March 17th 2013 3:12 pm
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This past week my family visited so Angie had lots of new socialization opportunities. She'd met my mother once before so I was not surprised when Angie asked my mom for loving on their second day here. She frequently seemed surprised by my dad and would bark at him, but by the end of their visit, her barking was very short and infrequent, only if he startled her. He worked hard to win her over, with treats and lots of attention to Claire and Yuki but she remained a little suspicious of him throughout their visit.
The big surprise was how well Angie handled my brother, who is disabled and uses a walker to get around. Although my dogs have never been fazed by my brother, I do know that sometimes dogs can find people who move in less typical ways or use assistance to be scary, so I was a little worried about how Angie would react. I should not have been. From the first day they were here, Angie was not at all afraid of him. By the second day, she would climb onto the couch with him and by the third day, she was soliciting attention from him. My brother, by the way, absolutely loved that Angie trusted him but not my dad.
In Angie's defense, my dad used a lot of power tools and made a fair amount of noise. He also moved around throughout the house much more than my brother or mother, and, having diabetes, might have smelled a little off to her, too.
With all the excitement from our guests, when I had a party Friday night, I crated Angie were she could see every one arrive but was in a separate room from the action. She barked a little when guests were arriving, but so did Claire and Yuki. She was calm and quiet in her crate, and when I let her out to greet the last lingering guests at the end of the evening, she was bold enough to sniff every one and even accept some pats from one of the guests before she decided that was enough. Even then, she simply went onto the couch with Claire, rather than outright leave the room.
So we can add to Angie's list of skills and traits that she is good with people with disabilities - or at least, with the one she has met.
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