To me, walking the dog, is not just exercise for the dog (and let's face it, JUST walking is NOT enough exercise for a GSD LOL) ... it's mental stimulation.
When I walk with Ky, it's loose leash, in a "loose" heel but she's with me ... no sniffing, no stopping, we are walking. And I walk fast. 98% of this walk is for MY benefit as well - it's my exercise, my walk, I'm not dawdling. And I walk an hour every morning, and 1.5 hours every evening with her.
I do however stop at some random spots and let her sniff, see if she has to potty, etc.
These walks do not make up all her "exercise time either" There's lots more stuff being done, besides these two walks.
The first and third scenario - drive me insane. I used to be a lot more polite and patient and willing to work with other people "like that". NOW? I just avoid them like the plague ... I see something that is walking their dog and they have zero control, or aren't paying attention ... If I can cross the street, I will. If I can't (I.e. on a bike path and they are coming my way, I'll walk into the trees and just wait.)
I have learned that sometimes you simply can't fix stupid, and I don't even bother trying.
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