Today was Rudy's first day but you never would have guessed it. Usually when a dog first walks into the back area (and still has the fence separating them and the other dogs) we see a few different responses. Some dogs get SUPER excited and start bouncing around like crazy trying to sniff everyone at once. However most dogs are a little overwhelmed with the new place and all the dogs. They'll approach the fence cautiously and sniff shyly at the other dogs.
When Rudy walked back there, he just acted calm and confident. He stood at the fence politely wagging and sniffing and didn't even bat an eye at the 20 or so dogs sniffing and wagging back at him. From the moment he entered the play area, he had a entourage following him around. Everybody wanted to be his friend.