A few days ago someone’s dog slipped its leash and came running up to say hello to Spencer. His owner arrived in a real panic to retrieve her obviously friendly dog. Turns out she’s been told to avoid me and the Spendog because he’s extremely aggressive! Spencer is about as far from aggressive as you can get, he sees every strange dog as a potential new best buddy as far as I can tell. I’m not sure whether this has been someone spreading a nasty rumour or whether it’s a case of a misunderstanding of some sort. I did shout at a few people back when I had Rupert and they let their dogs run up to him so perhaps they recognise me as that nasty person who shouts and is aggressive rather than saying it’s Spen that’s aggressive lol. Or perhaps there’s another yellow dog in the area who is aggressive and who I just haven’t encountered.
A while back someone else said something about worrying about their dog around Spen because of how dominant Spen is. Dominant?? Even if I believed dogs had a rigid dominance hierarchy I would not describe Spencer as a dominant dog. Okay, he’ll tell another dog off if they’re being rude and nobody steps in to stop it. And if another dog starts on him he’ll have a go back. But that doesn’t make a dominant dog surely? As for someone being worried about their dog around him…well he has no interest at all in this particular dog. He’ll have a brief mutual sniff if they meet while out but that’s as far as it’s ever gone. He’s never so much as looked at him funny let alone given cause for concern! Even if he were to tell him off (the dog in question is an adolescent male who has been known to push the boundaries) then at most it’d be an air snap and a roar sort of thing, not blood and guts and emergency vet treatment.
In a way I find all this a bit laughable, the thought of my Silly Spendog being this dominant, status seeking, aggressive dog is utterly bizarre. But in another it annoys me. I don’t want people avoiding us because of something someone’s said that simply isn’t true. I certainly don’t want reporting to the authorities for having an aggressive dog when he’s anything but aggressive!
But on to happier things. Been practising loose leash walking on the collar again and going for nice, relaxed if pully walks on the harness. Last week we went to the woods through town again and he walked most of the way there and all the way back on a nice loose leash on his collar. He really isn’t a fan of having to do that. I think it’s the not being able to stop and sniff all the time that he hates. He looks all sulky and grumpy about it lol. I let him sniff where it’s appropriate but that’s not good enough, he wants to sniff it all. We had a very nice walk in the woods though. Stopped at the bottom of a hill because there was a large dog standing at the top staring down at us, very stiff and not friendly looking. Owner leashed it and moved it on so we carried on. Spen sat nicely and waited until we moved again. A few minutes later we went round a corner and he was practically nose to nose with a Teckel. Poor little thing cowered and wanted nothing to do with him. Instead of jumping on it or anything Spen sat down and just whined a little until it passed.
We had a lot of RSPCA face from Spencer as we went along the river and I refused to let him swim. It was a cold day and he was stuck on a leash and I had no towel or anything with me. He was NOT impressed at there being water and him not able to go in. A lovely lady I know online is sending him a coat her dogs have outgrown so in future he can go swimming to his hearts content and I won’t have to worry about him freezing on the walk home. He doesn’t seem to notice the cold normally but if he’s soaked to the skin it’s likely going to be another matter. Especially as it’s about a 40 minute walk home at least. No doubt I’ll get all sorts of nasty comments about my Lab wearing a coat but oh well. I got nasty comments last year as he was out in the snow naked, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t it seems lol.
And in other news, it seems we’ve finally had the light bulb moment with Spin! It’s not a nice, tight spin at the moment, it’s more of a walk in a small circle but I can build on that. We’ve also been playing Find The Treat I’ve Hidden Somewhere In The Room. Ooooh boy is that one a hit! I have ordered a book on scent work and hopefully will be able to start doing something along those lines with him.
And now I think we need pictures don’t we? Let’s start off with the zoomies in the ditch of muddy water, love the 10 shot function on my camera.
He seemed very pleased to be muddy again
But I’m sure he’s made of teflon or something coz it never seems to stick to him long
Poor Spendog, having to sit by the river and not go in!
I think this place must be beautiful in summer. Bet it’s busy though!
And finally, another online friends Beagle has a thing about balancing on tree stumps and logs but Spen can’t possibly jump or climb onto one so we got a Dog By A Log pic instead of a Dog On A Log one.