I mentioned yesterday that August did really well meeting people and not barking. He is timid and gets startled easily. The problem is not that he startles easily, the problem is he doesn't recover from it. He will continue to bark, long after the fact. We have been working very hard on that, giving him lots of space between him and the world and moving slowly towards anything he is unsure of. We tell others that they can NOT pet him. His hair is soft and flowing and beautiful but it's not to be handled by anyone who just wants to feel it. It feels like hair, freshly washed hair!
We have walked into and out of many places because all August could take was a few minutes of the location.
I grabbed August off the ground and looked at the boy saying that I dont' know who ever told him that it was funny but it's not and how would he feel if someone who was a lot bigger than him got 2 inches from his face and began to yell at him. I told the boy that it was a mean thing to do to any dog not just little ones. At that I called Becke to me and walked away. It all happened in a matter of seconds. But it did happen to one little dog who has a problem recovering from being startled and this little boy did startle my little dog. By time I got to the car the little boy was off playing with his friend.
August didn't bite him which I'm glad about, but that could have happened. Would this boys parents then find it still funny? Most likely not and August would be blamed.
I told August that the outburst he gave, didn't count towards his great day!! He still walked up to many people letting them pat him. He climbed up a few of their legs and wagged his tail like mad!
He is a little dog, he is trying to recover from being startled and let it shake off his back. He is working hard and doing a great job. I see in him the ability to reach out to many. I see a bigger future for him.
So here is my Pet Peeve - Parents, don't let your kids yell at dogs, it's not nice.
OK I'm off my soap box now. Thank you for letting me vent. What is your pet peeve?