The other day I was in the city with my sister. We were on our way to our favourite coffee shop – a destination Wiley’s knows well and he was doing a great job guiding me there. All of a sudden he stopped, paused and then did a 180 degree turn.
I instinctively follow and trust my dog so I turned with him. I asked my sister what was going on and she said he had caught sight of someone and was trying to follow them.
When I knew he had simply been distracted I stopped Wiley, told him to focus, gave the command for turning back and told him to follow my sister. He did as he was told but was still obviously a little distracted glancing in the direction of the person he had tried to follow. A minute later he was back to full concentration.
It is at times like this that I wish I could have a conversation with Wiley and ask him what on earth he was thinking. It was also a good reminder that Wiley is a living creature and like all of us will make mistakes.
My sister said the gentleman looked similar to my father so perhaps Wiley thought it was my dad. He loves my Dad as he plays tug with him and Wiley is used to following him whenever we are out and about – maybe that explains his behaviour. It is a little frustrating that I am never going to really know why he did what he did.
Once we sat down I told my sister that if Wiley was going to start following perfect strangers I’d prefer he pick out nice, appropriately aged single men as I haven’t been on a date in years 🙂