Those who know August also know that he is not very confident and so every thing new has to happen slowly for him. He will make me a better dog trainer and a better dog owner because I constantly have to break down behaviors for him to tackle in small segments. So imagine my surprise when I opened my mouth and offered for August and I to go over to help a friend who has a small dog that is not very confident.
My friend has had the new-to-her dog for 3 weeks and Sunday was the dogs 4th birthday. She wanted a friend for her baby girl so August and I went over for a play date. The dog is a 4 year old long hair Chihuahua called "Sunshine".
I was stunned to see how quickly August settled down and got to work making Sunshine feel comfortable. He walked up and smelled her quickly, then walked away. He went back to smell her again, then after 3 seconds, he walked away again. After a few more times of short meetings, he was ready to go for a walk with her.
Sunshine's mom, learned fast not to lean over him as he yelled at her and clearly was not happy about it. He backed away from her as soon as she bent down towards him. I quickly called him away and told her to not bend over him and to just look his way but not to look at him. She learns fast!
Sunshine's mom could lean over Sunshine and August would walk up to her for a treat. But she did not lean over August again. He liked that.
They walked nicely by our sides and shared a bowl of water as it got hot out there! When the traffic became heavy, and the black top became too hot for their little feet, both dogs went into their separate strollers. Then my friend and I continued walking and talking. Yes, we have strollers for our little dogs, don't laugh. It allows us to continue to walk for exercise and not worry about our little ones being over tired or over heated.
Back at her house, August drank some of her water and checked out the toys in her toy box and cooled down while Sunshine watched from Mommy's lap.
What surprised me was how quickly August relaxed and just enjoyed her company, enjoyed the walk, enjoyed the toys, enjoyed the water and the cool hard wood floor. In all, he just did what I had hoped he would. He helped make a new friend.
What a cute little girl, Happy 4th Birthday Sunshine! It was a fun day!!