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Sawyer and I were out for a walk this morning and on our way back he started pulling. So I stopped every time he pulled and waited for the leash to go loose, started changing my directions, and tried to be unpredictable. These are the ways I've been taught to teach well mannered leash walking. Anyway, there ended up being a nice woman who was up ahead 50 yards, in the distance with her dog. After taking twice as long to get to her from stopping and changing direction with the pulling, Sawyer finally got to say hello! She had noticed the training I was working on with him from the distance and mentioned how she thought it was really great to work on it at such a young age, and that it builds a good connection with your dog even if he doesn't retain the information.

I have met nothing but nice people when out with Sawyer; whether they be families with kids, adults, people with their dogs, etc. I even had this woman and her 2 kids, probably about 7 and 8 come up and pet Sawyer just the other day. He was so well behaved, sat nicely, licked them, they pet him, and the mom was just amazed at how calm he was for a puppy. She said she had 2 rescues and one piddles every time he greets someone. I felt kind of bad for her, but I feel so blessed to have such a great dog who does well around all people and pets.
 

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I met my best friend while out walking with Max. I didn't have any friends here other than people at work, or people who worked with my husband. I've lost track of how many people I've met and how many friends I've made because of him. It's pretty awesome, isn't it?
 

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I moved to a new neighborhood, and while my neighbors were nice enough, it wasn't until I got Luna that people came out of the woodwork and have been so friendly and nice. It's amazing what that dog connection can do to our own people connections!
 
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