I'm so happy to share with everyone that Phoenix made a new friend! She played so well with this dog and it was awesome to see. They played for 20-30 minutes and even went swimming together. The owners of the dog said he's never actually gone swimming past the point where his toes touch the bottom until that day. He gained some confidence following Phoenix in and she had a great time with him. I hope we see him again one day!
I honestly never thought she'd be able to make new friends. She's never been comfortable with other dogs (other than Zoe and a couple of my close friend's dogs) and for the most part there's only been a few times where she's actually played with a dog she didn't know. This was one of those times.
I also just wanted to tell you that if you're struggling with your reactive dog, that it can get better. You just have to keep trying, keep training and keep being positive. They will have good days and bad days. I know that the bad days can really suck but just try to shake it off and move on.
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams.
Today I'm joining the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. This month's theme is "Teach Your Pet Something New In Ten Minutes" but any positive related posts are welcome. We did not go with the theme this month, we've been so busy working on the dog-dog stuff that I just have not had time to train any new tricks. :)
Thank you to the hosts: Cascadian Nomads, Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days!