Nobody really likes to be pointed out to mistakes. Especially when it comes to dealing with your beloved pet, for which you only want the best. Then to be taught by others and to hear that you should do something differently is usually not nice.
Often there are discussions and quarrels between dog owners. From time to time there is also competitive behavior between the dog owners, says Rita Kampmann from the Munich dog school “Freude am Hund”. But what can or even have to be addressed, which comments do you prefer to keep to yourself?
Often there are problems between dog owners when one of them does not leash his dog and the dog just walks towards the other dog. As dog trainer Rita Kampmann explains, not all dogs seek social contact with others. There are also dogs who are afraid or trauma or who are just simply not in the mood for it.
What you should do: If this is the case and you notice that your dog is feeling uncomfortable about being sniffed by another dog, then you should urgently inform the other dog owner in a friendly manner and ask him to call his dog over and to leash.
In the worst case, according to Kampmann, otherwise leash aggression could develop, because if you as a dog owner do not solve the unpleasant situation for your dog, he has to do it himself: “Dog owners should protect their dog on a leash. It’s like taking a child by the hand, ”explains Kampmann.
Contact between dogs is good when both parties want it! Dogs on a leash are an exception. Contact with the dog should be avoided here, as the dog trainer explains: “The dogs cannot express their body language correctly on a leash”.
Dogs cannot express their body language properly on a leash. © Anna Jurkovska-stock.adobe.com
Should you point out other dog owners if they behave incorrectly towards their dog? That depends on the situation, thinks dog trainer Rita Kampmann. There are many different opinions and attitudes. Something is not always wrong if it is not what you want. There are many different ways to train your dog.
At a certain level, however, you have to interfere, and that is when the animal is suffering from the behavior of its owner.
What you should do: If you observe that a dog owner inflicts violence or pain on his dog, for example pulling his collar so tightly that his air is cut off, you should urgently take action for the dog’s welfare.
How should you talk to the dog owner? Caution is advised in such situations, as the other dog owner is usually irritated. If you react aggressively, he will likely be aggressive towards you and not want to hear your comment. Instead, react calmly and in a friendly manner and show him that you want to help him and what alternatives there are or how you would solve the problem.
For the good of the dog, one should intervene if the behavior of its owner offends him. © Chickaen-stock.adobe.com
Many dog owners are annoyed when other dog owners simply leave their dogs’ piles behind. What should you do if you observe that a dog owner just walks on when his dog has done a business?
What you should do: stopping and watching whether the other person collects the pile or not in order to then instruct him is not an option for dog trainer Rita Kampmann. That is going too far, she thinks. It is a different matter if you overhear it by chance: If you happen to observe that a dog owner is not picking up his dog’s heap, you can inform him in a friendly manner.
How should you talk to the dog owner? According to Kampmann, in such situations it makes more sense to point out the error more subliminally. Instead of telling him to “clear away the little pile of your dog”, you can kindly hand the dog owner a sachet and say: “I think you have run out of sachets. Here, so that you can collect your dog’s little pile. “
Dog owners should collect what left behind their dog. © Francesco83-stock.adobe.com
You notice that a dog owner gives wrong commands or rewards, for example, that his dog is constantly pulling on the leash or that he does not listen to him?
Here’s what you should do: In most cases, it’s better not to say anything here and to think your part. That is the responsibility of the dog owner, as long as the animal does not suffer or endanger others. After all, you never know what history the dog or owner has or whether they are already working on the problems. “Live and let live” would be the right keyword here.
However, everything must also be viewed in terms of the situation. “A person’s body language and facial expressions usually say a lot,” explains dog trainer Rita Kampmann. If the person seems visibly overwhelmed, it can of course make sense to offer his help or to give a recommendation for a dog school.
You don’t always have to get involved. © Alan-stock.adobe.com
There are always dogs that just jump up on strangers. However, some people don’t like this at all. What should you do if the dog’s owner doesn’t do anything about it?
Here’s what you should do: If a dog jumps up on you, calmly turn away from the dog, cross your arms, avert your gaze and kindly inform the owner that you do not want this.
How should you talk to the dog owner? It is important that you remain calm and friendly, otherwise the tense mood will be transferred to the dog.
If a dog jumps up on you without permission, you should stay calm. © Christian Müller-stock.adobe.com
No matter what the situation, there are always people who cannot cope with being taught. In addition, many dog owners do not want to hear that their dog is behaving “wrongly”. Unfortunately, dog owners are often unreasonable or ignorant, especially when it comes to things like jumping up or unwanted contact with the other dog. Sentences like “He’s not doing anything” are also heard when asked to call their dog over.
It is important that you remain calm in situations like this. As is well known, aggression triggers aggression and does not change the situation, so try to explain your perspective to your counterpart in a friendly manner.
Conclusion: According to dog trainer Rita Kampmann, three aspects are particularly important when dealing with other dog owners: