Anyways, I was just down at the community shopping centre with hubby and daughter, and the dog. I stayed outside with Duncan with hubby took the baby inside.
Now my pup is a 14month old bosterious wee boy who has to say hello to everyone, every single person. A guy came up to me, dressed in blue overalls on a stinking hot day, and he looked scruffy and really really wired, like he was on something.
He just walked straight on up and tried to pat Duncan. I immediately got nervous, from the way he came across and because people should not touch my dog without my permission. Duncan sunk back and got low. Not agressive like, nor submissive though. The guy tried to keep playing with the dog, while started to get far to close with me, stroking my arm etc. Duncan got behind me, and growled long and low until the guy went away.
As I said, normally he loves everyone, too much.
I started heading over towards the supermarket to get myself around people for the security. We are bound to see someone we know, its a close knit safe place generally, and I'd rather handle a bouncy dog then a spooky guy.
Now by then I had met up with hubby, who manages the local preschool. A four year old bounds up to him. I prepare myself and expect him to either a) growl because of what just happened or b) jump up and get too excited, because thats what he does, but he surprised us all with a C). He sat down, and wagged like mad while the kids gave him a scratch.
Normally when we get home from being out without him, he rushes up and jumps all over us. Twice now, he's sat 'behind the line' on command, stayed, let us get everyone in, then we pat and he's allowed to get excited.
For the last few weeks he has slept on the floor in our room. It used to be a bed. Technically I know thats a nono, but I was a bit meh about it. I gave him a few rugs on the floor, and he's taken to them beautifully.
Sometimes training can be so fustrating, but its times like these I appreciate my dog so much, and it's heartwarming to see him transform into a loving, semi-sane family pet