This afternoon we were walking Molly, on the lead, in the grounds of a National Trust property near us. This is part of her 'meeting other people and dogs without going crackers' training as its always busy at the weekend with families and people with dogs. All was going fairly well until a dog appeared, off lead, very excited and sent Molly bonkers. Don't misunderstand, he was a lovely dog, some sort of doodle, very poodle like, a big lad. His people, 2 adults and 2 children were some way off, all laughing loudly and happily as their dog sent Molly into a state of near hysteria as she was on the lead and couldn't get away. We were expecting these folks to realise and call their boy back, but no, they clearly thought this was highly amusing. I tried to shoo him off and discourage the prancing and leaping, OH who was holding Molly's lead almost tipped over, but in the end I had to call to them to 'Please call him back'. They promptly did and made a huge fuss of him when he went back to them. All very well for them but not so good for Molly. I was going to try to explain to them why I asked them to call their dog away but they turned back before I had the chance. I'd hate to think they thought we were unkind to their dog, no intention of that at all, but why can't some people see that you are trying to train and control a young dog and just show a bit of thought. Right, moan over.