Took my boy to an agricultural show yesterday and he didnt put a foot wrong. I wasnt meant to take him; he can be quite scatty (on saturday there was a triathlon near me and we got caught in the middle of the running section and he got all worried by someone with a camelback and tried to hide in a ditch) and nervous, so i had arranged for someone to have him for the day. Sadly, they had to cancel last minute so it was either take him, or stay at home. As it was only down the road i thought id take him along (with my friend and canine company he knows) and see how he went, knowing i could just leave if he wasnt happy. Well, he had a wonderful day out. I was worried he might shut down a bit and be a bit miserable, but he was anything but. He was clearly relaxed, openly friendly with everyone that wanted to fuss him (and LOADS did) didnt bat an eyelid at any noises or livestock (he shouldnt have done anyway, we see most species daily). For the first time ever i let children stroke him. Every single one asked first and after observing his body language around them generally, i allowed it. Well he was on his back and having tummy rubs in seconds. He was also incredibly gentle; which is tough for him. He's the epitomy of bull in a china shop. He lay down for each child and gently sniffed their hands, or gave a paw (nicely too - he didnt slap it at them like he does with me!). There was a fun dog show, but not one single class i could have entered him in. The only thing he lost his sh!t at was the lure coursing display. I think he REALLY wanted a go. He didnt watch the terriers/lurchers, but the actual lure itself. Could have had a go, but the guy running it clearly didnt have a clue about dog behaviour as he was allowing dogs that didnt know each other to chase the lure at the same time, and the inevitable scrap did happen. He also had a churro (my first time too) as i dropped one on the floor. He seemed to like it. He preferred the man making them though - kept wooing at him. My friends lab was a nightmare, which made me feel great about all the time and effort into Neds training i have made (Ned didnt once pull on the lead, despite it being a new experience for him). I treated him to a new toy (which he has zero interest in) and some peanut cookies. I might finally have a dog that i can take to public events without it turning into a douche and embarrassing me!