Fantastic outing with my fantastic boy! Spot on today! It’s raining and the wind blew an empty Actimel (DanActive for my US and Canuck friends) bottle towards him and it rolled and rattled. He looked at it, took a step back and for a second my heart stopped – I was sure he was going to spook. He didn’t. He watched it go by and recovered quickly and we carried on toward home. He did a perfect “back” in the supermarket line when the woman in front of us realized she forgot something and originally intended to just squeeze past us (ew, no thanks, we’ll back up) and was just great overall at matching pace with me and checking on me often. He did awesome on the stairs in front of the house, took them one by one and braced with each step, gave me enough space on the ramp in the lobby of our building so I didn’t smack into the wall. I’m so impressed with him today. Extra treats for him!
Journey was AMAZING today! He laid down and settled nicely at the post office (last time he was there, he was too nervous to even do a down – too much activity and noise for him) and then he was FABULOUS in the big busy supermarket that he did poorly in a week ago, and then he was great in the kiosk. Beautiful calm heeling all the way everywhere today. Even when there were distractions he recovered focus quickly and was on the ball today! He’s shaping up to be a wonderful assistance dog someday!
My heart just swelled up and burst with pride – took Journey on a short public access outing to the grocery store and he was PERFECT. Didn’t break any sits, stands or waits, didn’t act nervous at all, very solid, sure and stable, and very calm and relaxed – like he’s been doing this all his life. A few months ago I was afraid I was going to have to wash him out as a SD candidate… but today I am so glad I stuck it out and gave him more time to mature. He’s going to be an AMAZING assistance dog one day!