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How To Avoid Confrontations With Other Dog Owners

Confrontations with other dog walkers can get super awkward. People are so protective of their dogs and often don’t take kindly to any negative comments about their beloved pooch. Some dog owners can be complete know it alls, trying to tell everyone else how to train their dogs. This is exhausting and can easily tip you over the edge.

All dog owners have not only learn how to deal with other people’s dogs, but also their owners. Some very bitter rows can take place at local dog parks because owners can’t keep it together. This can occasionally cause problems with the dogs too, because they pick up on our tension and body language. The last thing you want in a dog park full of 20 dogs is two humans shouting at each other.

Dog owners can often get on very well, stopping to chat to each other on walks. Us dog lovers just adore talking about our favourite subject, dogs. Unfortunately when it comes to dog training, there are so many mixed opinions. Often people will feel very strongly about a particular way of training, and this can cause tension.

As a responsible, considerate and kind dog owner, you probably want to avoid confrontations where possible. Here are some top tips on how to avoid confrontations with other dog owners:

  • Don’t join the cliquey group of dog owners at the park. You know, the ones that all gather together and moan about other people’s dogs.
  • Make friends with a few other dog owners sure, but otherwise don’t try and talk to everyone while out on dog walks.
  • If you have an opinion about how someone is handling their dog, keep it to yourself (unless their dog is dangerous or causing major problems).
  • Don’t try and tell other people how to train their dogs, even if you think you are being helpful, most people don’t like it (unless they specifically ask for your opinion).
  • Keep your dog under control at all times. Be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your dog. Don’t give other dog owners a reason to come up to you and complain.
  • If you disagree with something another dog owner says, politely explain your opinion. Avoid heated discussions about sensitive topics.


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