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A little celebration post! With the weather being colder and snowier, it is pretty quiet in the neighbourhood, perfect for more street walks with Joseph, we can relax and he can enjoy being a dog. We got a bit of a surprise yesterday, heading out the gate, out on the street goes by all of Joseph's triggers in 'one', a stranger with a dog pulling a sled with kids on it. This was all a little 'too much' for Joseph, and he reacted, something he hasn't done in a long time, he barked, he pulled on the leash, then all of our practicing 'paid off'. We automatically did a U-turn, heading the other way, as soon as his eyes were off the dog, he looked up at me, though still quite anxious, he took the treats I offered him as we walked back into the yard. I walked him around the yard a bit, gave him some time to 'shake it off' and recover, then we headed out the gate again and took a short walk. He was anxious, 'on his toes', checking 'over his shoulder' on occasion, but he settled quickly, with lots of reinforcement for being such a good boy our walk ended on a good note.
A bit of a reminder for me, that even though we may not need the skills we learn ourselves and teach our dogs, on a regular basis, it never hurts to practice and reward them, keep them 'fresh'.
'Don't pity the rescue dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.'