ok, so we all should know by now Serenity has issues. She is a tad fearful at times, has major prey drive towards people and her herding instinct does not help. I never thought I'd ever be able to have her off leash, unmuzzled around a kid. Well.. Serenity has a new best friend, a 13yo! I am beyond proud, amazed and so glad to see that it is possible for Serenity to learn to love people. I worked at a school more then two years ago and in the past few months, I kept running in to two kids I knew from the school. They kept asking to come play/hang with me and the dogs when I take them out. I warned them about Serenity, they understood her issues and these past few weeks, the kids have been going for walks/to the school with me and the dogs. Serenity was muzzled/leashed at first, she did try to nip at their feet a few times which I corrected her for. She only recently was allowed to have the muzzle off, as long as i watched her carefully and the kids behaved.
SO... Serenity is still a bit iffy with the boy and I can't blame her, she still wants to nip at his feet at times but Serenity really hit it off with Zoe. I was going for a small hike and I ran in to Zoe. She asked if she could come, her parents were cool with it so she came along. Serenity did AMAZING! Serenity was unmuzzled, off leash and behaved perfectly, she was a absolute saint. Now, I was still watching her because I thought she still may try and nip but nothing. Zoe did several things that would have gotten anyone else a nip but nope, nothing. Serenity didn't stare, didn't stalk, didn't cower away. Serenity ran with her, played with her, ran up to her for CUDDLES, CUDDLES! She does NOT do that to strangers. This is Serenity shoving her face in to some ones arms/face/leaning against them, she has only ever done this to me.
I am blown away. I truly am. We are going for another hike tomorrow with Zoe so that'll be nice. I like Zoe as she really respects what I say in regards to Serenity and she has no fear when it comes to Serenity. I don't like the boy as much, he does fear Serenity a bit and doesn't like her as much so I try not to let him come around. I am hoping he can learn to trust her because thats the only way Serenity will trust him.
This gives me so much hope. She is such a great dog. I can't believe I was going to put her down a few months ago.