I'm sure the woman with the puppy was trying to be polite when asking before she let her dog come up to Daisy. But it's not just about being "unfriendly". It can be a lot more complicated, and most dog owners don't have the time, patience or energy to explain the subtleties (not that other dog owners care to listen either). Whether to save time or face, I've lied and told people she was sick. (Tell someone your dog had giardia and watch how fast they leave you alone!) Mostly I use, "yes she's friendly, but she's in training", which is true. She's in training to overcome her anxiety around dogs.
Why do I bring all of this up? I recently found a new, fantastic way to tell dog owners to give you some space. Because in reality it is truly about needing space, not about being unfriendly. The idea is called The Yellow Dog Project and I think it's brilliant:
AdopTee's will have yellow ribbons available at our upcoming events for a $1 donation to a local shelter, along with additional information about The Yellow Dog Project.