Because this was the first pack walk, we did not bring Mushroom, who is leash-reactive toward other dogs. We had wanted to put our best foot forward by just bringing Badger. This turned out to be a good decision because we saw a couple of off-leash dogs, even though the park had signs up saying that all dogs needed to be leashed. We turned Badger around and steered him away from the off-leash dogs, and luckily, he didn't react in any way. I kind of thought I should have talked to their owners, but I didn't want to ruin an otherwise pleasant morning by starting a confrontation.
Since this park was about a half hour drive away from our apartment, although we had a good walk, we probably won't be going back unless there's a scheduled pack walk. In the meantime, we'd like to find a trail closer to home where a lot of people walk their dogs, so we can practice walking Badger (and eventually Mushroom) past other dogs. Hopefully we will actually be able to make it to a pack walk on time in the future!
|Happy Badger after our solo "pack walk"|
What do you do when you meet off-leash dogs (and their owners) on walks?