I had written here recently that, even though Bobby was very well-adjusted and personable, he seemed to be rather skittery when new people would come around and reach down to pet him. He'd run away, but he'd almost treat it like a game, coming back and then running away again when they'd reach down.
I got some GREAT advice here that is being worked on.
However, yesterday we went to our town's Garden and Flower show, which is held over a span of streets in town. We took both dogs (Bobby, the baby, and Casey, our 10-year-old Maltese) to enjoy the day.
It was pretty crowded when we first got there, so both were carried around. But later on, when the crowds thinned enough to actually be able to walk them, Bobby was leashed and walked REALLY well! This was his first such outing, where he was leashed. Not only that, he did EXCEPTIONALLY well with people who would pet him. Most were really great and asked if they could, and most of THEM, when they would maybe see him pull away a bit, would offer their hands to be sniffed first. He went up to TONS of people to say hi, and almost all were allowed to pet him. Yesterday may have been a great step for him in realizing that, overall, people other than HIS people are okay. I was SOOOO proud of him!
Oh, and he got to sniff lots of other doggies there, too, including really REALLY big ones -- he met a HUGE hound puppy (4 months old) and a Great Pyrenese/Collie mix (gentle giant and HUGE, even for a Pyrenese).