We were walking down the street when a car drives by with the window open and a dog barking his head off at Mr. N. Mr. N turns and looks for a long second. He gives a huff and proceeds to turn away from the dog and we cross the street to get some distance.
The car parks and a woman walks out and apologizes for her dog saying he always gets really excited around other dogs. I tell her that it’s OK. That we’ve been there.
We are still there but he gets better and better every day. Even though it feels like we backslide sometimes.
Mr. N is a recovering reactive dog. These days, his outbursts are much fewer and usually provoked by our neighbors’ dogs (with territoriality added to the mix) or unexpected close encounters like when we go around corners. He has been making mostly good choices and will turn away or emit calming signals.
Little Dog is learning some impulse control. He is a good boy.