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Correcting a Strange Dog

Do Tell: Do You Correct Other People's Dogs in Public?

While out shopping last weekend, I spotted a Rhodesian Ridgeback roaming the aisles of Sephora. How lovely, right? Well, not quite as the big dog was off leash while his owner was browsing and chatting with the salesgirl.

As my friend was checking out, I noticed the pooch made his way behind the counter to try his best to get something from a box underneath one of the registers. I snapped my fingers and said "No! Stop!" in a loud, firm voice which caught the dog's attention and he trotted off to sniff elsewhere. Finally, the owner walked out — without buying anything! — and the pooch dashed out after her, knocking his wagging tail into a couple passersby in the process.

While I didn't approach the human, I thought it was odd that I seemed to be the only one concerned about what his nosy nose was getting into? What would you do in this situation?

lostinsomniac lostinsomniac 7 years
I most likely would have done the exact same thing you did, or at least distract the dog in some way. It's kind of ridiculous what some people allow their dogs to do. I would never imagine letting Pru, who is far smaller than a Rhodesian Ridgeback, wander off leash in a store, even if it were a pet store.
reggaecupcake reggaecupcake 7 years
i have brought my dog with me to sephora before, actually i bring home all over the place with me, he goes to work with me everyday so he goes wherever i go during the day. but i never let him roam around stores! i always carry him because im afraid he is going knock stuff over or pee on something! and i only have a chihuahua!! Rhodesian Ridgebacks are huge!! it should not have been off the leash and let to roam big shopping no no! you should have talked to the human and tell them to at least leash it up, there are leash laws!
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