Today Pip, my 10 year old Akita x GSD, allowed a longtime family friend to pet him. Not only did he allow it, but he actually approached the young man and asked for a pet. I thought that I might cry. I guess for most people this isn't a big deal, but for me and Pip it's HUGE! We've been going into places like PetSmart and asking strangers to toss treats, then to offer treats, just working at desensitizing, and the results have been amazing. Most times Pip still won't eat the treats or take them from their hands, but he's becoming more and more sure that not everyone in the world wants to kill him. Tomorrow evening Pip has an appointment to meet a trainer and see if she will allow him to attend Intro to Rally classes at her all positive training facility. There will only be 2 other dogs in the class, and if he can manage to get through the introduction without being reactive to the other dogs then we're in. That would be unbelievable for us.