I meet a lot of dogs when I’m out running, mostly because I run on public footpaths and national trails that are perfect for dog walking. Most of the dogs are innocuous. I slow down slightly to work out which way they’re heading, and we pass each other without incident. Most of the owners are lovely, though some have a slightly odd sense of humour, including one couple who saw runners as the perfect opportunity to test their border collie’s knowledge of the chase and stop commands.
However, I was running along the other day when a little terrier-style-dog-product ran up to me and started barking and growling. I stopped and waited for its owner to retrieve it. As they did so, they said “he doesn’t like runners, one kicked him”.
I grunted something non-committal and continued on my merry way, wondering if maybe it was less a case of him having been kicked by a runner and more a case of him getting underneath a runner’s foot.
Whatever the truth of it, if your dog doesn’t like runners, then either keep it on the lead or make sure that it’s so well trained that it doesn’t act on its dislike. Your badly trained pooch should not become my problem.