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This morning my husband put the dogs out in the yard before 7 AM. As is typical, Pogo saw something that excited him and started barking. The pup joined in. I brought them both in, because its really not fair for my neighbors to have to listen to barking dogs.

A few minutes ago I again heard the cacophony of poodle voices outside. I got up, thoroughly ticked at having to interrupt work, to go bring the dogs in again. Except...it wasn't my pair. One of my neighbors with a leash reactive small standard had encountered a much larger standard (probably 75 pounds) that very rarely walks in our neighborhood. The owner of the smaller dog, which was having a complete meltdown, had dragged him into my front yard while the big dog woofed back at him from the street.

I'm sorry the other dogs had an excited confrontation, but it does make me feel better that other peoples dogs are idiots too.
 

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I am amazed that you have that many standard poodles in your neighborhood! I walk all the time in my large suburban neighborhood and never encounter another standard. I do see a couple if I walk in a nearby state park but that is about it.
 

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I am amazed that you have that many standard poodles in your neighborhood! I walk all the time in my large suburban neighborhood and never encounter another standard. I do see a couple if I walk in a nearby state park but that is about it.
The neighborhood has had one or two in addition to my pair for probably the last 20 years. The older ones lived further away, and one owner used to walk at something like 5 AM, so I rarely saw them. I think these dogs might have died of old age by now. The little spoo lives quite near, so I see him daily. The big one lives some distance away, so I only see him when one of us is on an extra long walk.
 

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I am amazed that you have that many standard poodles in your neighborhood! I walk all the time in my large suburban neighborhood and never encounter another standard. I do see a couple if I walk in a nearby state park but that is about it.

No one seems to have poodles at all in my area and diva seems to be quite the spectacle sometimes, she loves it, she get so much attention. Yesterday a lady even shouted to me “I love ur dog!”
 

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We have a beautiful silver standard that walks by daily with his humans and a collie. Between the standard and the collie, at least one of them is barking at all times as they go alllll the way down the street, and then allllll the way back up.

It can be irritating when it spooks Peggy, but mostly I'm just so impressed by the owners' dogged commitment to these mortifying walks.
 

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It can be irritating when it spooks Peggy, but mostly I'm just so impressed by the owners' dogged commitment to these mortifyi
Just think of it as good distraction training. Lol.

We have two other spoo's in the next neighborhood over, one on each side. I never I mean never see them. Someone near us has a little poodle and drives by in her convertible daily.
 

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We have a beautiful silver standard that walks by daily with his humans and a collie. Between the standard and the collie, at least one of them is barking at all times as they go alllll the way down the street, and then allllll the way back up.

It can be irritating when it spooks Peggy, but mostly I'm just so impressed by the owners' dogged commitment to these mortifying walks.
Whoa! How do they handle that?!😧
 

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Whoa! How do they handle that?!😧
I can tell they're trying so hard to work on it. But their approach seems to be to keep the leashes extremely short and tight. I'm guessing they don't realize they're constantly communicating to their dogs: Be on guard! I am very tense! You should be, too!

They also walk spaced out in a line, each of them with a dog, about ten feet apart. So they're not even getting to chat and enjoy themselves.

Peggy reacted hysterically to a dog today, for the first time ever, and nothing would snap her out of it. So I really do empathize.
 

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I can tell they're trying so hard to work on it. But their approach seems to be to keep the leashes extremely short and tight. I'm guessing they don't realize they're constantly communicating to their dogs: Be on guard! I am very tense! You should be, too!

They also walk spaced out in a line, each of them with a dog, about ten feet apart. So they're not even getting to chat and enjoy themselves.

Peggy reacted hysterically to a dog today, for the first time ever, and nothing would snap her out of it. So I really do empathize.
That not fun at all😔

I'm sorry that that happened.
 

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That not fun at all😔

I'm sorry that that happened.
But we just had our daily collie & poodle walk-by, and Peggy looked at them like, "What is your problem?" and went back to training. So yay! A win. :)

The only poodle we see, and it’s only been in the last few weeks, is a stately white standard that walks impeccably between (!) its owners. Sigh.
Don't you just love/hate those perfect poodles! Lol.

I will say that we learned with our last girl that putting her in between us significantly reduced her pulling and reactivity. She would fall right into line. I suspect it's because she was so small that she didn't want to lose focus and get stepped on.
 

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But we just had our daily collie & poodle walk-by, and Peggy looked at them like, "What is your problem?" and went back to training. So yay! A win. :)

Awesome win!! :cool:



Don't you just love/hate those perfect poodles! Lol.

I will say that we learned with our last girl that putting her in between us significantly reduced her pulling and reactivity. She would fall right into line. I suspect it's because she was so small that she didn't want to lose focus and get stepped on.
Lol I love/hate those perfect Poodles or other dogs too😂 I'm like " Why can't Sisko be like that?😢 but I have started to tell myself that one Sisko will be one of those dogs one day.
 
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