Today’s outing –
Dad and I went to our local big box hardware store (again) for a handful of helically wrapped inclined planes with #2 Phillips heads, a basin wrench, and some packing tape. We also needed air filters, but we forgot those.
As we were standing in the hardware aisle picking the correct size we are approached from the right. A couple stops next to us and begins their own conversation about MY Gear! Dad adjusts his perspective and greets them.
They say, “Oh, Hi! We were just looking at your dog’s collar, wondering if that would work for us.” Dad wasn’t sure what they were into, so…maybe? (As a dog I don’t get that joke, ut Dad says it’s funny.) The couple went on to explain that they also have a Dane, now it’s a little more clear, and they were amazed at how well we work together. Their Dane is a pet and pulls a lot during walks. We demonstrated the loose lead and correction collar, but asked that they look into a wide band ‘gentle leader’ instead. Dad explained the differences and why a gentle leader is better for their issue, while he also explained how we use ours, and that for us, verbal communication and the jingle of the correction collar works for us. He explained to them that this collar was not a “choke collar” or to be used to control the dog by tightening when she pulled!
Dad was very clear that he only wanted a gentle lead for their girl. We were about to offer to get my leader from the truck and demonstrate that as well, but they seemed clear on the difference and eager to look into it.
The couple asked how old I was. We told them I was three years old. They shared that their girl was roughly the same age, and mentioned again how gentle I was. We encouraged them that they can help their dog not to pull, they just need to let her know what they want, and don’t let her out smart them. Dad said, early – often – short sessions with rewards and in no time she will be at your hip too.
I don’t know why, but we didn’t give them a ‘Casper Card’. We probably could have been a good resource to answer questions, or at least a play-date. I guess Dad was distracted by all the tools and man toys. But man, I would love a new Dane friend!!!!