He also did a wonderful job in obedience...ignored a leashed dog making contact with his butt.
On the negative, had a defcon 10 moment with both dogs and people this week. The encounter with the person happened when Sagan was meeting Duncan, a 4 month old sheltie pup:
|Sagan tolerated a LOT of puppy behavior.|
|And tolerated a young child well.|
In retrospect, I should have leashed him and left when I saw the other dog, but....
The dog experience came today. Arranged a dog playdate with the folks(dogs) I normally have Sagan play with. When I arrived, 2 new dogs were there with my friend...2 boxers. Again, my decision making skills and advocacy for Sagan were faulty. Knowing his reactivity, I should have asked her to leave the 2 new dogs in her car until I got Sagan in and off leash. Instead, her dog ran up to Sagan. I consciously kept the leash very loose, and started to turn away with him after a short sniff. I am not sure who aggressed first, but I kept spinning with Sagan's head, and the other dog kept aggressing, and aggressing. I am pretty certain I got nipped on the hand in the process, and I am surprised this didn't end up worse. The lady had to physically remove her dog (LARGE boxer). I find out her dog is also leash reactive, which is why she didn't leash him. They did figure it out off leash, though her dog was continuing to harass Sagan a bit for the first 10 minutes or so. Time will tell if my one-shot learner learned something that stuck. Otherwise, we had a nice time playing chuckit at Algona Pacific Elementary in Auburn. A young boy joined us for the whole time...and was crazy, throwing the ball (accidentally) at us. Sagan did GREAT with him, despite his crazy behavior.
Lessons (re)learned: advocate, advocate, advocate, and know who you're letting your dog mingle with.