Carter did an excellent job with a big group! Keb and Sebastian also worked on self control with a new person handling them and were great! We were also joined by two German shepherd friends, Brodie and Gypsy.
After a pack walk together where the dogs walk politely and burn off excess energy, everyone stops to sit. The dogs had to hold that sit while each dog took a turn weaving through the group. This is a double whammy of an exercise! The dog weaving through the group gets practice walking by lots of distractions, and the dogs holding their sit practice self control by not getting up to say hi or pull to greet the passing dog. Carter took his walk with trainer Jonathan and did just fine. Carter tends to be uncertain of new dogs approaching, but he quickly picked up that what he’s been working on with Kersti also applies with Jonathan, even in a group of unfamiliar dogs. Having a group of balanced dogs where humans are leading really helps Carter see that there’s nothing to worry about. Building these skills in a controlled atmosphere will help him be able to remain calm when passing other dogs in his neighborhood or wherever he goes with his family when he graduates.
Watch how he walks, relaxed and confident!