Here's a video from June of me ignoring my persistent daughter in favor of watching Skipper off leash. This little dog is fast - I took this video after she'd been running around a while, so she's actually slowed down here.
I've been doing a run/walk program with my friend Libbie in the mornings and bringing Skipper along. I have to say this morning time in the park is probably the best thing we've done for Skipper. For a while I was dragging her along and feeling like I was asking too much of her, but lately I've been letting her off leash and been amazed by her. She tracks along, running circles around us. She'll run to greet other dogs, but always comes back when called, without too much delay. I definitely do not have full control over her, which makes me nervous in a city park, but she is far better than I ever would have expected, and she obviously recognizes that she is to listen to me.
This has given her a lot of confidence. She still hides a fair bit, and is still frightened of Rich, but she'll actually come out when people are around. She's just still so skittish and nervous, but she's made amazing progress in 10 months. We seem to have turned the corner on housebreaking (I hope I haven't just jinxed it!). She's just obviously my dog, and I'm excited to work more with her.
But, like any dog, she's got her odd quirks. Her great love is socks. Socks that have been worn by me, or actually anyone. She snags them out of the dirty clothes (we have to bury them under other clothes) and hides them in her bed, and occasionally snacks on them til they are ruined.
And, the best news of all? Finally, finally, finally, we have won the battle of the fleas. Whew!