I had private quarters! I was a very lucky dog.
Before HolidayCamp, I sometimes got scared when there were too many dogs around me.
"Can we go home please?"
I didn't like it when littledogs yapped at me either.
"Are you talkin' to me littledog? You better not be talkin' to me."
But somehow, I've not been so scared since HolidayCamp!
...when suddenly! out of nowhere!
My Typist was amazed at how calm I was. She was also very happy.
"Oh Georgia! " she said. "You're Such A Good Girl!"
Ms Pamela's Train Your Dog Challenge [happening this January] got me thinking about how much Georgia has changed over the last year.
Some changes I can attribute to her maturing. Others, to consistent training and discipline. One change is a little more mysterious. [Patience. You'll see what I mean as the week goes by.]
As for her social skills - she's always been a strange mix of party animal and insecure girl. Because we take her to many different parks, she meets new dogs all the time. She has many friends [big and little], and a few besties.
But she's always been uncomfortable in crowds, which is the reason why we rarely take her to markets and festivals, and why we've never been on a million paws walk :(
A lot of that insecurity seems to have dissipated in the last year. Hallelujah! The change was especially marked after her kenneling experience. It might have been a coincidence of timing. But we suspect that being in the constant company of so many other dogs may have de-sensitized her to crowds.
Does that sound plausible to you?
Whatever it is, we're pretty pleased with the outcome.