He doesn't know you but he'll follow you

Because he is a juvenile spaniel with limited experience and capacity for informed decision making and you are a responsible person.

SCENARIO 1

Imagine you are "Couple A", walking your dogs on the heath with your partner. It's early evening and the light will soon fade. Coming towards you with their spaniel are Couple B. As you pass each other you exchange hellos and your dogs play with the spaniel, who follows you. Couple B call their spaniel several times and continue walking in their original direction. You turn a corner, Couple B are now out of sight but still calling and whistling for their dog who remains with you.

What do you do next?

SCENARIO 2

You are Couple B. You say hello to Couple A as they pass you and watch your spaniel play with their dogs. As usual your spaniel follows his new playmates and you walk on, waiting for him to return to you once line of sight is lost, as he normally does. He takes his time and you call his name and use your audible dog whistle, but to no avail. This is unusual and worrying, so you walk quickly in the direction the group disappeared in and pass somebody else who tells you which path in the maze of the heath they took. Running now and frantically calling and whistling for your dog, you reach another intersection of several paths, but there is no sign of Couple A, their dogs or your spaniel. The light is fading and you are painfully conscious of the fast and busy road bordering the heath by the car park.

What do you do next?

Anna Figiel

Mick Say

micksay

He doesn't know you but he'll follow you

Hi Anna Scenario 1 - I follow my reverse route back to where we passed couple B expecting that they are following this direction to find their dog. If not I will take the dog home and report the "lost dog" to the police. Scenario 2 - I will follow the route I thought Couple A took for a while and give them back their dog. or take the dog home and report the lost dog to the police. Scenario 3. - If couple A looked like those scoundrels who mistreat their dog - and if the dog was a of nice playful character - I would keep the dog.... Reminds me of how we got our second dog in my youth... I kid you not... Did I pass the test ? Cheers Anna - Mick

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William Buist

WilliamBuist

He doesn't know you but he'll follow you

Scary - I've always stood still for a while then retraced, only once had one of the totally vanished, but he was an entire male and there was a more interesting scent..... Hope all is well.

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Carolyn Williams

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He doesn't know you but he'll follow you

Ditto Julia here Anna :) I have had more than enough hair raising moments as Louis is not my KC Spaniel (he's my daughters) and realise the owner is in control. I tend to think for others, so would send the other dog back to his/her rightful owners. The joys of having Spaniels! Wuff and Whoosh! C:)x

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Julia McDaid

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He doesn't know you but he'll follow you

If I was couple A , I'd take him back, at least to where he could see his owners and watch him run back I have two dogs and I've had other dogs follow and want to play, so had to point the other dog back in the right direction. One of mine loves playing with kids and if she is having too much fun will run back to join them!

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