I just wanted to share a story from this weekend…
I took Baxter with me to the little league baseball field to pick up my
Daughter, with the intention of working on his training in a different
setting. While I was waiting, two little girls about 6 or 7
years-old came over and asked if they could pet him. I said sure, and
put him in a down. They sat there petting him and talking to
me for about 20 minutes, and he never moved a muscle, and there were
kids running close by and everything! He just lay there and gave them
occasional kisses on the hand…
That was so exciting for me, because previously I would have had to
physically hold him down for the girls to pet him safely, and he would
have been an overexcited basket case in the space of about 5 seconds.
He stayed calm and never looked like he was going to break his "down", I am really happy about that! Thanks so much for all your help.
P.S. - He's also fantastic in the woods. I was always nervous about letting him off the leash because I wasn't sure I could get him back, but now it's not even a concern!