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I Need Space

Over the past few weeks it has been amazing to see the progress that Buddy has made!

On Saturday I took Buddy out for a walk – I like taking him out on his own so that I can give him my full attention and can be aware of everything that is going on that could cause him to become anxious.

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Katie-Jo bought Buddy a yellow lead which has ‘I need space’ written down it – this has become a great warning to people approaching him making them aware that he can is a reactive dog.

On the walk on Saturday Buddy was really excited as we set off, I was armed with a pocket full of treats and eyes peeled. I had already got a route planned out as I had taken Toby and Teddy out together just before. I knew the route I planned would be great for him as it was on the streets, and it was quite a quiet route but we would still encounter people and different things that I could help him to overcome. At one point we went were faced with a family of three heading towards us head on, but I got Buddy to sit and watch me with his treat, I crouched next to him and he didn’t bat an eyelid – the little girl in the family group made a beeline for Buddy when her Mum said to her that she shouldn’t touch this doggy as he was a special dog who was still learning and you could tell because of his special lead (once again the lead paid off!).

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During this walk Buddy also encountered two dogs. The first dog was a medium sized dog which made him prick his ears up and his attention honed in on it straight away, but with my trusty treats I kept him focused and he moved his attention to me and relaxed again. Not long after this we met a man with a Shitzu and Buddy seemed more intrigued by this dog we watched it for a bit and then he went to head towards it then backed away then headed towards it and sniffed it (huge progress!) after that he lost interest. We stopped at a big bit of grass and ran about a bit, practiced sit and stay then we headed home.

It was so good to see that Buddy has in fact made progress, as anyone with a reactive dog knows 6 days out of 7 you feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall with them. But Buddy has such a loving personality it is great to see it come out of him on a walk for a change compared to the barking maniac that he can sometimes become!

– Stacey xo

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