It made me pretty angry. I'm trying to get Jonah to be better around other dogs while he's on leash, but experiences like this don't help. At that moment I was feeling pretty self-righteous: the rule in the park is that dogs must be leashed (although most people don't follow that rule), I had my dog under control except for the barking, and I was trying to remove him from the situation. He had not had control of his dog, who was, at least in my opinion, the one creating the ruckus. In hindsight, my moving away was clearly not helping, as clearly the only way he could get control of his dog was to physically approach and leash it (voice commands had zero effect). So, once I realized the dog was following us I really should have stopped. Honestly I wonder if it wouldn't have been better for me to just let the two dogs work it out. I know Jonah won't actually attack the dog--he'll just bark. The problem was that this dog did seem like it was on the edge of aggression, and I never want Jonah to get hurt. He's had that happen to him enough. That's where this on-leash reactivity came from, after all. Sigh. It was not a great moment for any of us, but I guess the best thing is to just keep trying.
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Since Jonah's focus had been sub par at the park, Dave and I did some work here. Of course, here he was great. First Jonah and I did ground work while Dave ran circles around the yard, did jumping jacks and sprints and the like. Jonah was excellent. Then we went back to the agility area. Jonah and I did a little course while Dave tried his best to distract us. Only once did he look at Dave, but it happened to be enough to miss a weave entry. Once we went back to fix it, though, he was great. When we were done, Dave left and we schooled the table a few times. I could tell Jonah was slightly concerned about where his dad had gone, but he stayed with me. When I finally released him and told him to go get his dad, he took a few tentative steps, stopped, and looked back at me. "Are you sure, mom?"he was asking. I said yes and started to run in that direction. Exuberant, he raced away to find dad. This was the perfect way to wrap up the session. Part one of my training with Jonah was among our worst, but Part Two was one of the best.