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Usually people here will give you a heads up.

That said Hank will lunge at fast moving runners and bikes... especially if they clip by really fast. I wouldn't think it aggressive at all, in fact it's pretty normal for a lot of breed types. So I wouldn't worry about it at all. It just triggered that almost auto reflex to chase. He does the same thing with my vacuum and broom...

Obviously you work on keeping your head when around fast moving things but just lunging toward a moving object or person isn't aggressive... I don't even really consider Hank reactive. He is triggered by movement.
 

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Interesting thread. I hadn't given this much thought prior to reading the OP. I doubt most of the general public gives lots of thought to this and there may not be any real standard etiquette with this. The person that you encounter may not have intended to be rude. It's possibly a rural vs urban thing and possibly a regional difference. I haven't given people any sort of warning in the past but I do try to keep some space between myself and other people walking their dogs. That's true even when I'm not walking my dogs. I do live in a rural neighborhood which is mostly composed of dirt roads. Despite it being a rural dirt road, there's plenty of people walking their dogs.

One time I was walking on a sidewalk and a man physically pushed me out of his way. That I found quite rude.
 

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I should mention that other people do give me space while I'm walking my dogs too. I think being in rural area here people almost expect you to notice a runner (or a person walking their dog) in the distance hence the lack of warning. I do notice people 99.9% of time.
 

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What's funny about this is that people can be rather friendly here. Passing runners have sort of warned me by striking up conversation and commenting about how gorgeous my dog is or whatnot. :)

I'd be worried about running by really close to someone and them getting POed and trying to trip me. lol
 

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I dont mean to be rude, but i dont think the runner was in the wrong. I often jog with me dog (i jog, she walks lol) and i wear headphones and have my hood up so im pretty unaware of my surroundings so quite often, cars, dogs, people, will come up behind us very fast. My dog is slightly reactive but i keep the leash very short and her next to me so if i feel a tug on the leash i immediately know shes trying to go towards something and i give a quick jerk on the leash and shes back on me. I would definitely take a step back in your training and start exposing her more to runners, also you may consider a muzzle so if she does lunge at someone the worst she could do it trip them.
Sorry but i tend to be more sympathetic to the runner as i am one. But i do think you're over worrying and this can be avoided in the future with some sort of training. Best of luck!
 

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I am glad i stumbled upon this thread as i never thought about giving space to other dogs when im running or giving a heads up. So its definitely something ill add into my run to be more safe and help other people with their pets
 
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