thanks Claire :-*
I am tackling dogs first but he seems alright with them now. He still wants to greet them all and will normally do it nicely as long as the other dog is nice – he gets really worked up if we are walking towards a dog that is barking and/or growling at him. It’s that point where i still need to work with him. He is still fab with puppies and just lets them jump all over him. With people i am trying to do a lot of walking with random people. So either walking just behind, over to the side or just in front getting him used to just being around people again.
Kids at the minuet are just a no go area. I’ve told the ones that are being a pain that you can walk over to say hello but you have to say so far away. He is always watching them but seems happy with them at that distance.
There is a guy with a female gsd and a youngish son who i try and walk with. They both no dodger’s problems and if we are out at the same time we just walk round the park together. He soon settles down once he’s been walking with them and sometimes even goes up to the boy with a really nice hello. Like he does with my granda – the first 5 mins aren’t the best but after that he is more than happy to curl up at his feet or give his face a lick. The boy is very well trained with dogs, i guess having a gsd themselves they have taught him all the right things so i think that’s a big thing why dodger feels more comfortable around him.
i can read dodger a lot better now, so i can tell as soon as he starts feeling uncomfortable and immediately remove him from the situation. But overall we haven’t had much trouble lately, touch wood lol