So last night our (male) friend came over, and what with us having a nervous dog who is downright scared of strangers (especially men) we were all feeling a little anxious waiting for him to arrive! 🙂
When he did arrive he had a few things to bring inside, so I took Kasper into the kitchen so that they didn’t have to be introduced in the house. Unfortunately our kitchen has a glass door, so Kasper could see our friend through the door, and no amount of cajoling or treats could distract him!
Kasper growled, huffed and barked away whilst things were brought inside, then we sent M to wait outside whilst we got Kasper ready for a walk.
As soon as we left the house Kasper was amazing; he got excited to see M, was waggy tailed and did his “hi I love you!” jumps. It was awesome 🙂
When we got back from the walk, all four of us drenched from the rain, we slipped Kasper’s cone on and waited to see how he would react to M in the house…he did great! 😀 He wasn’t overly excited, he went over to M for fuss, treats and scritches without an ounce of fear, and then spent the majority of the rest of the evening like this:
Half-way through the night, when Kasper had woken up briefly and gone to M for some more attention, I commented “He could pass for a ‘normal’ dog, couldn’t he?” It was just so incredible; this dog who had so many issues with strangers in the past, after years of counter conditioning and raising his confidence, finally learning how to make friends and that not all men are scary 🙂
When the evening was over we walked M to the bus stop about fifteen minute’s away, and took Kasper with us. Kasper was an absolute gem and, even though we were waiting fifteen minutes for the bus, he sat patiently and even wagged hello to another stranger at the stop!
This morning, to celebrate such a successful evening, Kasper got a lovely long walk in the sun 🙂