My Dog is Friendly! A Public Service Announcement
There is epidemic happening across the country and no one is safe. It’s occurring on
crowded city sidewalks and spacious country walking trails. It doesn’t discriminate based
on race, age, or economic status.
Innocent dogs and their owners are being terrorized, chased down the street, pinned into
corners by…other dog owners.
But, you ask, don’t all dogs like to meet, greet, and play with other dogs, even unfamiliar
ones? How rude of them not to greet me and my dog! Not so, kind hearted dog lovers, not
so at all.
In every city, town, and suburb, loving, law abiding families share their lives with dogs that,
for a variety of reasons, cannot or would rather not, socialize with other dogs.
Today I call on all dog lovers to take a stand on behalf of dogs that walk in public while they
simultaneously cope with one or more of the following:
• contagious diseases
• leash reactivity
• service or working dogs
• injuries and painful physical conditions
• intolerance of other animals
• recovery from surgery
• fearful of unfamiliar or rowdy dogs
• aging and elderly
• learning self control around other dogs
• are owned by people that want to be left alone
To keep it simple, these dogs and their owners shall be known as Dogs in Need of Space
These DINOS have every right to walk the streets, using a standard 4-6 foot leash, without
interacting with strangers, human or canine. And yet…they are hounded, day after day, by
cheery, well meaning dog owners who insist on meeting them.
Despite frantic efforts to cross the street or hiding between parked cars, DINOS are chased
down by other people walking dogs, who refuse to believe that there is someone out there
that do not want to meet them.
How do you spot these terrorists? You can recognize these people by their battle cry, “My
dog is friendly!” Henceforth known as My Dog is Friendly (MDIF)™
Pick any corner of any town in America and you’re likely to see a scene similar to this one:
A DINOS is working on his manners, let’s say it’s leash reactivity. He has some issues with
strange dogs, but is in training so that he can learn to stay calm in their presence. DINOS
spots another dog coming and, like their trainer instructed them, they create some distance
and do a sit-stay with eye contact. The goal: to keep cool while the other dog passes.
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