It's goose mating season (i think). I don't know much about geese, but what I've seen over the last 16 years of going to the same natural park, now's the time the geese are out and about, in good numbers and in pairs
Perfect training opportunity for me and Phoenix. Last year, around this time, Phoenix was excited for sure...but he was around 1 year old, par for the course, excitement in abundance lol. Great training opportunities, we'd walk past, safe distance mind you, I'd get him to focus on me, even the goose quacking was no issue. A couple of days ago, we're in our usual haunt, about 10 geese scattered about. Perfect, lets walk on by, nice heel, good focus...yup, I was over confident. Because, just about 30 feet away, there are two labradoodles, pulling like all get out (owners fighting to reign them in), barking and bent for chase...so I think, well, here I am walking nicely, certainly these people will control their dogs, because, well that's what you're supposed to do? Nope, these people let their dogs go! Massive chase ensues, and now the 10 geese are flying at me and Phoenix, with two labradoodles in hot pursuit. All I can think is "scatter!" Somehow we get out of the way, we kinda hopped over into the bushes lol, and I'm left wondering...what just happened?! Phoenix got an atta boy, and I gave my best death stare to the oblivious people and their poorly trained dogs...lol, like they even noticed!