lately I have been walking Finlay in our cul-de-sac, because I am still having such a hard time with the loose leash walking, and his behavior around strangers. It is usually very quiet in the evenings, and Finlay has been doing alright. It is also easier to use some commands, when there are no distractions. So I usually walk for a while, and then DH joins us. There is a family who lives right up the street from us with a little boy. Several times they have been out, but I have always avoided contact, because Finaly just goes nuts when people try to pet him. This is one of the reasons why I have not been taking him to the park much.
Anyhow, tonight the little boy was out with his mom, and DH overheard him say that he wanted to pet the puppy. I am just moving along because I did not want to stop, and DH stops to let the boy and his mom pet Finlay.
Finlay went nuts. Hubby was trying to hold him in a stay position, but Finlay ran through the ladies legs, and in the process managed his way out of his collar. Hubby is trying to keep the lady from falling over, and I am picking up the little boy so Finlay would not knock him over. Meanwhile, Finlay is just running in circles, just going nuts. The lady was finally steady, and DH was able to put the collar back on Finlay. He finally calmed down, and the little guy had a minute to pet Finlay. So we get home, and Finlay was covered in little stickers he had picked up from their yard. We picked off about 100 or so of those things, with Finlay still going in overdrive. I was quite irritated ith DH, and explained to him that this is the reason I do not encourage people to stop and pet him. I know there will come a time when this will be possible, but it isn't yet.
I need your opinions please. Is it wrong of me to try and keep people from petting Finlay? I know it is hard to resist with all this fluffyness and cuteness, but he just gets out of control. Walking him with people around is very stressful to Finlay and I both. As far as loose leash walking, we are not very successful. I have tried, flat collar, chain collar, harness and gentle leader, many treats-to no avail. We have been to puppy and beginner obedience. Waiting for advanced obedience to be offered. DH and I work with him quite a bit, and he does well with commands, even recall. But that obviiousely did not work tonight
Finlay is the sweetest dog, and such a good boy. The only issue I have with him is the walking, and his behavior around strangers, who can not be avoided on our walks.