I hate labeling dogs. But I catch myself doing it. Zero is afraid of children. I’ve said it a thousand times. Except he’s not.

After 2 years at his side job of being the paid entertainment at children’s birthday parties and teaching kids how to train dogs at kids camp, Zero now seeks out children to throw his toys at the beach. He wags his tail when he see’s kids approaching. He is loose and jolly when children are riding bikes or playing near by, even shrieking boisterous loud kids.

Zero is afraid of loud noises. Except he performed flawlessly, joyfully, center court in front of a packed house alongside the marching band, and the cheerleaders and the crazy giant tree mascot at the stanford basketball half time show.

Zero is afraid of strangers. Except he likes to say hi to everyone now and he’ll let anyone run him in agility. And he’ll play tug with you all day.

Zero’s labels are the stick on kind, they peel off with training, a fierce commitment to learning, trust, teamwork, age and experience and one day you can throw the remnants away. Dog training is cool.

zerofeatherJanuary 22, 2015

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