It’s a problem, really. I’ll be out walking my dog, enjoying the fresh air and the quietude of the morning, when I’ll see another dog coming towards us. And before I know it, I’m yelling. It’s like some sort of primal instinct takes over and I just can’t help myself.
I know it’s not the dogs’ fault. They’re just being dogs. But I can’t seem to help it. It’s like my brain just goes into overdrive and I start seeing all the potential hazards the other dog presents. What if they’re not friendly? What if they jump up on my dog? What if they try to bite him?
I know I should just relax and let the dogs sniff each other and say hello like normal people do. But I can’t. I just can’t stop yelling at dogs.
It’s not just a problem when I’m out walking my dog, either. If I’m at the park and there are dogs off their leashes, I’m yelling at them, too. I know I probably look like a crazy person, but I just can’t help it.
I’ve tried to rationalize it to myself. Maybe it’s because I grew up around dogs that were never properly socialized. Maybe it’s because I’ve been bitten by a dog before. Maybe I’m just a really anxious person and yelling at dogs is my way of trying to control the situation.
Whatever the reason, I just can’t stop yelling at dogs. And I really wish I could.