Asher and I had our 4th training day this afternoon. Our trainer speaks quite high of him, says he has come such a long way. He still won't stop lunging at the other dogs but the barking whenever they come close by is almost non-existent. Of course he isn't perfect, but he was quiet more times that the noise occured. Today, Leanne (trainer) deliberately sat her dog in front of Asher and was talking to me about how well he is doing. Asher made no sound, nor moved until her dog growled at him. He jumped forward with his full on barking. Leanne tried to intervene with Asher, held his mouth (from underneath), her face close to his and growled at him. Asher stood his ground and growled back at her. I watched with disbelief but somehow was confident that Asher had no intentions of biting her. As soon as she dismissed the situation she came back and patted him without any trouble at all. Leanne accepted that it was her dog's fault, that started the incident. A while later she came back to us to see how Asher was learning to COME when called. She told me she was going to casually walk her dog around us but would not let either of them hurt anyone. Asher paid no attention to the dog, kept his eyes on me the whole time and did what I told him.
Leanne believes because of the way Asher stood his ground when she growled, that he has pit bull in him. She said most dogs would surrender when their owners do that but Asher stood up and growled back at her. I am not phased in the slightest. Just makes me more determined to keep him happy, and well-trained.
We have our last session next week but we aren't stopping there. Leanne recommended a trainer that we can carry on our obedience, and good news is he is just 5 minutes away, compared to half hour that we're travelling at the moment.
A lady that joined the obedience to do it with me has not liked Asher from the very start Leanne has been positive towards Asher but my so-called friend told me tonight, "There is nothing nice owning a dog like that." She has made this judgement on the situation where Asher stood his ground with Leanne but she has never had anything nice to say about him from the start, anyway. She wanted me to join her at a new obedience school in Port Macquarie but I am not going with someone who is happy to let me know how much she dislike's my dog. I don't care what anybody thinks, Asher is a good dog. Strong willed, has a social problem with other dogs but we are working on that. He doesn't growl at any of the ppl except that one incident today, and of course when ppl come to our front door. But when I let ppl in, he jumps on them with his usual greetings expression. Yes i need to stop him jumping but if they are happy to encourage him, how can I stop that