Here in Lexington we have a local dog store called Bluegrass Barkery
. With amazing employees and awesome products, I could spend millions in that store alone. Anyways, I was in there getting some treats for Gunner and I was talking to one of the employees about their weekly dog walk. Anyone can come, they just ask to have your dog on leashes and that your dog is friendly. Since Gunner is ' iffy ' around dogs (gets vocal, huffy puffy, too alert), I wanted to ask if it was alright to bring him so I can work on him and myself around other dogs. They said yes. There was another woman in there who also had a (W)GSD named Runner. We talked about our dogs and how I can work on Gunner. She had RUnner in the car and brought him in. He was the sweetest boy in the world! We talked about meeting up this past sunday for the dog walk.
Sunday came and we both were there plus others. Many people were not aware of their dog and pretty much let them do whatever. Both Runner ( and Ty, her other dog who was a small dog ) & Gunner did not meet but saw each other from a distance. We both got out of the way of the group because it seemed to be too hectic. With a two mile loop, we slowly got Gunner closer to Ty (who was perfect. he was a lot like Ceasar's dog Daddy. ) and they were walking side by side with out a problem. With the last leg of our walk, we got Runner and Gunner to walk side by side! I was so impressed by Gunner. Since we slowly let them meet ( smelling pee spots, walking behind each other etc) as we were walking, I think that really helped him. We let them sniff noses closer to the end of our walk and ended on a good note.
We plan on meeting up this Sunday to exercise and help Gunner. Runner loves to play and Gunner does too, so we hope that they can be buddies.