To: People with “Friendly Dogs”, Off-Leash Dogs, & Retractable Leash Dogs
Running up to another dog and ignoring requests to go away is not “friendly”, it is rude. Just like people, DOGS NEED PERSONAL SPACE. If a stranger came up and put his hand on your body, you’d be allowed to step back, yell and push him away. Dogs have the same right to enforce their boundaries. Some dogs are called “reactive” because they are more sensitive than others. Reactive dogs are good dogs, they just need more distance and compassionate training. You can help them by honoring their need for personal space.