|She might be cute off leash, but on leash is another story.|
This time, though, it was going pretty well. I wasn't stressed or in a hurry to get home, so we could take our time and really work through things. We looked ridiculous, I'm sure, as we would do a 360 in the middle of the sidewalk to get her back by my side when she started pulling, but she was catching on staying with me for longer periods of time than usual.
On really good days, we do it twice. Once with Rye on the outside so she can make slightly wider circles and once on the inside with even tighter circles. This particular day, we were struggling enough that we only did the exercise once because she was a little distracted by barking dogs and people coming in and out of the library at the other end of the parking lot.
When we came out of the exercise and went back to the sidewalk to head home, she was pulling again and I backed up and called her front. A car was leaving the parking lot, so we worked on a stay for a few seconds while they headed out and then we worked on our finish by having her come to my left side and sit before we started walking.
As we started walking, the car stopped in the road beside us. I looked over and there was a man in the driver's seat with the window down. He said hi. I said hi. Then he said, "I've seen about 20 people out walking their dogs today and you're the only one. . ."
At this point, I was sure he was going to say who had been training their dog. I was sure he was going to praise me for my patience working with Rye. Or ask how I'd learned to do these things with her.
Instead, he said, ". . . where you and the dog are both cute. Well, I mean attractive. She's cute. You're attractive."
I said thank you because what else can you say. But all it really made me want to do was go home and shower. I'm used to people stopping to comment on Barley and Rye or to ask questions about our training, but moments like this just make my skin crawl.
I guess the only solution, really, is to make sure that my next dog is a homely beast.