Another dog walker, Lee Taylor-Belcher, says she also sees conflicts, thought not as often as Ashlock does. But the exceptions can really create havoc. Dog trainers blame owners for much of the conflict, noting that people talking on phones or chatting with friends while sitting in outdoor restaurants often don't watch their dogs' behavior.
Some owners act like their pet is "just a cute little man in a furry suit," says Ashlock. "No, he's a dog."