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Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:17 am

On yesterday's afternoon walk, we were approached by two young children on bikes. Demps has had a real dislike of bicycles for as long as I can remember, but he was as good as gold! love

The little boy, I think, has autism. He was very loud, with lots of clapping, shouting, foot stamping, sudden movements, etc., but it didn't bother Dempsey at all! Not even when the boy started to bounce his bike forwards towards Demps to get a reaction. It got within half a foot of him, but he barely flinched!

I did nicely let them know that Dempsey was a little bit scared of bikes and the boy stopped immediately, bless him. happy

Demps was completely thrilled with it all! He was bouncing around, whining at the top of his lungs and spinning in circles because of all the excitement. happy I made sure I kept my shins out of the way while I laughed at mum, who was on the other end of the lead. evil

The only problem I could ever see with Dempsey and kids is that he just gets so excited and boisterous. We always let kids know that they should keep their heads away from him, as he might accidentally head-butt them. But he's completely, 100% friendly with children and that's all I could ever ask for. love

He's also so amazing with disabled and special needs people (I hope I didn't use any offensive terminology there - please correct me if I did!), regardless of age. The little boy was very, very energetic, so Demps sort of joined in with that. He paid more attention to him than he did with the little girl, although he still said hello to her. tongue

He did the complete opposite to match another little boy's energy levels, though, a while ago. On one of our walks, a man was about to go into his house, carrying his disabled little boy. He saw Dempsey and bent down to lower the little boy to Dempsey's level. The little boy looked so happy! love And Dempsey was really gentle, wagging his tail and sniffing him.

It's just so nice to see the way he reacts. love When he was very young, he used to get a bit scared of children, as I don't think he understood them and their loud noises. He barked a couple of times when kids were too boisterous or made sudden movements. Now he'll tolerate anything and everything from them!
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Shisa on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:13 pm

Hope he got an extra treat for being such a good boy happy
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:32 pm

Well he had a bad stomach again, so no treats... blush He had a couple this morning, though!

It was actually a bit awkward, as I was just waiting for him to poo himself out of excitement!
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Caroline on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:44 pm

Well done Dempsey happy
It's amazing how well they can read people and adjust their behaviour love

Eleanor wrote:Well he had a bad stomach again, so no treats... blush He had a couple this morning, though!

It was actually a bit awkward, as I was just waiting for him to poo himself out of excitement!

:lol:and there I was thinking it was bad that Bella wee's every time someone says hello to her tongue hope he's feeling better now happy
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:47 pm

If he'd been raised around kids, he'd probably be even better - maybe not as bouncy - but I'm perfectly happy with the way he is. happy It really is amazing, isn't it? Dogs are so incredible. love

laughing Don't worry, Bella's not alone in her lack of control! Demps pooped on me once, when he saw a cat on a garage roof.

He seems to be better today! happy Just one of those dogs who has a sensitive tummy.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:14 pm

He met another child today - a little girl who loves dogs! laughing She was the same height as him!

He accidentally bumped her with his paw and she went back to stand by her mum. She was okay, bless her, but I think it took her by surprise. Dempsey had been bouncing around before, but he quietened down straight away, his ears back and his eyes all soft, stretching out his nose towards her. She smiled at him as we said goodbye.

I'm hoping, now that the kids are back at school and we'll be seeing more of them on the afternoon school run, we'll be able to get him a bit more used to 'playing' with children, so that he isn't as bouncy. I used inverted commas because we couldn't let him actually play physically with a child, as he's too big and heavy. tongue

I'm wondering, does anybody else's dogs get this excited?
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by tracyp on Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:39 pm

Well done Dempsey!
Yes, Tyson gets just as excited but he is now trained to sit & shake to avoid jumping or knocking anyone down.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Caroline on Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:06 pm

Aww, he's doing well. He's learning really quickly how to be around kids  happy
my two haven't been around kids so I'm really cautious with them. Millie is quite calm around them and when I met one of my friends pushing a pram she walked alongside the pram moving with it as if she was attached with a piece of string then barked a little when the baby was lifted out. Bella gets really excited but she is a very excitable, sort of highly strung wee dog.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:08 pm

Yeah, he's getting there happy Always very friendly, but he's starting to show some restraint, which is great!

Thinking of taking a little bag of treats on walks, to see if we can get him to sit still laughing

Demps isn't the only child-friendly furbaby then! happy
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Post by Caroline on Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:19 pm

laughing good idea about the treats. Bella only stays still long enough to half swallow the treat rolling eyes she has zero restraint with anything in life.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:22 pm

I'm hoping it'll work - he doesn't always take much interest in food when he's outside! tongue

laughing Some dogs are just completely crazy.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Caroline on Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:02 pm

laughing Millie is like that, she has no interest in food outside the house.
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:04 pm

Inside is a different matter, of course! laughing
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Caroline on Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:08 pm

laughing of course!
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:24 pm

laughing
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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by ella on Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:35 pm

awww well done Dempster happy

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Re: Very proud of Dempsey!

Post by Eleanor on Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:36 pm

He had another chance to say hello to kids today, but he was exhausted and flat out on his side. tongue I don't think he even noticed them!
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