Some Kids Don't Know How To Follow Instructions
When I was leaving the park with my Cattle Dog and Lugar, a little boy who was probably around 10-11 asked if he could pet my dogs. Since he was polite I decided to let him pet Saba because she loves attention from everyone.
Lugar is an eye catcher and everyone wants to pet him, but because of his weak nerves he has get used to you on his own and come up to you on his terms. He's certainly not the worst dog I've seen or even had here, but he does get overwhelmed when new people crowd him and try to force themselves on him. Once he is comfortable with you though, you would never know there was a problem with him. I always look for new opportunities to socialize the dogs with everyone, even if they aren't being touched.
The little boy was petting Saba and kept looking at Lugar who was calmly sitting by my side a few feet away, but moved back every time the boy tried to force a pet in. I eventually told him to just pet Saba. I thought I made myself pretty clear, but obviously not because when I turning to leave, the boy tried to sneak up on Lugar while he was sniffing the ground which caused him to back up and let out one loud bark/growl . I apologized to the boy's mom, even though I clearly told her son NOT to pet him and just pet Saba. The whole situation could have been avoided, if he would have followed instructions. Fortunately, his mom seemed to understand and wasn't upset.
I think from now on, I will use the 'He's in training ' line.
Last edited by Gharrissc; 08-20-2013 at 10:33 PM.