Ryder who is normally a pretty steady guy has been acting out of character. It worries me. I've discovered that the daily sheep works are working wonders with Diva. She's steadier and has begun appropriately greeting strange people and dogs with no prompting from me. Ryder has gone the other way.
My house is located near the mailboxes for the subdivision. Yesterday while I was working in the yard, Ryder left the yard madly barking at some poor lady who was collecting her mail. He has never done anything like that before. He has been really friendly with people so it's quite out of character.
Last night we were walking our subdivision loop. Ryder reacted so violently at a passing dog that he tore a hunk of skin off my finger. The leash ripped through my hand and he ran at the other walker and dog. Thank goodness he just checked out the dog and didn't do anything worse. I'm a bit puzzled about how he's been reacting to things.
I'm not sure how to deal with it. I plan to take him to town alone and work with him on his leash manners and socialization. I am worried about him. He's normally such a gentle soul it bothers me when he acts poorly.