It makes a lot of sense to inform your dog that you are changing direction, want to stop or turn around. That you want to touch or lift it now.
It’s not nice when you are looking around or in a shop window and suddenly being pulled aside without comment, is it? If this happened to me umpteen times a day, I would be quite “irritable” or would no longer be interested in walking with this person, or I would hardly dare to look in shop windows because I would have to pay constant attention to them so that I could not that doesn’t happen. I might even like to go on with the person, I’m just immersed in something else. Linen leadership is a medal with two sides!
Being lifted off the floor by someone who can do it is not always fun. Let alone unexpected! If I am thinking somewhere else, I would not find it funny, but would be frightened if someone (even with the kindest intentions) grabbed my arm suddenly.
We have e.g. a signal for lifting. For my big dogs this is more the information “Don’t be scared and get ready, I’ll lift you up now” because they don’t like to sit on the lap or be carried around and are also much too heavy for that! So I almost only do it when I have to, e.g. at the vet. (“Fast” means I do it every now and then, without a potentially uncomfortable examination afterwards to reward them for keeping them still!)
On the other hand, I often lift my little one up because she wants to be on her lap, then she also “asks” for it (shows me that she wants it). I don’t just announce to her, I’m asking right because in many situations it is actually her decision. If I see how some people pick up their little dog without a comment or tear it up on a leash, I could pinch them myself. This is undignified and not an appropriate way of dealing with a social partner that I take seriously and respect.
All this unnecessarily increases the number of unpleasant effects on the dog, which in the worst case only becomes duller – or more nervous and reactive. We have to restrict our dogs very often in everyday life anyway, be it for their own safety, out of consideration for others or because it is simply a requirement. Why make it worse when it can often be avoided by letting my dog know beforehand?
It has nothing to do with “chatting” if you make sense of it and always use the same words. It’s not about “Yes, what does he have, doesn’t the Hundi like to go on with the Frauli? Does it smell so good, hm? Come on, go here, there, Karl …”. It’s just about the friendly information “Karl, attention – we’re going somewhere else now.” If you say it consistently and kindly to what is happening anyway, it is often not necessary to build it up. Anyone who wants to increase awareness and / or to come along – so much the better!
In principle, it is enough to address the leashed dog by name and then say a one-for-all word like “Come””. Just please don’t just stand still, start running or turn and pull the dog half off your feet. Often this is not done with malicious intent, but is at most thoughtlessness. For whom I wanted to raise awareness 😉