Just So Pleased! And A Big THANK YOU to this Forum.
As I've posted recently, Eva is our 3 yo GSD/chow mix whom we've had since she was 6 weeks old.
Yesterday we went to a totally new place for her, a park by a lake. A friend brought her rescue, a 2-3 year old pitbull mix (CeCe) who unfortunately had spent almost two years in a crate, with zero socialization.
We did a 2 second greet with the dogs leashed and kept Eva with us, away from CeCe, although the dogs were within 10 feet of each other. After a few minutes Eva was basically ignoring the other dog, to the point that within a half hour we allowed Eva to walk around (still with her leash on).
She did AWESOME! There were large birds (storks, egrets, etc) no more than 15 feet from her, a smaller dog that kept running by, and the lake (we couldn't let her in because of alligators) and she just stayed within our radius, sniffing, looking around, and being just perfect. She was interested in all the animals and activities, but she responded immediately to our commands.
She was told "leave it" for the birds and she did. She did a walk by CeCe (who remained leashed and held by someone) and just ignored her and when she started to approach the lake, she returned as soon as we said "Eva, here!".
I posted here early when we got her, asked some questions and got some great answers. What I also did was keep reading and learning, even when the post didn't really apply to my dog.
So, I just wanted to say that when some of you long time posters (and GSD owners) get discouraged by the newbies who ask the same questions over and over and you think "why bother?" - I'm one of those people you've helped and you didn't even know it.