On Saturday, the Man and I took the 2 for a walk. We were coming down the road when a beautiful chocolate lab named Bear came out of the field. Bear's owner was calling him, but he still came over. The Man had Hailey and I had Phod. He kept Hailey back while I let Phod sniff Bear. It went ok, but then Phod did a little snap to tell Bear he was boss. I was able to then continue on with Phod (I regained some confidence being able to control him during this), while Hailey had her sniff.
|My poor scared girl, tail between her legs|
On Sunday, I was up well before the Man, but late enough to know we may see other dogs, so I did separate walks. [It is not like the Man can keep sleeping when we leave. The pup who is left behind carries on the whole time]. Hailey and I went up the hill where other dogs live. As we passed a house, a dog came out. The dog's people were outside but didn't notice or care. My poor LeeLee was terrified at first as this very gentle and calm dog sniffed her and the followed us. Hailey clearly wanted to go home so we turned around and that pup followed us the almost 1 km back (.6 mile). As the walk continued, Lee was on alert but did relax some. I then had to delay Phod's walk until this dog left our property. He was not happy.
I was thrilled with how well my pups did during both these situations. It gave me some of my confidence back and we will continue the separate walks when these sorts of things are likely to happen.