Some days Rumpy and I go for walks and things go smoothly.
And then some days, Rumpy gets into one of his moods.
Take yesterday, for example.
We went for a walk on our new route. It’s a new route because a certain dog one day refused to walk the old route any longer. Our new route takes us down the sidewalk beside a busy street. Why do we now walk this way? I don’t know, but it was either that or not walk at all (yes, he did refuse to walk unless we went “his” way).
Anyway, yesterday he decided that he wanted to take a detour through the parking lot of a building that’s for sale. We went, because I thought he was looking for a place to poop. Instead he maneuvered us toward three fellas standing outside the back door of their business. It was clear that Rumpy wanted to go and say hello, but I could tell the men weren’t comfortable with him, so I tried to steer Rumpy away.
But no, he was determined.
I tried to redirect. I tried to just wait him out. I even yelled at him (I know it doesn’t work, but I was clearly frustrated). This went on for five minutes, and all in the view of the three men.
But eventually we did leave the area and return to our usual route. What finally changed his mind?
The guys went inside.
I have to say that I envy those of you with dogs that always follow commands. It must be nice to not have to argue with your dog about which way to go, or have to push your dog out of the street because he is determined to smell that spot in the middle of the road.
But then again, walks with Rumpy make life exciting.