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    Today was Market Day here in our little town.
    So I took this oppertunity to take Murphy out and be around a lot of people.
    We walked down to it as it isn't too far from home.
    Murphy heel real well all the way.
    Then we got to where all the people were and I have to admit Murphy done real well.
    Yes he lunged a few times and strained his lead and collar, but over all it was a 7 out of 10 for the young lad. Very pleasing to see him take it as good as he did.
    We did get a few move away and I heard them say watch out for the dog its a Heeler. I though Oh what he is only 20 weeks old. He wants to be your friend, not rip you to threads.
    I got a lot of people on the other side saying oh wow what a good looking dog how old is he and the likes of that. I was so pleased with them.
    I had to pull Murphy up at one stage as a liitle boy came running up to him and was almost in his face. I just pulled Murphy up from him so he couldn't even get licked, so it just shows you that you must always be paying full attention to what is going on.
    It was a good outing.

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    well done muprhy!!! with the little kids in find its best to get my dogs to sit, then tell the kid how to approach the dog or ineither waitmfor the parents to come before he/she can actually interact with the dog. easier said than done though, especially these days. i just think avoidence never gets a dog anywhere. but still it was a responsible thing you did and i commend you for it!

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    Yer when the little boy came running up his bigger sister was close behind him and she said sorry. I told her it was alright but she has to tell him to ask first.
    He was young but he was at the age where he knew what he was being told.
    But it was really nice of his sister. Who I gained a lot of respect for after this.

    I had to wait till the wife got home as there was a thing that I got Murphy to do but I just couldn't remember where it was.
    It was on the way home. There is a house with 2 dogs in it 1 is a maltease cross and the other a Ridgeback Cross?, well it was all good till the little one started to carry on. then the big one got into the act to.
    Murphy wanted to join in to.
    But I have been watching Cesar Millan and he give the dogs a slight tap on the back thigh to get its attention. So I tried it and wham.
    Murphy looked up at me and i told him No.
    And that was that for a second, then he went to join in again and I done it again. Murphy then totally forgot them as I watched his head release and point in the direction we were going.
    So this kick as it sounds bad isn't a kick it is more of a tap on the side, no force just enough to make him notice. And it worked for me with him.

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    My 4 year old daughter is a shocker for running up to any dog big or small and wanting to pat them. Its somthing we are working hard on but somtimes her excitment gets the better of her.
    No major bites so far (touchwood). While i love the fact she adores all dogs with a amazing passion she needs to realise that they arnt all as friendly as her old "Goobies" was.
    Good to hear you keep an eye out for little tackers such as her. It would be totally my fault if she ever did get bit. Appart from having her on a lead (i hate seeing kids on leads) we are doing everything we can to get the message through. We are slowly winning.
    Sounds like Murphys doing well. Thats good to hear.
    Cheers.


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    Sean, I taught my daughter how to approach a dog safely and how to read their body language when she was 2 and she is very good at it now, at 6.

    I did have to sternly tell her off if I ever saw her not follow the rules to get her to always do it, I think. But she will now just walk away if a dog's body language shows they are scared or apprehensive. She only ever pats dogs who make eye contact and wag their tails. I do tell her to ask the owner if they are there, but often she will pat dogs tied up at the shops like this.

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    Exactly why I never leave my dog tied up at the shops. Plus it is illegal to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    My 4 year old daughter is a shocker for running up to any dog big or small and wanting to pat them. Its somthing we are working hard on but somtimes her excitment gets the better of her.
    No major bites so far (touchwood). While i love the fact she adores all dogs with a amazing passion she needs to realise that they arnt all as friendly as her old "Goobies" was.
    Good to hear you keep an eye out for little tackers such as her. It would be totally my fault if she ever did get bit. Appart from having her on a lead (i hate seeing kids on leads) we are doing everything we can to get the message through. We are slowly winning.
    Sounds like Murphys doing well. Thats good to hear.
    Cheers.
    nice to see a reasonable and responsible parent! At least you are trying to fix it and teach her how to act around dogs! Half the children around here honestly have no clue and neither do the parents!

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    Cheers mate.
    She's so bloody headstrong and only 4.
    I'm hoping she's getting it out of her system while she's young and becomes the perfect little angel when she hits her teens.
    My young fella was so much easier !


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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    Exactly why I never leave my dog tied up at the shops. Plus it is illegal to do so.
    It is here too. But often it is the only time working people have to walk their dogs, when they are going to the local shops anyway. So I think it's a bit of a shame that they are not legally allowed to do so. The dogs at our local shops all seem very well socialised. And I think if they are tied up, the onus is on parents to make sure their toddlers don't just run up to them.

    I do understand that it will be my fault if my dog bites anyone, regardless of whether she is tied up or not or if I think it was the parents' fault for not supervising their kids.

    But if they would actually enforce this rule, lots of dogs would miss out on regular walks. I do understand where it comes from though. But in practice, so many people here ignore that rule and I have never heard of any serious bite incidents at the shops (most dog bites here happen in the dog's own yard - I remember seeing some stats somewhere).

    I wish they had a special area to tie up your dog in at the shops. They have them in Europe where they generally are a lot dog-friendlier. You can take your dog on the bus and train there and until quite recently you could take them into a restaurant in most West-European countries! Here I have been told to keep my dog 5 metres from my outside table at cafes. Apparently that is the rule if they serve food there. Do they really think my dog is going to contaminate their food if they get any closer?? Or that I will let her jump onto someone's table to scoff their hamburger?

    I believe 1 in every 2 families in Canberra have a dog. So I think it's quite sad that there are so many rules to try and discourage people from taking their dog with them when they go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Cheers mate.
    She's so bloody headstrong and only 4.
    I'm hoping she's getting it out of her system while she's young and becomes the perfect little angel when she hits her teens.
    My young fella was so much easier !
    us blokes are easy to train as you obviously know ladys are a lot harder haha

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