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Couple of hours ago, I had an encounter that I couldn't have imagined even a year ago and had to share. As some of you know, I adopted Rachel (the Wild Child) from a local shelter as a 4/5 month old. No manners, no leash training, no house training to speak of and, she was dog and stranger reactive. As in Cujo-walking-on-his-hind-legs-snarling-and-barking-reactive. Not good. So, we worked on it. Every single day for over a year.

Flash forward to this afternoon. The rains finally stopped and the sun came out, so Rachel and I, along with a neighbor, went off to a nearby field to play kickball. Rachel and I often go to this field, but usually very early in the AM when there are no dogs/people around. The neighbor has been wanting to play kickball with us for some time, but usually the field's busy --- not good for a reactive dog, so we'd passed. However, the neighbor had just come home, noticed the empty field and suggested that today might be good, so off we went.

Well, apparently a LOT of folks decided to take advantage of the break in weather so when we arrived there were 4 dogs running around off leash, three clueless owners, one with 3 small children screaming and running about off to the side.

It's a large field, so I said to my neighbor (who knows what we've been working on), "This could be tricky, but let's try going over to the far corner (which was empty) and see what we can do." She agreed and we set off. Well, we hadn't gotten 50 feet into the field when all four dogs came racing up. Not one owner. Two of the dogs were juveniles, rudely friendly, but not bad. One was an unneutered male whose behavior was rude, but unsure, and one was a female bordering on aggressive.

So, I told Rachel to sit and stay (which she did -- amazeballs) and then moved in front of her to block the incoming dogs. Don't think the dogs were prepared for an aggressive owner cause my booming "No! Bad dog, Git!" slowed them all down. The unneutered male wasn't giving up and kept circling us. The adult female stood back, but kept giving Rachel the hairy eyeball. The other two sauntered off.

I kept blocking the male and yelling at him. Still no owners approaching. Rachel held her sit.

I then yelled for the owners to come get their dogs cause mine was not friendly. Two owners sauntered over and finally caught their dogs. The woman with the children stayed 200 yards away calling pointlessly for the unneutered male which, of course, ignored her. :mad:

Meanwhile, Rachel held her sit.

I finally got so mad that I yelled, "If you don't come get this [insert expletive] dog, I'm going to drop kick it back to you!" She neither responded nor came to get the dog --- which was circling us, with me blocking it, the entire time. Finally, one of the other owners grabbed the dog and escorted it back to the owner.

Rachel held her sit the entire time.

My neighbor asked if I wanted to leave, but I said no, Rachel earned her reward. So we waited while the other owners got themselves and their dogs together. (I glared; I may have said a few cuss words about moronic owners and untrained dogs loud enough for them to hear) and the other owners finally left. We then played 2-person kickball (Rachel's fave) for 20 minutes or so, with lots of praise and treats, and left.

I am SO proud of my girl. She never once broke her sit, she never once barked or lunged at the other dogs and she never once took her eyes off me.

She's having steak tonight, I'm that proud of her.

:)

Aly
 

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That's a wonderful story.You must be so proud of your girl?
 
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Wow! That's a HUGE success, good girl Rachel!! And well done Aly, that hard work really is worth it. And I'm impressed with your people skills as well >:)
 

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Thanks for the kind comments, everyone; I am SO proud of this little girl. @Tim, your comment about my "people skills" made me LOL. I have an impressive veneer of civility and charm (if I do say so myself! rofl); but, when you mess with my animals, the barn rat comes out...

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