The Good Dog Inside
The past two weeks have been exciting for young Charlie. We threw a lot of new things at the boy, in this short period of time he:
- Behaved calmly while surrounded by strange dogs and people during the Minnesota mini-gathering
- Met a diverse crew of men who refinished our deck, and looked on with calm interest while they worked right outside the windows
- Politely allowed himself to be approached and checked out by several strange off leash dogs at a sheepdog trial
- Accepted my assurance that a pack of strange dogs staying as guests in our house was not a valid reason for a meltdown (I’ll add that he handled the situation with more grace than Audie did)
- Developed a crush on our human visitor
- Threw one brief tantrum when a strange person strode up very quickly then bent over inches away him at the trial (she was picking something up off the ground, and paid little attention to the little snot)
- Then recovered his wits sufficiently to allow her to pet him just a few minutes later
- Maintained good off leash manners while four different human guests were here
- Did his first stint as a demo-dog (albeit allowing me to demonstrate how to apply a pressure-release technique to defuse a reactive dog)
- Let my client pet him immediately after said demonstration
Charlie has come a long way. It was obvious from the start that a good dog was lurking inside the smart, resilient, obnoxious little jerk who arrived here last fall — but in the beginning, only hints of that good dog showed through.
Today Charlie is a good dog who only occasionally shows hints of the horrid little beast he never wanted to be.
Charlie watches D make dinner
(I love a man who cooks for me!)