Without any warning a hard rubber ball sailed over the bushes and bounced across the track in front of me yesterday.
A second later a wild-eyed grinning spaniel hurtled past in hot pursuit.
Fair enough, the owner couldn’t have known we were on the other side of the bushes.
But what happens if your dog is obsessed with chasing their ball, and you throw that ball straight at another dog/person/group of excited dogs….?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people who love throwing toys for their dog just haven’t thought ahead to the chance of an argument over the ball.
Some quick tips for your walk
- Don’t be a dirty space-invader if you take toys on your walk with your dog. Check for other people and dogs before you launch the ball. Avoid making your dog run straight towards another dog.
- If someone’s dog does run over when you’re about to use a chuck-it, don’t keep throwing the ball. Give the poor owner a chance to retrieve their wayward hound first.
- If your dog is obsessed with chasing or stealing balls, make sure you keep them on a long line in the danger zones, and don’t be scared to explain to other owners why you’re doing it!
Have a good week, and why not check out all our new blogs about the exciting weekend Well Connected Canine had:
Canicross workshops (Morag lies about distances) http://wellconnectedcanine.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/never-trust-morag-about-distance.html
Rehab Club (because silence is golden) http://wellconnectedcanine.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/rehab-club-brags-from-january-2018.html
Sports & Social Club (with bonus Landrover deconstruction) http://wellconnectedcanine.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/what-did-you-get-up-to-last-sunday.html
Morag and the collie girls
PS it’s your last chance to register for Monday classes (starting 5th Feb at Tockwith) so don’t delay!