cheaper if it is a on leash area to ask this person nicely if they could leash there dog? Good luck...
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    Unfortunately, as the owner of the anxious dog, you're always going to be the 'bad guy'. If someone's unleashed and uncontrolled dog jumps all over yours and gets growled at or nipped, it's your fault. If you tell them to take the dog away then you're a sour puss who doesn't want them to have any fun. And if you hang a sign on your dog saying to keep away, there will always be people who think they know better and will try to pat your dog anyway.

    So even if you do find something to advise people to keep clear, I would suggest you avoid your off leash neighbour and other dangers until you get this problem under control. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    I would think having a friendly happy dog approaching you dog with anxiety issues would be a good thing..?
    For sure... in the right circumstances... My little guy is has a lot of fear of other dogs, which can come off as aggression.. This dog, although well-natured, runs straight towards our dogs and jumps all over both them and me. This isn't a good experience for him at all, because it just stresses him out more. If they had slowly approached, kept a bit of distance and been able to sniff around each other first.. well, that's a different story.

    The second time this happened, I did try very hard to avoid them - unfortunately they wanted to block me off from my path and reassure me that 'it's okay!' while my two went ballistic trying to remove their harnesses, yelping and frothing at the mouth. The previous time I was actually followed.

    Thanks for the help everyone... The badges sound good as I can tack it to their harnesses.. maybe add a bit of fluro and flashing lights to help get the message across!

    I also found this today: notes from a dog walker for anyone with a similar issue. They have little cards you can print out and give to people who may not quite understand 'personal space'.

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    I have never had an issue with this myself, but it really, really bothers me when people don't get that message. I often let my previous dog go too far in bullying other dogs off leash (mea culpa), but I always prevented her from going up to dogs on leash. And I do this with my current dog too even though she is extremely friendly and also backs right off if she gets any bad vibes from another dog. Occasionally I will ask an owner if Banjo is allowed to say hello to their dog if it seems clear that their dog is not reactive. But I still ask first before I give Banjo permission to approach.

    It is any dog owner's right to want to avoid some or all dogs on their walks when their dogs are on leash.

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    Your right Mliss, the dog should'nt be harrassing you especially as your dogs dont like it.
    I once took a old lead with me and tied up an aggressive dog (small one) to a neighbours letterbox when i knew she was home.. so i could walk un harrassed byt his dog who was on the street ALL the time...lol

    Good luck!
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    dogs in need of space.jpg


    I have always liked this little poster........
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