Today Bean & I encountered 3 cyclists, 2 small dogs walking an elderly couple, one jogger, and a man spraying "poisen" or whatever you call weed killer !!!!
So 1st the jogger, I felt a little hint of hesitation in myself, took a couple normal breaths, pulled my shoulders back and we heeled past with out any reaction...followed by a few high fives and snugs... ( with Bean, NOT the jogger )
I saw the dogs across a pond, and actually HOPED we'de meet them..we did..Bean barked..I corrected her, and she was fine with them in her area....we followed them at a heel with no further reaction
then 1 bike....no reaction at all.next 2 kids from our neighborhood on bikes ( Bean lunged at them a couple days back ) Today nuttin....
The poisen man....LOL just re assured me that Bean was reacting to my stress...cuz I was stressing him spraying poisen across the street from my house....not to mention Bean seeing him swinging the wand....YEP she barked & GRRRR'D..I reassured her, and she settled down.
During our walk I thought about past incidents...Lightbulb moment>>>> I had begun to see more people out, and was thinking OH crap what's it gonna be like during summer....as well as seeing an approaching situation as a struggle, rather that a positive challenge.
I think we're on our way ...