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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I need suggestions, please.
My question is: If ever asked, what could I tell people who ask to pet or say hello to him? Especially children without scaring anyone?
I tend to get anxious around people as it is, but I'm doing much better at being calm. But I panic when I see someone up the road that they will want to get close and/or pet Brut. I understand that I'm not helping out Brut's behavior and that he is likely reacting on my fear to protect me, but I think it would help to be able to have an assertive, yet plausible line to tell someone who would like to get close. It would really help me calm myself down.
My backup plan was saying that Brut was in training and couldn't be petted. But here's my problem, I can't lie, it only adds to my anxiety. The days I may be really training him, I could say that, but out for a regular walk, I don't know that I can do it. What can I say that is the truth, without having to say he's aggressive or reactive or something along those lines?
What do you say when you don't want someone close or petting your dog when you and your dog need space? How do you handle situations like that?
Thank you, I could really use all the suggestions I can get. I am plum out.