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Old 12-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
I think telling my dog "NO" in a situation that he (and I) think is correct is just going to make him think hes being a bad boy. She ended up leaving as I started to walk up to them, which left me thinking I did something wrong.
But does it really matter what she thinks? In the end, you protected your dog and removed him from a situation which could turn ugly. Not all dog owners have patience, especially when it comes to "protecting" their dogs from the "big bad GSD"

You can easily do it nicely. "*insert dog name*” wait for the dog to turn to you, “come over here and we'll find someone else to play with" for example. Use a calm but happy voice and given the choice the dog should come immediately to you. You're happy (dog is safe and with you), the dog's happy (rewards for obeying the recall), and the other owner is happy (you diffused the situation.)

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Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
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