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Teds first day of training
Today I brought Ted to a touristy town near where I live to see if I could attract people to pet him and to get him walking on a sidewalk and hearing the sounds of cars and motorcycles and get used to crowds. Ted was very timid at first but within no time we were in a pet shop looking around, then outside attracting throngs of admirers. I had children petting him and adults petting him and asking to hold him. I brought his foldup bowl with me and he had some water breaks too. I found patches of grass here and there and he did his business. Because we were in public I had Ted on a short leash, and he didn't mind at all. He had absolutely no crazy episodes and proved to me that he will be a good therapy dog. When people left after petting him, he actually turned around and sadly watched them walk away! Amazing how many people have not heard of Havanese dogs before. They couldn't believe that he was that small and almost 3 months old! I think a few people that he met today are now going to look further into the breed!
I did encounter 2 people with dogs but they were quite fine with me holding Ted away from them since he hasn't had his second shots (this Wednesday) although one of the dogs drank out of Teds bowl, so that was it for water til we got home. Luckily he was on his last pee break when the other dog drank his water!
He traveled very well with the crate strapped in and the airconditioner keeping him cool. He slept both ways and crashed for over 2 hours when we got home.
Lise and Ted