Not everyone likes dogs too much and I wasn't fussed either way until the grand dogs arrived. If dogs ran full pelt towards me, I would initially tighten up then relax and stay calm. Now generally I am relaxed and greet them.
This week, we were walking along a beach when a lab and collie ran towards us at high speed, tails wagging (an important clue), to say hello. They enjoyed a quick rub before bombing off to greet another couple. Their owner was calling them back but it was so windy I am not sure they could hear!
The lady of the couple, who clearly wasn't keen or even scared of dogs, was carrying a carrier bag. She panicked and kept lifting up her bag and telling them to go away. Unfortunately for her, they thought that a great game. Eventually they ran back to their owner and as she walked towards us and told us, in no uncertain terms, that we should have called our dogs back!
They aren't ours I replied!
I do feel for people who are scared of dogs but flapping with bags and hands, screaming or running away isn't the right thing to do. Try turning your back or just standing as calmly as possible. Hopefully they will just greet you then return to their owner.