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Washington, DC: Observations on Dogs

I know a lot of terrible stories. I don’t seek them out, but friends, family and colleagues all have dogs, and they tell me. A dog got loose in a thunderstorm and was hit by a car. On the Fourth of July a neighbor’s dog panicked, ran and was caught between two fences overnight. A dog was stolen when left tied up in front of a grocery store. So, of course, when I saw the two dogs above at a Farmer’s Market in Washington, DC, dark thoughts prevailed.

Cute, yes? But don’t do it. Theft. A loose leash. An escape. It all boils down to losing your dog and a lot of pain.

I also notice terrible dog behavior, and I have no tolerance for it. Well, I have no tolerance for it with other people’s dogs. I tolerate it with my dogs because I love them like crazy. Terrible double standard. I’m aware.

We walked an average of ten miles a day while in DC and as we powered through an intersection a fifteen-pound muzzled poodle barked hysterically and lunged toward the nearest pedestrian. More than once. Yes, you read that correctly. While in DC I crossed paths with a fifteen-pound poodle that was, apparently, uncontrollable.

My recommendation? Put a pinch collar on that dog and when it charges an innocent pedestrian, correct it! Do that about three times and all of a sudden you have a dog that can walk at heel and be polite. I can’t speak to the muzzle without knowing the dog, and if the guy really had an aggressive poodle wearing a muzzle was a must, but training the dog to walk at heel will help EVERYTHING.

I went on and on about this to my friend Jessica, so I will try to keep it short here, but why oh why do people let their dogs behave so terribly? Take an obedience class PLEASE! Life will be better for you and your dog.

I don’t mean to sound like a pompous ass. What really helps me with this is going to work my search dog Kinsey with a bunch of other dog trainers. My fellow dog enthusiasts tell me when Quincy is too fat, and when I need to be quiet and let Kinsey search. They keep me humble.

I think I need it.

Our tour guide called the frame "braces" for The Capitol.
Our tour guide called the frame “braces” for The Capitol.
Bunches of flowers at the Saturday morning street fair.
Bunches of flowers at the Saturday morning street fair.
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Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
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Washington Monument
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The obligatory selfie.

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