//"that reactive dogs can actually participate in since they work alone."//
ah, my dog does agility and doggie dancing and everything else alone. He can do his tricks and stuff around his doggie pals, too, but, it's a lot harder, and i usually have to wait til both dogs are about bored of each other to get Buddy's full attention. but, in Buddy's defense, this isn't something i work very hard on, either, as i think buddy getting chance to play with his friends is a top priority, cuz he has so few.
Last night, Buddy and i practiced our doggie dancing routine in an empty fenced in school yard ....my guy said Buddy did great, but, he thought if someone else was there that they'd probably wonder what the heck we were doing! (we only have first stanza of song down pat so far )
Sometimes we use tennis courts, basketball courts, or empty fenced-in cemeteries, or just fenced in fields. Everywhere we go, are bunny scents, too. My dog gets quite stoked to go anywhere, and is very excited just to go somewhere, anywhere! Even if it's only been an hour since Buddy went somewhere, he is just as excited to go yet another place!
The more often i take Buddy places,
the more attentive Buddy is to me, too. odd.
also, he is more content, more happy dog in general, when he goes on outings often.
Of course, all dogs are unique,
and i suspect all classes have different set-ups, but Anneke's one dog has some issues, yet, he participated successfully in an agility class a week or so ago! The photos and vids almost made my eyes water, knowing how wonderful that was for THAT dog to do the course so well, and be so calm, while other dogs sat around the field.
I sometimes wonder, if i found a class which allowed only one dog at a time, if i could have Buddy experience such a thing, too.
OH, i so understand your disappointment
when one of your Makena's friends moved away, that just happened to Buddy, his best pal ever just moved away, big loss.
if your Makena will be like my Buddy,
and having chosen her own pal, without a lot of work from you
at all this time, (Makena
if she will be slightly more open--- every now and then, to choosing yet another doggie pal on her own.
That's how it happened with Buddy....i was also shocked
the first time Buddy ever ever loved a dog on sight, i had no idea that could even happen!!
but then, in months to follow, now and then, Buddy would again like some new dog on sight,no effort from me. It does not
happen "often", nope, but, it DOES happen now,
every once in a while.
but all dogs are unique, who knows?
It might be just Buster,and no other dog,
but, who knows? keep me posted, i am so excited for Makena to make a pal! Even if you, Jackie, did not participate in helping Makena choose to like Buster,
imo, Makena even reaching the point
where Makena was even open to the idea of liking a dog,
probably due to all your efforts to bring Makena to that level
of confidence, etc. I could be wrong, but, imo
, this event was
related to all your previous efforts to help Makena get new ideas about dogs.
and yeah, Buddy is exact same way,
IF he likes a dog,
Buddy plays very nicely
with the dog, very successful play,
no problems. Everyone says da dogs have no social skills,
but, buddy DOES have social skills, who knew?
He does just fine playing with his pals.
One of his pals is a greyhound, who loves to chase/be chased, for hours and hours...
but buddy can NOT keep up with that dog, especially in the summertime heat,
and when Buddy lies down to rest, panting his head off for a few minutes,
the greyhound can't stand it, and does all he can to get Buddy back up and chasing....
The greyhound offers play bows, drops toys in front of Buddy, barks at Buddy, tries everything to get Buddy chase him,
and even humps Buddy,
trying to get Buddy to chase him.
When the greyhound humps Buddy, Buddy gets up, looks at greyhound, barks once,
and lies back down with his back to the greyhound. the greyhound now agrees, and wanders off sniffing, til Buddy is done panting, and leaves Buddy to rest a bit,
til the game resumes.
NO attack, no biting, no growl/snarl, no aggression at all, just a well-deserved, "knock it off, i'm catching my breath already! give me a minute! it's 90 degrees out here for dawg's sake!"
Buddy HAS lovely social skills,
even deals with harassment appropriately
....it's "something else"
for buddy anyway......