Are Festivals Fun for Fido?
Over the long weekend I went to a few festivals/craft show/markets. They were lovely – festive, fun, bright colors, loud noises, and food! Oh, the food. There was a teem of people, and many, many dogs. I sat down to enjoy my food and people watch, which ended up being dog watching.
First, allow me to say I love my dogs, and I like to take them with me when I go places, but I’m not sure festivals like this (designed for people, not pets, though there were no ‘no pets’ signs that I saw) are always the best idea for dogs. I saw a few dogs who were having a lovely time (loose leash, gentle eyes, seemingly unstressed) but I saw far more stressed out, lunging, hauling, panting, drooling, yelping dogs who didn’t seem to be having quite so much fun. Their owners seemed pretty annoyed too.
This made me wonder, how many of us actually take our dogs to festivals or open markets? Is it a good idea? (Quick note, I think this is great for puppy socialization, but for that I would sit down, not walk around. Pups are squishable in such a throng!) What are your thoughts? I’m not sure I’ve made my mind up yet about it…