Saturday, July 14, 2007
I know this does not look like much, but this dog socialization class is really helpful to dogs with issues. The rules are different from a regular dog park. Once everyone has arrived, the gate is shut and Jason (on the right, yellow shirt) plays music and we all let our dogs off their leashes at the same time. Then the humans all walk in a circle. The dogs romp and run and hang out, and learn to be with other dogs peacably. The theory is that when the people sit around the dogs take that to mean they are establishing territories, and they start to defend the humans' spaces.
Just in case, Jason carries a long carriage whip! He has to break up the occasional fight, but mostly it is easy to do this. Bear needs an hour walk in the morning anyway, so it works out well.