thanks for all the advice. One thing that has been apparent to me in the short time of having our pup is his willingness to come to us for approval and even on his 'play dates' when hes playing rough with the parents lab or my partners parents collie, you shout 'Drey Come' he comes.
So based on everyones 'how much do you trust him' advice. We decided to give it a bash on sunday. i was a little bit nervous as it would be his first time off leash around other dogs/other people other than my friends and family.
Fair to say Drey passed with flying colours. We went with my parents and their rather oversized lab up the woods to quite a popular walk early in the morning. Have to admit i fell in love with my pup even more seeing him bounding through the tree's and walking with me. many families passed us with little kids and other dogs, Drey often stuck to my side but paused and sniffed forward with a tail wag, and greeted the other dog, he didnt hang around though and while the Lab wanted to play , drey was happy to effetivly , check it out/say hi, then continue walking. On one occasion a family with 2 big rotties came towards us, not for a minute judging a book by its cover but seeing them 100 meters away i thought it best to leash him up and walk past calmly. Again he had a quick sniff and carried on walking. not one of the people we passed stopped to stroke drey so i cant judge him on how he would of reacted with that, but other dogs, he really made me proud.
One especially proud moment was when the lab ran off mid play with drey up to the top of a hill, drey got half way before looking back at us and deciding to return to our side at first time of asking.
appreicate as he gets older and braver things might change a little but i was sure to keep calling him and rewarding him and i dont think it could of gone any better.
One down side though.... an old man was approaching us, alone, without a dog. clearly just out for a harmless walk. Drey was maybe 10 yards ahead of us and i could hear his soft growl and the ears and tail were up. i called him back , and he came, to which the man got closer. I made him sit and i held his collar. the got maybe within 10 yards, drey barked once, i told him it was ok and acted calm. The man passed, drey DID NOT try to pull towards him, and never barked again... after he passed i let go and drey continued forward. i will add this was the first person we came across and did pass single walkers after with no reaction.
later that evening after the dogs ate and slept we took them to the beach which is maybe 50 yards away and let them play....... clear hes a land shark and not a water one thats for sure. his feet touched the sea and he back tracked. quite entertaining. The beach was empty apart from 2 little jack russells who came over yapping their heads off. He just stood/sat by myside and didnt react. Quite impressed with him and i thank everyone for their advice as this was by far my favourite day with our new family member so far!