I'm not avoiding you...My dogs just don't play well with others.

Real Estate Agent with Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 NC 166249

I love walking my dogs, and I love my dog friendly neighborhhood but sometimes it's a huge challenge.  I have 2 adorable Jack Russell Terriers, Kirby and Chloe, who love to play with other dogs but not if they're on leashes.  Since we have a leash law in our town, they're always on leashes for our walks.


If you see me coming toward you with my dogs when you're out walking yours and I suddenly turn and go the other way, don't take it personally.  I'm not avoiding you.  I'm simply getting my dogs out of the way before they scare you or your dogs or just royally embarrass me.  If we continue on and pass you, they will pull, jump, bark ferociously and just about pull my arms out of their sockets to get to your dogs.  If I must continue on and pass you, you'll see me duck my head, hide my red face and walk as quickly as I can to get pass.  


Fortunately, I also love walking alone.  When you see me out without my dogs, please stop to chat.  I really do like you.


Comments (16)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Marian. I have four rescues and can relate. Luckily I have a large fenced in yard in massachusetts where I now live. I used to have this problem in NJ with my last two. 

Feb 12, 2020 11:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Marian, some of the dog walkers in my neighborhood have dogs like yours too.  Best to keep them apart.  

Feb 12, 2020 12:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Better to be safe than sorry. I've heard too many stories of owners having trouble restraining their dogs that ultimately get loose & go after other smaller dogs.

Feb 12, 2020 01:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Marian- what a cute post!!! My Brittany, when she was alive, was not good on a leash so walking her was a challenge. She wanted to say hello to everyone. 

Feb 12, 2020 06:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 15, 2020 06:55 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Marian Goetzinger - sounds like adorable dogs.  I would like to meet you on a walk without dogs.

Feb 16, 2020 04:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Marian - The safe rather than sorry comment by Debe Maxwell, CRS is a smart one that every dog owner should follow.  

Feb 16, 2020 05:48 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

My Sweet Golden Charlotte was shy and got mad when other dogs came too close but totally fine watching others play on our puppy play Saturdays. Eventually, we stopped going when she had a fit.

Feb 16, 2020 08:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No dogs here any longer, but I can definitely relate. We see altercations often when out walking along the beach - lots of people with dogs along the "boardwalk" and some are definitely protective.


Feb 16, 2020 01:59 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Too funny! My husband and I were just discussing our last dog who barked viciously at anyone that passed our house (we had an electronic fence and wouldn't run out of the yard.)

The thing was, she was the sweetest dog on the block and every child of every age could walk up to her and hug her without concern. But you'd never know it watching her barking - unless you saw her wagging her tail at the same time!

Feb 16, 2020 02:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Marian Goetzinger ,

Loved your post and so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! We have a leash law in our community and most people abide by it which is wonderful. Its just not worth it to not take the ordinance seriously!

Feb 16, 2020 04:02 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'll bet any dog walker who sees you do a U-Turn totally understands! Have a great day!

Feb 17, 2020 06:10 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Understand this all too well, been a while since I have had my own dogs , but walking my sons' dogs I know this feeling all too well.

Feb 17, 2020 12:11 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I have a feeling my Katie would be the same - not playing well with strangers. She's fine when we see other dogs and even the cat at the vet's office, but when she's in the car and we pass a dog walking on the road she has a barking fit.

Since she weighs 100 pounds, I'm glad I don't have to restrain her!

Lucky for us she has plenty of acres on which to take her own walks, often accompanied by my son's dog. The two of them love nothing better than to blast out of the house and down over the hill, barking and chasing away anything that just might be there. (Sometimes that's wild turkeys and we're glad to have the dogs chase them away!)

Feb 17, 2020 08:07 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I do a similar thing with my . He is shy and doesn’t like someone ( he doesn’t know ) to attempt to pet him ( until he is ready).

Apr 15, 2020 05:49 AM