Topher did not seem nervous. When we all stood and talked in the driveway, he layed down without me giving the command. That is actually kind of his default position when he is relaxed. He will plop down and lay anywhere: in the store, on the sidewalk, at the vet, in the middle of the street if I let him. He did not pant. He was not licking his lips. He did seem alert at times, but still very relaxed. He was definitely curious. He sniffed the air to pick up their scent. He looked at them. Honestly, what I think it boiled down to, is that he was just unsure of this new situation of two strange dogs being in his driveway. Like I said though, the great thing that came out of this is that he looked up to me when he was unsure. That's what makes a great dog and handler team.
Thank you Kelly, Amber, Muffin, and Muffin's mom (forgot her name already) for taking the time out of your day to come work with me and Topher. We really appreciate it. Amber and Muffin are beautiful dogs and I was very impressed at how well behaved and trained they were. I look forward to many more days of working with both of you.
Poor Tanker just had to sit inside and watch through the window. He is already perfect at all of this. As they always say, the good kids never have any fun.
Goal for the next two weeks: Take Topher and Tanker out as much as possible and get them exposed to more and more things. We test on the 13th. I was told that once we get their therapy dog vests in, we can take them into the mall and into certain stores, like Lowes and Gander Mountain, to work with them as long as we ask first. (since they are therapy dogs in training) Until then, we'll keep going to Petsmart.