Boogie makes a new friend
This morning Boogie and I saw a hyper little Boston on the other side of the street, pulling on his leash towards us. Boogie’s hairs were standing up as he looked at the other dog. I stopped and waited; I let him LOOK.
The lady on the other side of the street also stood still to look at Boogie. (This is what we crazy Boston Terrier people do :) We are compelled to check out other Bostons when we see them)
I called out to her that Boogie is in training…. I can’t let the dogs interact right now. She was fine with that.
I led Boogie slightly back from the street, away from the lady and dog
He continued staring at the other Boston, this time his hackles were no longer raised. (extra distance = under threshold) The other Boston was also sitting down facing Boogie, because his mom had asked him to.
I think I called his name or made a sound. Boogie kept looking at the other dog , and then he turned away from the dog and came to me. I said GOOD BOY! led him away and gave him a treat.
I thought why not try some more B.A.T. so I led Boogie back to our original spot. Boogie looked at the other dog for a couple of seconds and then he was done and he turned away and came to me again. Good Boy! Treat, and we continued on our walk.
A few minutes later, we ran into the same lady and her Boston again, and we both agreed to get the dogs a little closer … but not let them interact. Let’s see what happens.
The lady and her little boston crossed the street towards us. Boogie saw him and for the THIRD TIME, looked, turned away, came towards me and stayed at my feet. I said Good Boy, led him away slightly and gave him a treat. Then I took a step forward towards the other dog. Boogie didn’t appear tense so I didn’t feel stressed.
I told the lady that it was OK for the dogs to meet (sniff butts) but I called Boogie back to me very quickly… and he came away from the dog instantly and went off to sniff a bush. (= calming signal) And then he approached the dog again and did a few play bows. :)
We got a good photo of the boys staring up at the treat in my hand.
P.S. Yes, B.A.T. works!!!!