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For dogs who need a bit more space

If you have never lived with a reactive or nervous dog it might be difficult to understand why some dogs and their people are anything but thrilled when your dog eagerly rushes up to them, with or without you in tow.

Rather than judging them or even imposing ourselves and our dogs onto them and their dogs, let us help them.

Whatever the reason might be that they do not wish to have contact with you: that’s OK. There is no social contract that says that every dog has to want to play with all other dogs. Just as you do not want to talk to everyone you see on the sidewalk either.

If your dog does not have any issues: Count your blessings!






  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm