That being said, I realized that I need to be a better advocate for Claire in these situations, so I have been working hard to do all that I can to protect her from these instances. That means that I either...
- Speak up; I tell other owners who quickly approach and say, "Oh, my dog just wants to say hi to your dog!" (while their dog is sticking their nose right in Claire's face - where are their manners?!) that she does not deal well when getting approached while on a leash.
- Make a wide circle around the approaching owner and dog or change direction so that Claire does not get close enough to them to feel threatened.
- Position myself so that I am blocking Claire from making eye contact with the other dog, which is a nonverbal calming signal that tells both dogs that everything is okay and that there isn't a threat.
What are your thoughts?