Welcome to our new regular post; Lessons In Dog Etiquette. Sharing the trials and tribulations of a first-time dog owner and one
disobedient sassy Bichon Frise Leni.
When you walk to the park twice a day, everyday, you get to know people and their dogs. There’s a big white husky who shakes with excitement every time he sees Leni, there’s a big floppy Dulux dog who has beautiful, kind eyes and there’s this little chihuahua who skips as he runs. Their little personalities shine through – and that’s what worries me. Because Leni isn’t know for being the cute fluffy little cloud she is. No, Leni’s known for rolling on her back and letting dogs do unthinkable things in the middle of the park.
Here’s what happens; Leni does her best come-hither walk (it’s this little trot that makes her bum wiggle), a dog pays just the tinsiest bit of interest and Leni goes all floppy and sits like a teddy bear. The other dog goes in for a sniff. Then before you know it, Leni’s got all four paws in the air and she’s lying on her back, stretched out on the grass like a common floozie. I didn’t teach her that trick – I promise.
She’ll even do it while attached to an extendable lead. There have been times when I’ve literally had to drag her away where she refuses to stand. She just lies there all limp – like a heavy toddler who refuses to move from the sweetie aisle in Tesco.
Like I said, she’s started to get a name for herself.
Now common dog etiquette dictates that sniffing is fine. It is how dogs identify each other after all. But there is an acceptable amount of time that dogs can sniff for. Other dog owners will back me up here; just enough time to say hello to the fellow dog owner and perhaps even enquire about the breed, or make a comment on the weather. Any longer and it goes from being socially acceptable to highly uncomfortable – unless of course you’re regular park-goers and can naturally extend the conversation further, all the while trying to ignore the soft-dog-porn going on right beneath your noses.
Now I’m a worldly kinda puppy muma, I understand Leni needs to make friends and all but this little act is earning her a reputation. I’ve had to tell her that this is no way to behave in public – that she needs to have some decorum and that she’s a lady. But no sooner are the words out of my mouth, her paws are facing the sky and she’s indulging in some questionable doggy business once again – right under my nose, nonetheless!
Cheeky little madam.
Anyone else’s fur babies do some pretty embarrassing things while in public?
Until next time,