What I Did When a Friend's Dog Jumped on Me
Posted at 03:20PM - Comments: (26)
As someone who works at home, I’m not required to dress up very often. I have exactly one pair of light khaki slacks that I’ll sometimes wear when trying to look nice – and it was these pants that, recently, a friend’s dog jumped all over about an hour before I had to have my picture taken.
And as a dog person, I’m accustomed to a certain amount of dog hair in my car and on my clothes. I vacuum the car before I carry passengers in the back seat (where my dog Otto sits) and carry a tape roller for taking hair off my clothes before going out to dinner or something. But that doesn’t mean I’m cheerful about having damp and dirty paws on me at any time! There are times I don’t want a dog to jump on me – my dog, or anybody’s!
And it brings up an awkward thing: what is the proper etiquette about being around a friend’s dog who is naughty? In the recent case, the next time the dog launched herself toward me, before she could jump on me again -- and without thinking -- I stomped my foot and clapped my hands and said No! And then I immediately felt like someone who had slapped another person’s child, as the formerly ebullient dog slunk away from me. My dog is fearful around people sometimes; what if someone had done that to him? It might have really set him back in the future! I still feel guilty about my unthinking response, but when it happened, I was still annoyed about those pants! Now, however, I wonder why I didn’t just turn away from the dog, like I would do with an untrained puppy. I am quite confident that my behavior was NOT an example of what one should do when a friend’s dog jumps on you.
How do you handle similar situations?