Spence's natural pace tends to be a step faster than mine. I am constantly reminding him to slow down a bit. Today's walk was going to be a little shorter than normal, so I put a backpack on him to not only slow him down, but tire him out in a shorter amount of time.
While on the walk we passed a couple of kids riding their bikes. The kids were happily and excitedly calling to one another. Spencer looked at them with his ears perked and then changed sides, but continued to heel. He went from walking next to Sara, closer to the bikes to walking next to Sara, farther away from the bikes. He was still looking at the bikes, but not in an obsessive kind of way. He was more curious. Avoidance and a score for the pup! We went from an intensely focused dog that would shake with anticipation and bolt, to a dog that watches with curiosity and avoids. Avoidance is the next stage closer to our goal, which is to ignore, and we are well on our way to it.