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So I took Buster for a short walk tonight since he has sutures I didn't want to over do it and he did GREAT.He sat at every stop sign when crossing the street which we have been working on and he pretty much stayed by my side but it was left then the right then the left then the right or right in front so what side should they be walking on,isnt there one particular side you want them to walk on? He had his hackles up for the first few minutes of our walk which I thought was odd but they did go down after awhile until he saw people then right back up they went,any reason for this? He did try to go after a rabbit and a squirrel but I gave a quick pop and he stopped but then whined and stared at the darn things till he could no longer see them.As I was walking back up our street which is up a hill I noticed a small mutt who was on a leash out front with his owners and I tightened up on busters lead so he was right by me with no slack to go anywhere and continued to walk and as soon as the owners looked at Buster they snatched up there mutt and went in then stared at me throught he window..........WTF.I should of said "Yea he'll kill ya with his kisses" :roll: When I dropped him off at the vet to be nutered I was walking up the ramp to go in the doors and another owner and there dog was behind me a few feet and Buster barked and gave a growl but kept on going well once in there I noticed that this other person and dog never came in so I looked and there he was standing outside waiting for Buster to go back before he brought his dog in :shock: I couldn't believe it.People are so rude to say it nicely.They dont know my dog, they dont know what he is like or how he behaves.I want to snap these peoples heads off when they act like this but I bite my tongue but I know it is only a matter of time before I bite my tongue off :? I dont remember going through this with my two pits who have since passed.Maybe the media has made it worse over the years but Buster isn't even a pit he is an AB,AH well let me stop now before this turns into a book :lol:

Do I look like I would bite ( Buster at 4 months ) he is 7 months now
 

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I have been wary of passing pit bulls with my dogs because pits are fighting dogs so I assume the dog is dog agressive. No offense - it's like if someone passes by me with their cat on a leash and picks up the cat because she assumes my sighthound would eat her cat. Try not to be offended.

As for heeling on the right or left. My dogs all learned heeling on the left but in agility Milo needed to be able to heel off lead from both sides so I switch up for variety. This reminds me of horseback riding lessons. We learn to mount and dismount on the right side of the horse. Once an instructor said, "it's an emergency, dismount from the left". My brain had no idea how to do it.

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My experience is the same with people's reactions.
I went walking Orson and a couple on the OTHER side of the street
saw us coming and snatched up their little yippy dog.
He wasn't barking but he was pulling to them. Now even if he was barking and growling and pulling, it doesnt mean i'm just gonna let go of leash and let Orson eat thier dog :? Btw, the little dog was leash-less!!!
Maybe i should have let Orson's leash slip outta my hands :wink:
teach those owners a lesson about the leash law!

I also had someone take their dog back outside vets office to wait till
we were done!!
 

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When I dropped him off at the vet to be nutered I was walking up the ramp to go in the doors and another owner and there dog was behind me a few feet and Buster barked and gave a growl but kept on going well once in there I noticed that this other person and dog never came in so I looked and there he was standing outside waiting for Buster to go back before he brought his dog in Shocked I couldn't believe it.People are so rude to say it nicely.They dont know my dog, they dont know what he is like or how he behaves.

Not to not agree with you, but to play devil's advocate, I too, would be leary if a dog barked at my dog. With the barking, I would think that a problem could arise, so out of courtesy for the office, I would wait a distance away. The reason being is as you stated, I do not know your dog or what he is like or how he would behave, therefore, I need to be cautious for both dogs saftey.

Maybe that is what they were doing.
 
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