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Fireworks, crowds, and Titan

We took Titan to the harbor this weekend for a night of hanging out, drinking and watching fireworks. We have never taken him there before. I'm not sure why because it is a very friendly area, a lot of places have seats outside for people with their dogs and dog water bowls throughout the area.

Anyways, Titan goes to a lot of places with us, but not like this.. like lowes, petsmart, certain restaurants, beach, etc. This place was tourist central and it was CROWDED. It's been a while since we've been in a crowd like that.. probably about 3 or so years since we lived in Germany. Anyways, it was time for us to try it again!

He did FABULOUS! Everyone was just flocking to him wanting to ask about him and pet him and children, oh the children were zeroing in on him from a distance. He did so well with them, letting them hug all over him and play with his ears and tail. I put him in a down stay while the smaller children were "playing" with him, and he just was great. I won't say he loved it.. he doesn't love much besides me, the SO and a ball.. but he seemed to enjoy the attention a bit. Licked a few noses and made the kids giggle a lot.

Then came time for the fireworks. He has never seen/heard any before. So this I was a little unsure about how he'd react. He does fine with crashing thunder at our house and when we lived behind the range, they would do all kinds of training so lots of gun shots and explosions.. I just figured he would be ok.. Well it definitely startled him. He jumped so high and back into my lap so quick! And then he got so intrigued by the lights in the sky, he LOVES lights, lol. We don't do laser pointers or anything but he gets so excited if he can see lights on the ground or if my watch reflects on the wall, lol. Anyways.. it was almost the same reaction. After the initial "holy crap, what was that?!?!!" reaction.. which did stay for a few seconds, then he checked with me, and I made him lay next to me. He was then calm and just watched.. he got lots of treats

Then on our way out we had to go through the huge crowd again.. I'm talking shoulder to shoulder at some points.. and he did fabulous.. I am more excited about this than one might think just because I haven't done it in a while and I have had a few training issues since then (some of you may have followed those threads). Though this has definitely built up most of my confidence in him again! WOO!

Just wanted to share I plan on doing this again soon. I love taking him places and I need to start doing it more like I did when we lived in Germany.

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Congratulations on your successful outing - both you and Titan! I'm glad your confidence in him has been restored and also glad to hear he'll get to experience it all again soon. Good boy, Titan!

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Thank you! I am so excited to take him out again!!

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I'm glad he did so well!! Congratulations! My older dog is scared of thunder, fireworks and gun shots, and it can be tough to deal with. It's great that Titan can ignore it all and be okay with being in a crowd!
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don't you just love it when you can take your dog to even more places, not having to worry too much about your pooch going ballistic? Glad you had a great time.

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It really is wonderful. So funny, about Titan... I have noticed that with crowds and tons of people, he is fine with everyone approaching and being around, but if it is just us in an area like a park or something and someone comes walking toward us or around us.. he seems more alert and watches them closely. I wonder if it's because if we're by ourselves he's deemed that area as his?? maybe? not to derail my own thread or anything, lol.

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OMG, thats so wonderful! I only hope that someday my Fritz will be just like your Titan! We have done Petsmart, Petvalu, the local barber shop, and even Toronto. He just stared at the cars, loved the people and dogs.. Keep up the good work Titan!

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It's so much fun when you take them places. People are so intrigued by them too I bet Fritiz would love something like that!

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It really is wonderful. So funny, about Titan... I have noticed that with crowds and tons of people, he is fine with everyone approaching and being around, but if it is just us in an area like a park or something and someone comes walking toward us or around us.. he seems more alert and watches them closely. I wonder if it's because if we're by ourselves he's deemed that area as his?? maybe? not to derail my own thread or anything, lol.

My last dog was like this too. Very suspicious when we were alone, esp on a hike if someone popped out of the woods....but he was perfectly fine in a crowd. Perhaps it's too many people to be suspicious of?
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My last dog was like this too. Very suspicious when we were alone, esp on a hike if someone popped out of the woods....but he was perfectly fine in a crowd. Perhaps it's too many people to be suspicious of?

All of my GSD were like this. Funny so many others are as well.

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