One of the frustrations I have as a dog owner walking in my own neighborhood (and as a professional dog walker) is the lack of common sense I encounter when walking dogs during the summer. For some reason when the weather is nice and people start spending more time outdoors or even just going in and out of their homes, common sense seems to have left their brains.
More often than I would like, I encounter a neighbor working in their yard with their dog off leash or propping their front door open while their dog stands in the doorway. None of these dogs are trained to stay on command. Just yesterday I was walking 2 of my 4 dogs and noticed a neighbor's front door wide open and their shih tzu was standing on their patio with no leash and no electric collar. Luckily, I saw him before he saw me and my two dogs and I crossed the street (I train my staff to do this as well) and kept a watchful eye on him.
The owners were oblivious to the situation and as the dog spotted us walking on the other side of the street he bolted out the open front door, ran across the street and barked at us as he approached us. I stopped and yelled "NO, STAY" as loud as I could and it wasn't until the owner heard me, he took "action" and ran after his dog yelling "no Max, bad dog come back here". Really? The dog is bad, no I don't think so.
As the dog stopped 4 feet away from us in the middle of the street he realized he better not come any further, as my two dogs were barking and lunging toward him. His owner then scooped him up in his arms, apologized to me several times and continued to yell at his dog for leaving the yard.
UGH...this is a huge pet peeve of mine for obvious reasons
Accidents happen, dogs get out once in a while. I get that and that is not what I am referring to, I'm referring to people who carelessly let their dogs out in the front with them, leave the garage door open or their front door open not thinking "what if someone is walking their dog in front of my house"?
Common sense is all that is needed to prevent a dog or dogs from getting lost, hurt or worse!
Tips on how to avoid those who don't use common sense