Ray is generally very good at meeting other dogs now. It does not seem that long ago when he was lunging and barking at anything that moved. He was occasionally tolerant of a dog that was very calm, but even that could not be relied upon.
After almost 3 years of working with him; picking the trainers’ brains at OMHS, and completion of a Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) program, we now have “Mr. Social” Ray! Of course we have not forgotten the aggressive, anti-social Ray, and those memories often “come to the surface” in certain situations.
Not too long ago we were out on a typical walk which we knew was likely to include “Say hello Ray!” (to one or two other dogs). He would duly “check out” the other dogs and then turn and look for his treat. At one point in the walk, we were being approached by a very small bundle of white canine curls on four legs. The puppy of course had no fear but, to me, it was a David and Goliath situation! Would Ray see anything more than a toy? It would certainly squeak if he grabbed it and shook it!
Cool nerves had to prevail, but then we watched in amazement as the puppy stood on its back legs to touch Ray’s nose. Ray lowered his head and the puppy started to grab him (across his nose) with its front paws. The two seemed to be quite at ease with each other. The puppy was just being affectionately silly and playful, and Ray seemed to be adopting the roll of “big brother”!
I was in awe as I watched him put up with the antics of that little puppy. There were no controlling actions on his part. He made no noise whatsoever. He just seemed to be very accommodating, and perhaps rather curious about the “little guy”! It was so nice to see both dogs, regardless of their size difference, enjoy each others’ company!
(You’re a very special “boy” Ray!)