Pyrrha’s first softball game

Before we left on our beach vacation, I took Pyrrha to her first softball game.

As you can see from her ears, she was a little uneasy at first.
As you can see from her ears, she was a little uneasy at first.

The event was busier than I had anticipated, with lots of people, kids, and a few other dogs.

She is still having some reactivity issues.

Softball game | Doggerel

Can I just take a moment to complain again about irresponsible dog owners who walk their dogs on retractable leashes? UGH. This young woman had her mix breed on a retractable leash and the dog just started coming for Pyrrha. I get up immediately and start backing away from them, calling to the woman, “Please, my dog is shy…” but she does NOTHING to rein her dog in. The dog just keeps coming for us. Finally, Pyrrha lets out a HUGE warning bark, and that’s enough to stop the dog. The woman finally pulls her dog back, and I hear her mutter, “Jeez, we didn’t do anything!” Again: UGH! Ugh. The ignorance of some people…

Obviously, not everyone who uses one of these contraptions is irresponsible, but I see this behavior happen time and time again with retractable leashes. Unless you have great verbal control of your dog, just say no to retractable leashes. (Or, say no to them in crowded areas like a softball game on a Friday night.)

Anyway. Aside from that incident, Pyrrha did really well. She was nervous at first (as she still is in all new environments), but after about 15 minutes, she was sitting on my friends’ feet and even taking a nap in the grass. I’m always proud of her growing ability to overcome her fears. This event, though, was a reminder that I still need to be really vigilant about her socialization. She still has lots of room to grow!

4 thoughts on “Pyrrha’s first softball game

  1. I don’t think I have ever seen an owner use a retractable leash in a responsible way. Ever. We get these folks in the store all the time and they just let their dogs go. Which then means the dogs get hung up and caught on all the displays knocking stuff over. Good times!

    Glad that Pyrrha handled all the new situations well! What a good girl!

  2. I am not a fan of retractable leashes at all! Not only do you have no control over your dog, but if you need to do something with two hands, you’re totally out of luck!

  3. I think retractable leashes should be a thing of the past. Many owners just don’t know how to keep their dog under control in crowded situations and they lose any influence when their dogs is yards away from them. I also agree about the hands-free thing. At least with a traditional leash, you can have it over your arm/wrist and still have your hands free if needed.

    Keep up the good work with Pyrrha – she’s a lovely girl and looks to you for leadership and strength.

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