I have been taking Little Monkey to dog socialisation classes the whole time I have had her: so just over nine years now.
I used to go twice a week to start with, as she was very anxious and needed a lot of work. Now, I usually only go once a week, on a Wednesday. But last Saturday morning I decided to go along to class. I hadn’t been to that group for over half a year.
There were still quite a few owners and dogs that I remembered. Imagine my delight, when one after another, these dogs came over to greet me!
They just happily walked up to me and stood quietly by my side. They were saying, “I know you. You’re one of the pack. Welcome back.”
I gave them lots of attention. They seemed as happy as me to be reunited; and I felt oh so welcome.
The story with most of the dogs here at class is that they have problems! Maybe they suddenly started misbehaving, or maybe they are a new rescue dog that needs to learn a few manners. Very few are well balanced and they all need to learn better social skills.
When I first met Queenie, I went right up to her owner and started chatting away. She is so like my first dog, Lady. See below.
Compare Lady to Queenie
Now Queenie was there because she had started getting a bit snappy. So she wasn’t the easiest of dogs to get close to, especially with my anxious Little Monkey.
But dogs seem to read you by your energies and I adored Queenie straight off. So she responded, and there we were, Queenie and LM sitting side by side and tolerating each other.
You can see part of the class in the background here. (These photos were taken back in October 2013, just before I got Mr Spaghetti Legs.)
Queenie was the first dog to come up to greet me last Saturday. Others followed. LM remembered them too, so there was no problem.
And we had a great time!